I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to fully understand why I constantly make the wrong food choices, or why I always seem to be hungry, but the penny seems to be dropping at last.
Let’s take today for example. I had a healthy breakfast of porridge made with almond milk, a tablespoon of seeds, a handful of blueberries and a teaspoon of honey. So far so good.
This morning I was accompanying a relative to a hospital appointment and gave absolutely no thought to lunch. As you would expect, the appointment was a good hour late, lunchtime came and went, and I was hungry with a capital H. Normally this would signal a quick trip to the hospital café to buy a sandwich, but today, for some reason I fought against this quick fix impulse and waited.
Now, my heart doesn’t like me being hungry, and tends to jump about a bit as a reminder for me to eat, but no matter, I persevered until I got to a proper shop where I bought some pre-cooked beetroot, some smoked salmon and a banana. Quick and tasty. So now I have a happy heart and hunger is abated.
So what’s the lesson here? Planning! Why didn’t I just take a banana in my handbag? So, using this lesson as a guide, I looked back at the rest of my dodgy food choices this week
- a burger at Tatton park (excuse – couldn’t find anything healthy)
- toast and jam (excuse – nothing in the fridge)
- bread and Philadelphia cheese (excuse – had forgotten to get food in for lunch and the corner shop had virtually nothing healthy)
- a 99 from the ice cream man – (excuse – had nothing healthy in for pudding)
- a scone and jam with clotted cream – (I was out and it was lunchtime and couldn’t see anything healthy in the café)
It seems to me that eating in the middle of the day is the biggest hurdle: -breakfast is always the same and planned for, dinner is planned each weekend for the following week, but lunch is left in the lap of the gods – which leads to all sorts of trouble.
So this week I’m going to plan my lunches as carefully as my other meals so that I avoid being hungry and choosing the wrong thing. Quite often I’m out during the day so I need to find portable choices that don’t take too much prep. Better get those recipe books out.