A good healthy eating tip is to halve your lunch and save the second half for a few hours later. That way you guarantee yourself more opportunity for your metabolism to burn both portions and minimize the amount of fat that your body stores. You can pretty much do this with any of your meals but for me, it seems to work best for lunch because if I eat the whole thing, I usually get sleepy or congested or fat or all of these. Also I have something to look forward to in the latter part of my work day. Instead of coffee, I just go for the second half of my lunch.
Most health conscious people will say that one should eat smaller meals more frequently. Instead of the traditional three American sized meals a day, try four to six meals and see where that gets you. Eating is half the battle in the war on fat. You can work out all you want but if you’re not eating properly, you’re pretty much undoing a good chunk of what you accomplished in the gym. Figure out how many calories you should be eating a day and then try to estimate how much you should be eating per meal, whether that’s four or six meals per day. For me, a 6’0″. 205lb male who is moderately to very active, I should consume anywhere from 3,100 to 3,500 calories a day. That’s approximately 620 to 700 calories per meal. It’s obviously hard to hit this figure on the dot exactly each time but I just try to get near it as best as I can. Knowing myself, I tend to overeat so I just tell myself, when in doubt, cut it out. Corny, but can be very effective.
In order to follow this approach, you have to debunk the definition of a meal. A meal can be a glass of soy milk (80 calories) and a protein bar (200 calories). I’ll usually eat that between breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, I’m usually eating oatmeal or Greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, flax seeds, granola and some honey. Sometimes I mix in protein powder because I have to dull my withdrawal from steroids. For lunch, I just go to my superbly prestigious law firm cafeteria and get a sandwich (below) or some chicken breast with greens and whatever else they got going on. For dinner, I tend to rely on what Mama Lee or Gramama Lee whips up. Typically, they’re doing some traditional Korean fare, which includes plenty of white rice, rice cake, white noodles or other carb-rich dishes, but to combat this, I just take whatever they give me and dump half of it back in the pot. I compensate by eating more of the veggie or protein dishes.
All of this is easier said than done but if done, one will be quite happy with the results. Once you start trying this method of healthy eating out, you’ll realize that not feeling full, just satisfied is the perfect feeling after a meal. You won’t get food coma as much and you’ll still be on top of your game. Typically, when I tell myself, “Mang, I just want one more bite,” that’s usually a good sign to stop eating. It’s January now but there will come a time this year where the consequences of your eating habits will be exposed. Judgment Day will come like a thief in the night. Secure your abdominals! They’re highly prized! If you don’t have any, go get some!
A Much Healthier Manwich: pepper turkey, cucumbers, hot peppers, tomatoes, monterey Jack, red onions, avocado spread, honey mustard, all healthily placed on seven grain bread with carrot sticks and sweet pickles on the side.