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Avoid The Canteen!

April 20th, 2015 | by Events Staff
Avoid The Canteen!

Most schools are trying hard to upgrade their lunch programs and offer the best food they can for children these days, as are workplaces for adults. But not every school cafeteria or canteen provides appealing, healthy lunch choices. So lets get organized and prepare your own food, whether it’s for work or school, or even if you are on the road.

Even if your school or work place provides healthy options, it can be too easy to give in to temptation and pick a less healthy choice when you’re feeling really hungry. How do you take control? Take a packed meal of your own with you wherever you go. Please follow my guidelines, this is what makes my Healthy Eating plans I design so successful.


Here are the top 5 reasons to pack your own lunch and snacks.

  • Control. Do you ever wait in the lunch line only to find when you get to the front that you don’t like what they’re serving? So you reach for pizza or crisps again. A healthy packed lunch lets you avoid the lunch line (and any temptations). Bringing your own lunch and snacks also lets you control exactly what goes into the food you eat.
  • Variety. It doesn’t hurt to cave in and enjoy the occasional treat but if you’re eating these foods all the time, your body probably feels ready for a change. Taking your own food means you can enjoy some of your favorites but essentially you should be eating healthy food that you might not find at every canteen. It is easy to prepare Wholemeal pittas with ham, or chicken and salad, fruit, porridge and much more.
  • Energy. Eating through the day will increase your energy and help you lose weight as it speeds up your metabolism. Also if you have a big game or activity after school or work, plan food and snacks that combine lean proteins with carbohydrates to give you lasting energy and keep you going through the day. Some ideas: Your own “trail” mix of dried fruit and nuts or sunflower seeds, whole-grain pretzels, or a bag full of baby carrots, Wholemeal bagels and much more. I sometimes make a large pan of healthy soup the night before and warm it up using the microwave if available (it will also last a few days). Or for another example make a tuna salad with basmati or brown rice to include a carbohydrate.
  • Cold hard cash. Pack healthy snacks so you don’t feel tempted to step off campus for a fast-food lunch, or hit the vending machine or corner store for chocolate and a soda! Put the money you save on such snacks aside.
  • That warm and fuzzy feeling. Remember when your mother or father used to pack your lunch? Pack yourself a retro lunch featuring healthy versions of old favorites.


Whether you eat a packed meal or eat in the cafeteria, what’s important is that you make healthy choices. If you’re concerned that your cafeteria doesn’t offer enough healthy options, get involved in trying to make changes. Ask a teacher or employer in food service for advice on how to get started.


So my top tips for this week are:

  • Be organised. Make your food the night before to take to work or school with you.
  • Eat little and often 5-6 small meals a day minimum and avoid large portions, even at night.
  • Have a protein source and a healthy carbohydrate source with every meal
  • Do not starve yourself all day then have a huge meal at night
  • Exercise 3-5 times a week even if it is just a brisk walk during your lunch hour or in the evening.


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