According to the American Dietetic Association, more than 60% of office workers have resorted to eating lunch at their desks. A recent survey showed that 30% lunched at their desks to save time, while 46% do it to save time and money.
With waves of layoffs steadily decreasing the work force, there’s an increased workload for the “survivors,” resulting in lunchtime at the desk.
But don’t deny yourself a lunch break, either (this will result in weight gain, digestive trouble or sluggish productivity).
Try to concentrate less on work and more on what you’re eating; and don’t “gobble” down everything in one whop! Besides stress, you’ll get heartburn (and who needs that?).
Weather permitting, also try eating out, and by that I mean outdoors or some other place (not a fast-food joint) where you can “refresh” your mind and soul. You will feel better.
The largest producer of pecans (native to the South) is the U.S. But a drought in prime pecan-growing areas this year has forced prices upward. Two top-producing pecan states, Texas and Louisiana, have experienced record drought, thus dropping the Texas harvest to 40 million pounds from 70 million; the Louisiana harvest has decreased from 20 million to just 9 million. Another pecan-growing state, Missouri, has dropped from about 5 million pounds to only about 1.5 million this year. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture expects total U.S. production of pecans to drop by 14% (about 252 million pounds this year).
There’s also been a huge surge in demand for pecans from China (Chinese companies market pecans with claims that they will boost brain health and cure illness. This may be true; I do know they’re mighty tasty and always make me feel better!). For more pecan info, check out www.ilovepecans.org and www.buypecansonline.com.
Does Blood Type Determine Your Food Choices?
According to Peter D’Adamo, a naturopath physician and author of “Eat Right 4 Your Type” (1996), the genes behind each blood type is responsible for other proteins in the body, which relates to your particular food digestion.
If you have Type O blood, you’re among 45% in the U.S. You’re also the oldest blood type, performing best on fruits and veggies, lean meats and fish (particularly eating this) and intense exercise. Some beans and dairy products can lead to weight gain, sluggishness and even make you sick! (Really?)
Those with Type A blood will do best as vegetarians.
Type B blood people are hardy omnivores (you can eat anything and everything!).
If you have Type AB blood, you’re a combination of carnivore and vegetarian.