Following on from last Tuesday’s post on body image, today I’m focusing on what we eat, how we eat and why we eat what we do.
This theme originated from a post on LiveLivingNow.com, which is a new blog to me and contains a great mix of content. On Sunday Emma posted a challenge on her blog which was to make a conscious choice about what we eat.
This is not about dieting, restrictions, banned foods or calorie counting but about being mindful of what we fuel our bodies with.
By thinking about what we eat and drink, we may find a way to making healthier choices and that can only be a good thing. Emma put the call out to her readers to join her in this challenge and as someone who starts every week with good intentions and ends every week with cake… seriously? No, not really, but you get the idea! I thought this is a challenge where a virtual teammate/cheerleader would be very helpful, so I volunteered to do the challenge alongside her.
And then I remembered the carton of Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer and the half eaten bar of Galaxy…
I generally have a healthy diet but am very aware that sometimes I don’t eat proper meals and often I have more sugary foods than maybe I ought to – cake, chocolate, ice cream. I am also a bored eater and a comfort eater, evening time is the worst (I think I touched on this last week) as I prowl the kitchen hunting out a little something.
Why? Is it because I have nothing better to do?
Back to the challenge: Sunday evening and I’m feeling a little hungry, real hungry as opposed to bored hungry, so I mindfully consider the things I could eat Ben & Jerry’s, chocolate… and make myself a soy hot chocolate and have a small slice of buttered bara brith (a Welsh fruit cake made with tea) and consider that I made a good and conscious choice.
I have to say at this point that I’m not very good at eating a proper lunch (flapjacks, a slice of cheese, a veggie sausage) so on Monday I decided to get a ‘meal deal’ from Tesco (just £3 – bargain!). In the deal you can chose a sandwich, wrap or pasta salad, a drink and a snack. Being mindful of the challenge I chose a chicken and avocado sandwich, a no-added sugar Oasis, and not crisps, not chocolate but a pot of pineapple chunks!
Yay! Go me, totally rocking making a conscious choice.
Keeping with this for the remainder of yesterday, and feeling hungry after running club and even with Ben & Jerry’s tempting me, I made a healthy choice and had a single slice cheese and marmite sandwich and a soy hot chocolate.
So far, so good. Knowing that I’m not restricting myself but instead making a choice somehow seems easier than conventional dieting, maybe this is the future, for me at least, and a way to reduce the sweet things!