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
Changes/Suggestions:"The brown rice pasta is a good option, but she should try swapping it for quinoa pasta if it's available, since quinoa is a delicious whole grain that has all essential amino acids. Instead of cooking with olive oil I would suggest coconut oil, which is made up of medium chain fatty acids that maintain their structure and don't become rancid when heated. It also has a lot of beautifying properties and may help burn excess body fat. Low-sodium soy sauce is OK, but we must be aware that it still contains wheat, and therefore gluten, so an easy switch to consider is low-sodium tamari, which has a similar flavor profile but is wheat-free.
From the way Devran described her lunch, it sounds like she ate the orange last. Fruit digests very quickly in the stomach (in around 25 minutes), and if we eat it for dessert after heavier foods which take a few hours to digest, it gets backed up in our system like a traffic jam and can ferment, leading to bloating and other issues, so it essentially rots before we can assimilate all of its nutrients. I'd like her to switch to eating it first, or a few hours later as a snack."
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