We’re always being told breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if, like me, you appreciate your time in bed, you probably never leave enough time in the morning to grab some toast.
This means you’re ravenous by lunchtime, and bound to enjoy your cuisine more than any early morning porridge.
Successful people are known to start their days with exercise routines and healthy breakfasts, in a way that many of us just don’t. But what do they do when lunchtime rolls around? Are you likely to bump into Bill Gates in Pret A Manger?
We looked into what 13 highly successful people reportedly eat for lunch. You might find some of their choices surprisingly relatable.
In 2011, the Facebook CEO and co-founder started a strange eating regime as a 'personal challenge.' According to a Fortune article, Zuckerberg is mostly vegetarian, apart from animals he has killed himself. He has taken to killing goats, pigs, and chickens for his meals, even using chicken feet for stock.
'I'm eating a lot healthier foods. And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,' he told the website. 'It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.'
'You hear a report that comes out, and it says you can't eat it and then you can, so I eat what I like,' he said.
According to People, Oprah has been a member of Weight Watchers for nearly two years. For lunch she has soup and a salad every day. One of her favourite pairings is tomato soup and Tuscan kale and apple salad.
While he appears to be eating something sweet here, the tennis star told Men's Fitness that he likes to focus on carbs and as many vegetables as possible at lunchtime. He also follows a strict gluten-free diet, and avoids dairy, caffeine, and refined sugar. A couple of examples are gluten-free pasta primavera and an avocado salad.
'During the day, I want my body to be as energised as possible,' he said. 'When I eat carbs with very little protein, I'm telling my body, 'I need energy.''
When Apple cofounder Jobs was alive, he would apparently often purge his body for weeks at a time. According to his biography by Walter Isaacson, Jobs would only eat one type of fruit or vegetable during these detox sessions, like apples or carrots. Once, he apparently ate so many carrots that he turned a 'sunset-like orange.'
Jobs apparently believed his diet meant he didn't need to wear deodorant or take regular showers.
Phelps is known for having a ridiculous diet when he's training. Some publications have reported that he ate around 12,000 calories a day before the Beijing Olympics. Phelps has since said that was a bit of an exaggeration, but his lunches were definitely big -- a couple of cheese and ham sandwiches, energy drinks, and a pound of pasta.
By the time Phelps was training for the 2012 London Olympic games, he was more likely to have a 1,000 calorie meatball sub for lunch.
People magazine reported that former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger often eats three slices of smoked turkey breast and plenty of vegetables for lunch. She also eats a lot of fruit like pineapples and blueberries.
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