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How food affects your daily work

Eating good food and drinking water is important to get through the day, and feel enough energy. -Lonneke Engel

I have said this before!

When I do a photo shoot, I am always excited if I see they have a nutritious lunch, it makes me very happy!

Just like when I worked for a Dutch lingerie company a few months ago. The crew was great and we all had lunch together.

We all agreed the lunch was very tasty, and healthy, and everyone felt energized right after.

I think it showed in the pictures, because when everyone feels their best, they can create the best!

What did we have for lunch?

Unfortunately I only thought of taking pictures of the food when we were almost finished.

But you still see what it was like.

We had fresh sandwiches with a lot of veggies, cheese and meat for the meat- eaters,

A big italian salad with juicy tomatoes, pesto and mozzarella,

Healthy italian salad with pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella

We had different kinds of fresh pastas with tomato sauce or pesto,

There was a plate with all vegetables, including filled grilled peppers with a mix of orzo and black beans (yummy!), light pink beets (the best!) and other vegetables that were maybe a little bit cooked, but still crunchy. In the picture you see a bit of the grilled peppers and some black beans all over the plate, and a part of a sandwich that was left over:

other veggies

It is obvious that simplicity is the key, and that it is not too difficult to eat healthy.

I always encourage clients I work for to order catering with healthy foods, mostly veggies and fruits, for breakfast and lunch, and for snacks, as it will be of influence at the shoot, and makes the shoot go smoother. ( I believe that strongly!)

When I eat croissants in the morning, or heavy foods for lunch, an hour after I ate, I will crash. Seriously, I have fallen asleep ON the set more than on 1 occasion! What I do then is I take a cappuccino to pick me up. But really, I know that the reason I suddenly feel so tired, is the food I just ate. And If I would eat better, I don’t have this crash.. And I don’t have to drink a drug like coffee to make me feel awake… It made me think…

If you eat heavy foods, that are processed or not fresh, your body needs all its energy to digest it. So that means you will have less energy to do the other things you need to do in a day.

So always make sure you eat a good nutritious lunch and drink plenty of water!

Love, Lonneke

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4 Responses to How food affects your daily work

  1. Tajna May 14, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Lonneke,I notice there is Coca Cola there on the shoot and that is really unhealthy.I hope you didn’t have it! Also supporting the dairy industry by eating cheese is not the best decision.Not all cows are happily running around in endless pastures as we imagine.

  2. Lonneke Engel May 14, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    I knew someone would notice that! Tajna, I don’t drink Coca-Cola, but if anyone wants to drink it, it is their choice. I never tell anyone what they should or should not do, eat or drink.I never judge anybody. I just give tips on what I like. What I was trying to show was that there was a lot of healthy foods at the shoot, and that is what I had and it was delicious! I focus on the good things always! And cheese, again: if someone wants to eat it, it is their decision. I love cheese once a while,I am Dutch after all! Of course I prefer organic cheese. As long as you live your life the way you are happy with it, that is all that matters, Love Lonneke

  3. Valentina Zelyaeva May 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    great post, Lonneke! you made a good point on healthy food at the backstage. People always assume that models have tons of expresso in the morning, cigarette for a lunch and coco-cola for dinner. we, models, need a light yet nutritions food for us to look great and feel best at the photo shoots.

  4. Lonneke May 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Exactly! Everyone who organizes a photo shoot MUST offer REAL healthy, nutritious foods! Xlonneke

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