Once upon a time I had a problem. I suffered from this problem all of my adult life. I think the first time I recognized the problem was when I was a college student. What was that problem? Every single afternoon at around 2:00 I CRASHED! I became so stinking exhausted I could barely keep my eyes open. I became useless. All true productivity ended for several hours.
In college the solution was easy. I scheduled my classes around it and took a nap! Later on when I became a teacher I just powered through it. As a mom I started hunting down a cup of coffee.
Then in February we changed our eating habits! We lost the meat and dairy products and switched to a whole-foods plant-based diet. In a few days I became like a new person. My energy level SHOT THROUGH THE ROOF! I no longer felt as if I was going just keel over every afternoon. I started to actually be able to keep my eyes open as I read to my children. I found I had the get up and go to get up and go take my children to the playground or the library or the museum. What an amazing difference. I do believe it is my lunch choices that directly impacts my afternoon energy level.
So what do I eat for lunch these days? I prefer a hot meal if I can manage it but I don’t usual have the time to make one so we often eat the leftovers from another night’s dinner. Other days I have to take the time to put something together whether I like it not. I wanted to share with you one of my favorites. I call it the kitchen sink wrap. It is pretty simple, extremely healthy, and absolutely delicious!
I begin with a big green leaf. It might be kale or perhaps chard. I use that as the outside wrap instead of bread or anything else. I fill it with everything but the kitchen sink… otherwise known as every vegetable in the house. Raw carrots, celery, peppers, lettuce, onions. broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, and of course salsa! Do you know I eat about 4 and a half pounds of salsa a week? Ask my husband. The world stops if we don’t have salsa in the house. I don’t use mayonnaise or salad dressing or butter or anything like that very much at all any more. I use SALSA! YUM!
So I encourage you to stop and think about how your food choices are impacting you all day! I challenge you to make some changes and see if you can tell a difference. In the end it is all YUM so how can you go wrong?