Healthytarian Minutes with holistic teacher Evita Ochel. This episode shares about the benefits of being properly prepared by packing your lunch and some tips for healthy homemade meals beyond the home.

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Video transcript:

Preparation is the key to success, and when it comes to succeeding with healthy eating, health improvements or weight loss, bringing your own lunch to work or when traveling goes a long way. Quick, easy and convenient access to food will tremendously impact what you eat. When you bring your own homemade food, you make the healthy choice an easy one.

Here are some tips for preparing and packing your lunch:

Cook a double portion of dinner the night before, and pack the second half as your lunch to bring to work the next day.

Use batch cooking, that is preparing large quantities of food ahead of time, which can provide ready-made-meals to pack, or quick access to putting together meals for your lunch.

For best afternoon energy and productivity, focus on whole-meal salads, hearty soups or chili, wholesome wraps and vegetable-based entrees as your lunch choices, and avoid refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and heavy or greasy foods in your lunch.

Make sure that your lunch, or the food your bring for your day, also includes plenty of healthy snacks like fresh or dried fruits; nuts, seeds, or homemade trail mix; homemade bars, squares or similar treats made of nuts, seeds and dried fruits; or vegetable sticks and hummus. This will ensure quick and easy access to healthy foods that can fuel you throughout your day and prevent reliance on unhealthy snacks that zap your energy and cause your body stress.

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