#LunchChallenge: don’t forget to eat!

Did you know that skipping a meal is one of the best ways to derail your healthy eating plan? You might think that skipping a meal will save you on calories for the day and thereby assist in your quest to eat moderately, but in fact it does the opposite. Your body needs a steady stream of energy to keep on going, with 5 small meals being even more beneficial to a steadily burning metabolism than 3 large ones. The gaps of time when your body runs out of fuel creates a dip in your blood sugar and sends all kinds of signals throughout your body to put some more fuel in there! You might make it 1, 2, or even 5 hours past your normal meal time without eating but then everything in sight starts looking DELICIOUS. That super sugary treat that you can resist when your stomach is full suddenly looks much more amazing when you haven’t eaten in 5 hours. Your stomach is growling so you give in and…you have 10 of them! Derailed eating plan. Instead of several healthy groups of things throughout the day, you ate 2 healthy meals, a bag of powdered sugar donuts, a sleeve of potato chips, and a sugary drink. More calories with less protein and nutrients. With a bonus of post-sugar crash and gastrointestinal distress. Whee!

I do this: I inadvertently skip lunch. The kids and I are out and about in the mornings, then head home or we eat a pre-packed lunch wherever we are to be finished before naptime hits. I always pack their lunch and neglect to pack anything for me. Since naptime is frequently the only time I have to shower, I get busy showering, checking blogs/social media/answering email, doing laundry, falling asleep, etc. and before I know it one of them is awake and I never ate lunch. I’m starving but I can’t eat in front of them because that triggers a huge snack fest for them 2 hours before dinner time, which somehow results in no one eating any dinner. The only thing I can do is run into the kitchen when no one is looking and cram random snack food into my mouth. Fortunately, we don’t actually keep true junk food around the house so I’m not eating candy and the chips are baked organic ones with flax seeds, but these are not great substitutes for a meal.

#LunchChallenge: remember to eat

Enter the #LunchChallenge. Casey started this at some point a few months ago… I can’t remember exactly when, maybe before BlogHer? Anyway, she was Instagramming/tweeting pictures of what she would have for lunch with the hashtag #lunchchallenge. I jumped on the bandwagon basically as accountability. I need to be able to make sure I am actually preparing food for myself at lunch and eating it, and not just a handful of tortilla chips and salsa or the crusts that I cut off of LL’s sandwich. Actual FOOD.

We’d love for everyone to join us! Help keep us all accountable for eating — whether you want to remind yourself to eat healthfully or just eat AT ALL (I’m in the “I need to eat at all, regardless of the healthiness” boat). Take a picture of what you’re eating and tag it with #lunchchallenge! Let’s do it, oh, through the end of the month, maybe? Feel free to grab the graphic above for your blog if you want to reblog!

What is The Green Sisterhood and #greensisters?

Green Sisterhood logo

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed an avalanche of tweets this weekend with the hashtag #greensisters. I do apologize for the volume of grouped tweets, it should only have happened once. When you see tweets or shares with the hashtag #greensisters, you can know that I am sharing something from another blogger who is a member of The Green Sisterhood with me. You might be asking, “what is The Green Sisterhood?”. The short answer is that we’re a group of bloggers who blog about green living, the environment, various forms of low impact living, handmade and DIY, and who are all passionate about making positive changes for our future.

What does The Green Sisterhood do?

If you are a blog reader or someone interested in green living, climate change, or environmental advocacy, The Green Sisterhood is a great place to learn! Subscribe to our weekly email to receive summaries of what each sister is blogging about this week. Or, visit the main GS blog on Fridays for a weekly reading list of the best of the sisters’ posts each week.

If you are a blogger (green or not), The Green Sisterhood hosts free blogging-related webinars regularly. Today at 12pm CST we’ll be hosting Lara Galloway for a webinar entitled “Blogging is NOT a business”.

If you are a business or PR professional, The Green Sisterhood is a great way to reach people who are interested in your product, service, or book. With a combined 2 million page views per month, all the green sisters function as a unit to reach a relevant audience through our individual blog voices and social media channels. You can contact us for rates and options by emailing info {at} greensisterhood {dot} com!

What does The Green Sisterhood mean to me?

On a personal level, I feel really privileged to be a part of this group of women. I would not be tweeting out links to these ladies’ posts if I wasn’t truly interested in what they have to say. They encourage me daily to keep up a greener lifestyle and to advocate for change when I might otherwise be silent. I’ve found that The Green Sisterhood encourages me when I get discouraged about blogging or making positive changes in my own life and the lives of others. It can be difficult to “be green” when no one around you is doing it. I don’t know how many times I’ve had friends ask me a question about green living that I can answer by passing on a link to a post from one of my green sisters. Some of us are greener than others in various areas. Together, we have experience in nearly every area of sustainable living, or we know someone who does.

I feel like we also serve as sounding boards for each other when it comes to blogging decisions. For example, if I have a question about how to handle the business end of blogging, I ask these ladies. We had a great discussion just last week on working with PR reps, the points which we discussed will likely come up when I speak at BlogHer in Chicago in July. When Google shut it’s RSS reader shut down, there was Karen Lee with a post about alternatives to Google Reader. They’ve recently encouraged me to (reluctantly, awkwardly) embrace Google Plus.

I hope that you love The Green Sisterhood as much as I do and that you’ll follow along with us as we move forward for a greener future!