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Week-In-Review: What’s In Your Lunchbox?

Posted May 14th, 2010 by Carroll King Schuller

Some high-profile foodies are raising the profile of the school lunch.

First Jamie Oliver, now Rachel Ray.

A few months ago, famous chef and TV personality, Jamie Oliver started a TV series, “Food Revolution,” with the mission of improving food in our nation’s schools.  Earlier this week, Food Network talk-show host, Rachel Ray joined New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, on Capitol Hill to lobby for a more school lunch money.

What’s At Stake?

These inquiries into school lunches raise some good questions what’s in our own lunchboxes.

Nutrition and quality of life are inextricably connected, and thinking through those connections is something I challenge all of my clients to do.  Your happiness, career performance, and energy level are dependent on a constellation of issues.  Food –and your relationship to it–is one of those.

Unfortunately, food is a delicate topic.  It stirs up emotions, or at the very least, some bizarre cultural memories.

Cabbage diets, talk show hosts touting the next miracle pill, full-service gyms promising to make you a better, happier person.

The good news is that getting real about nutrition isn’t about guilt or beauty or thinness or measuring up to a destructive ideal.

It is much simpler than that. And much more important.

Eating well is like taking good medicine. Good foods in the right proportions will keep you energized and focused.

I often challenge people to implement some basic strategies:

Don’t skip meals just because you “don’t have time to eat.” Your work and energy level will suffer, ultimately costing you a LOT more time than a quick lunch.

Trust your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Eat what you enjoy. Eat what gives you energy.

“Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” This basic way of thinking about food comes from Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food.

Watch this video lecture to see Pollan talk about the way nutrition is much simpler than most people would let on.

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