Women Diets: Healthy Lunchbox Makeovers
Think what's in your brown bag would pass muster with a professional nutritionist? You might be surprised to learn how poor your diet really is
Alex H., designer
The meal: "I'm having a breakfast burrito for lunch. It contains beans, potatoes, bacon, eggs, cheese and salsa. I'm washing it all down with a Sprite Zero."
Kimberly Snyder's Assessment:
"Where do I start? First of all, we don’t want to “wash down” our lunch with anything -- any kind of beverage. It’s better to hydrate between our meals, so we reduce liquids at meals. Having a lot of liquids with our meals dilutes our digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid and makes digestion longer and more difficult, which can lead to bloating and make it harder to lose weight.
[Your specific beverage], Sprite Zero, contains aspartame, the artificial sweetener that is responsible for about 80 percent of consumer complaints to the FDA (headaches, various health problems, etc.). Our bodies do not know how to break down the chemical compounds (which really aren’t fit for human consumption) that artificial sweeteners are made of, and they are acid forming in the body. The more acidic we are, the faster we age and the harder it is to lose weight. NOT recommended!
In terms of the meal, the burrito contains several types of protein; eggs, and beans, plus dairy, which contains casein protein (which is especially difficult to digest), plus two different kinds of starch; potatoes and the wrap. Combining all of these different foods, which need different processes inside the stomach to be broken down, is like you are purposely trying to make lunch as difficult to digest as possible. It’s important to note that digestion may take 50-80% our total body’s energy and, if we’re wasting energy on digestion, it’s not being used to help re-build skin and hair cells, or to help you be stellar at work.
There’s not enough room to write about the cheese here (please read the chapter in my book on dairy) but [suffice to say that] it is pasteurized and clogging. And the bacon is pretty much synonymous with toxic; it's a heavy, fried animal protein that is way too energy sucking to have at lunch, and will make your afternoon sluggish and drag you down."
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