Lighten up! Choose salad for lunch

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie


What's the first thing that'll happen after you devour that mid-shift Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and fries? Yep, foot pursuit.

During a ride-along I did recently with a large Bay Area agency, two cars (including mine, obviously) brought chow back to the company. Three of us had big salads--the fourth had a variation on the abovementioned "fried meat on jumbo roll with a heaping pile of fries."

Back in our car, the guy I was riding with said something to the effect of, "I can't do that [heavy meals on shift] anymore. With my luck, I’d get into a track meet with some 16-year-old bolt of lightning right after lunch."

I was reminded of this just last week when after spending some quality time on the 200-yard range with two officers from another Bay Area agency. Packing up our gear, we unanimously voted for lunch at one of those "Fresh Choice" type places. We left well-fed, but light on our feet and ready for anything the afternoon might bring.

Eating light in the mid-day has a bevy of benefits, but for our purposes let's remember just these two:

1.) In the short term, you will be better able to perform the type of short-burst, high-intensity physical activity that is central to a patrol officer’s daily experience.
2.) In the long term, you will very probably shed any unnecessary fat that makes for excess body weight, and lower your cholesterol levels, preventing heart attacks.

It’s untrue that "the only thing that can 'eat light' is an interstellar black hole." Coppers (and police website editors) can reap healthy rewards by choosing the soup and salad option as often as it’s made available.

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

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