At work we have an instant messaging function on our IT system. My coleagues are spread all over doing the same job so it is a great way of keeping team spirit despite our remote locations. Today my manager let us all know that he was off to Greg’s to get his lunch.
It got me thinking about food choices because as I read his message I was drinking a smoothie made of grapefruit, spinach and ginger. It was totally delicious and a million miles from a Greg’s pasty!
I am lucky to have a great supply of spinach and lots of other home grown goodies because Martyn, my husband loved to grow vegetables. So I had an easy opportunity to make sure my day was fuelled by natures best nutrition! Sitting in an office it is easy to fall into the trap of buying lunch from somewhere convenient and making a healthier choice can seem almost impossible.
For me getting diagnosed with MS was then end of bad food choices. It is just not an option for me any more. I have my health in mind, and want to stay well so much that I am willing to sacrifice any amount of pasties, cakes, meat, dairy, all sorts …the list goes on!
Of course I still have moments of temptation when I see someone eating something that looks delicious or I smell something that my taste buds remember from days of old! Mindfulness has helped me so much in these moments. Where as it might have upset me in the past I get through it so easily now.
I can recognise now that thoughts are just thoughts. I can take a big sniff if I smell something lovely that I no longer eat and simply enjoy the small and the memory for that moment. It doesn’t mean that I am going to act on that want. I can recognise it as a situation where I have to make a choice about whether I take any action and every time I chose my good health.
Luckily most people can enjoy a really wide range of foods and stay healthy. For most people making good food choices does remain an important issue and often for healthy weight management. Taking time to decide what to eat really does make all the difference. Rather than seeing something you fancy and acting on impulse or smelling something delicious and deciding you must have it always stop and think.
Taking a few deep breaths before you make that purchase or take that first bite could be all you need to get your eating habits back where you want them. Think just for a moment about what you are about to eat. Will it make you feel good when you have finished it? Is it good for your body? Is it really what you want to fuel your body with?
Recognising cravings and longings as thoughts is such a powerful realisation. Once you get the hang of watching thoughts rather than acting on them anything is possible. You put yourself back in control. The maker of your own destiny again.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how learning to think more clearly could make your life better in so many ways. The retreats are the perfect break from everyday life and they really do provide an opportunity to decide what is important to you. Think about it, then act on it, it makes sense.