Fast food really is everywhere. Whatever country of the world you are in the big chains have beat you to it! My sister is in Japan at the moment and posted this picture of Mcdonalds there and it got me thinking about what a massive impact availability has on how we eat.
I really think that they key to eating well is about being prepared. It really helps to be mindful about the situation you are going to find yourself in next time hunger strikes. I find mental preparation for hunger and practical planning about what there is to eat
Here are 3 top tips to help you make better food decisions next time the munchies strike…
1) Go food shopping when you are well fuelled! If you hit the supermarket on an empty stomach or when you are dehydrated your mind will be hectic with thoughts of food and drink. When you are starting from a point of desire your thoughts about what you want and need will tend to be out of proportion. If you go when you feel content then you will make good choices and you will fill your fridge with the right types of food.
2) Over the next few days notice the times that your hunger strikes. For me 11 am is a sure bet. This seems happen whether I have had breakfast before then or not. So having noticed this I tend to save my breakfast for this time, this way I still eat the same amount but the timing just suits me better. This also has the benefit that I give my digestive system a nice long break which helps to promote healing in my body. Perfect!
3) Finally, learn to be comfortable with the feeling of hunger, you don’t always have to act on it. I find a great way to remind myself of this is to do a fasting day every now and then. I get up in the morning and don’t eat anything until it’s time for my evening meal. I go through my usual 11am hunger pangs and recognise that I don’t actually have to eat, it really is a choice. I feel absolutely fine as long as I drink plenty. On the following few days I have more self control and I can make betters decisions about whether I should eat or not and if so then what I should eat.
The clarity of mind that meditation leads too is an amazing skill that helps us to achieve better health through better decision making.
Come on a Revitalise Event to see how your body and mind thank you for a bit more attention. You will get lots of opportunity to clear your mind and a delicious meal to set you on track for a better diet.