Just because I have to work on the road doesn’t mean I have to settle for junk food
A few times a week I have to go out into the field, running from construction site to construction site. When it comes to lunch it is so easy just to give in and grab some junkfood scarf it down in one bite and get back into the race. It’s the easiest thing but it’s also the worst thing. Junkfood is loaded with empty calories, high salt, bad carbs, bad fats, chemicals, and GMO’s. Not to mention that countless studies have confirmed that eating under stress and rushed is detrimental to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of an individual. But with just a tiny bit of effort – just a few minutes – you can create a delicious healthy and easy meal for a good lunch.
Preparing for a Healthy Lunch
Every Sunday before I cook the great Feast I’ll cook up something for lunch such as an egg scramble, omelette, frittata, Spanish Tortilla, etc… and sometimes when I’m running low on time I’ll just buy a pre-made roasted chicken. Many grocery stores sell all-natural antibiotic free roast chickens like Open Nature brand at Safeway & Albertsons, Whole Foods, and local natural stores all sell their own and they normally cost around $10. Carve it up with legs, breasts, wings and you have way more than you need for a whole week – $2 per meal! Buy a tub of Organic lettuces or baby spinach ($5) that will last a whole week for a salad, some fresh fruit, a piece of bread, and being Mediterranean, I always like to end the meal with a piece of cheese or a little yoghurt. In either case for a few dollars you can have the makings of a delicious meal.
My Truck an Oasis
Rushing around town and seemingly always running just a few minutes late to my next appointment is certainly not my definition of a tranquil spa like experience but just because we’re living the rat race doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our health and the sanctity of enjoying a good meal. The first thing I do is always clear time for a good meal, I actually make an appointment on my calendar for the lunch window. This way when I check my calendar to schedule meetings I see that time window blocked out, same goes if a colleague wants to schedule a meeting and they check the calendar they will see I am busy during that time. You have to have discipline and respect for your own time and the value of your time.
Let the Feast Begin
Once the time arrives for a good lunch I like to drive to a park or someplace nice – benefit of working in the OC are plenty of beautiful parks and beaches to chose from but sometimes a simple parking lot will suffice.
I like to spread out my meal before me and say a little prayer of thanks. Put on my Mediterranean Chill playlist from Spotify and slowly savor every bite of the meal. And I really mean that – taste the food, actually chew it and slowly enjoy every morsel of flavor. When you buy quality even just a little bit of anything is full of flavor. And once your done take a few minutes to relax before jumping back into the rat race grind. If I can swing it I try to squeeze a quick 15-20 minute power nap in, it’s my siesta.
My most recent Field Day saw me with a chicken breast from a chicken I roasted using the herb butter I typically reserve for roast turkey, I put it on a bed of organic baby spinach – it was delicious! A few mixed olives, a piece of artisanal French sourdough, a cup of organic grapes and a slice of Spanish Manchego style cheese. Savoring this meal while listening to a little Spanish guitar was my oasis in an otherwise crazy day. Take a good lunch today; you deserve it.