Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Diet Dilemma #2

DILEMMA:  Finding a healthy lunch at the cafe/restaurant or cafeteria.
The Devil says:  "Ah, the smell of the french fries, the lure of the melted's been a tough morning and dinner is a long way off, so you'd better fill up now."
The Angel says:  "I'm sure you'll make a healthy choice because you know that weight gain can increase your risk for a number of illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and maybe even cancer.  So march straight to the salad bar and load up on leafy greens with fat-free dressing."
The Voice of Reason says:  "The last time you had only a salad for lunch, you were looting the Snickers stash by 3pm." 
The Solution:  Order the salad, but add a few pieces of grilled chicken (or other lean sources of protein such as beans, salmon, eggs, tofu) and an olive oil dressing, which stays with you longer than the fat-free stuff.  Then grab an apple and a part-skim cheese stick or yogurt parfait to snack on later.  The all-or-nothing approach to eating can leave you either overstuffed or underfed; instead expanding your definition of lunch to include and afternoon nosh can keep you on a healthier track.

I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.  - Erma Bombeck

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