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Eat Lunch Like A Prince

Part 2 of a three-part series on eating well. Breakfast like a King is here.

Lunch like a Prince... what does this mean exactly? Beyond the obvious that lunch should be smaller than breakfast what is the most important thing about this meal?

Well since lunch is in the middle of the day (more or less), the first thing we have to acknowledge is that we have used up all the energy that we got from our healthy breakfast so now we need more energy for the remainder of the day or at least until dinner time.

It needs to be solid energy that will last a long time so this is definitely not the time for something heavily sweet or simple carbs that get burned up in an hour leaving you in worse shape than you were before you ate them

I spent a lot of time looking for answers as to what should be included in a healthy lunch. One of the first things I found that made sense was that it should include at least three food groups.

Food Groups are vegetables, fruits, grains, protein and dairy/calcium-rich foods according to the food guide.

Try to avoid the canned and processed stuff if you can whole food or homemade is always better for you even if they do take a little bit of extra time.

U. of Washington has an article about this on their web site that is worth a look-see, it is where I got some of my ideas from.

One other thing to remember is that if it is good for kids the chances that it is good for you are good so it really need not be elaborate. A slice of whole grain bread with some peanut butter with a quick green salad is as healthy for you like some fancy dish that takes an hour to prepare. I like my lunches quick and I like them healthy so as usual, I put together a board on Pinterest to give you some ideas for your own lunch and for me as a reference when I get bored.

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Eat Breakfast like a King

That is the first line of a poem that I heard long ago. I am not sure who wrote it or even if I am quoting it right.

If a (wo)man would eat
Breakfast like a king
Lunch like a prince
Dinner as a pauper
Such a (wo)man would be
Healthy, wealthy and wise

I think a prince is supposed to refer to the storekeepers and such who ate three course instead of the 10- 12 courses a king would have at that time. I think it was written in the 1500's

After a little research I found that it was made popular by Adelle Davis in her weight loss book "Lets Get Well", but she only used "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper". I know I have seen that quote as written above elsewhere but danged if I can remember it now. All good sound advice considering she wrote that book in 1965

What it basically says is eat a large meal when you break your fast in the morning, a mid-size lunch and a tiny supper and you will become healthy, rich and smart.

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