I want to look at the ‘why’ for a second. Think of yourself when you were in school – you had breakfast before you left for school, you had a small morning break, you had a regular lunchtime meal, and then usually you would come home and maybe have dinner after school or a little bit afterwards. You had designated break times.
Now as adults, we often don’t get to have those frequent meals. If we’re busy in the mornings we’re inclined to grab something quick like a slice of toast, or if we’re running to do school pickups or trying to get something done we’re inclined to just grab and go. I want you to start thinking about WHY you’re making the choices you’re making.
If it’s a case of ‘I’m on my lunch break and I’m running to the local cafe to grab a sandwich already wrapped and ready to go and a cup of coffee’, well you’re doing that because you know it’s quick, easy and convenient. So when you’re planning food over the next couple of days, you know that your requirements on that day are to have a quick, easy, convenient lunch. You can make that at home yourself, you don’t have to be taking what you can get from a local café. You may be happy to do that, and that’s fine, but what we’re trying to ascertain at the moment is are you actually meeting your needs?
Are you being reactive in your food choices? ‘I’m really hungry now, I have to pick something fast’ or ‘I’m just going to grab that doughnut with sugar and it’s going to raise my blood sugars for a little while just to get me through the afternoon’ or are you being proactive and saying ‘I always get hungry at 3pm so I’m going to bring something with me to eat’. That something might be a bar of chocolate and that might satisfy you that might be enough to keep you tied it over until your next meal comes around, but getting clear on WHY we’re making the choices we’re making allows us to make optimised choices for ourselves.
This is a question for you to reflect on this evening and this is your challenge for today – why are you choosing the foods you’re choosing? Is it because you’re hungry? Is it because you’re needing a little bit of comfort in the evening and you’re just looking for something nice at the end of a busy day?
Reflecting on these can be a real eye-opener when it comes to serving your own needs.
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