This evening Noah and I called in to see our friends Kate and John. John had just got home from work. He said as he came in that he was starving and that he hadn’t eaten anything all day. I asked if he really meant ‘nothing’, not even a cheeky Mars bar of a packet of crisps. He meant nothing.
I saw another friend today who had a food confession for me. She was really not happy with herself so I’d better not name her. She needed some change from the shop and bought a family sized bag of chocolate buttons in order to get it. Needless to say that the buttons didn’t make it home and they all got devoured on the way. She even tried to put them away in the glove box mid way through but had to immediately dive back in for more!
So neither of these food stories are great but they really are more common that you might think. Neither of my friends felt good about themselves. It is so easy to slip into bad eating habits, all it takes is a moment, or a day, of mind-less-ness. The nameless chocolate eater was mindless as she rammed more buttons into her mouth whilst she was driving. John claimed he had no time to eat because he was too busy, this was also mindless but over a longer period.
We all need breaks in our day and meal times are a great opportunity to make sure we get those breaks in. If we work all day without stopping it is very unlikely that our work well. If we drive whilst we are eating it is very unlikely that we drive well. Neither situation will lead us to enjoying our food fully.
Think back through your day and make a list all of the things you ate. List everything, even the smallest of snacks. Writing down what we have eaten can often provide quite a shock. Whether we have eaten much more than we thought, or much less, it is a great way to take stock of what is going on. Reflect on your list for a few minutes. Think for a moment about how you have felt during the day as a result. Work out what changes you will make tomorrow.
Taking time to stop and think about out eating habits has so many benefits. Our daily lives can become a haze of rushing around and failing to give our bodies the attention they deserve. If we want our bodies and minds to work properly then providing the right sort of fuel at regular intervals is essential.
With a bit of thought it is usually possible to make some good swaps in our diets. Swapping fresh food for processed food is one of the simplest ways to change how you eat. Just having this rule in mind will help you to make better choices, it will help you to stop and think.
Come on a Revitalise Day to try amazing fresh food that is so simple but really delicious. You will leave inspired to make good food part of your everyday reality.