This week it has been a physical impossibility to get into the kitchen. We have had the floor tiled and as a result it has made it difficult and at times impossible to move around and cook. We have had to resort to food that does not need to be cooked or snack foods for a few days. This has made it difficult to make good choices and continue with our normal diet which mainly consists of home cooked food from scratch.
A couple of months ago when we had the kitchen refitted we had a similar predicament but we were able to use the microwave and hob to although many surfaces were unusable. Then, I simply did a large quantity of cooking in advance and froze it, so we could reheat at our leisure. This time, we were unable to do that.
It really dawned on me this week how much I take for granted that I will be able to prepare good, wholesome food for myself and the effect it has on my body when I can’t.
As busy mums we have things that crop up from time to time. We can’t always account for every eventuality and so we really do need to be aware of our eating habits as well as cutting ourselves some slack when we can’t be as healthy as we’d like.
As I am sure you know my whole approach with clients is to ‘ditch dieting’. So, as such, I am not suggesting you should be sticking to a strict regimen with food but having an awareness of what you eat is necessary. You can only move forwards and lose weight without dieting if you really know what you eat and when.
A great idea is to keep a food diary. This needs personal accountability to make sure that you do it properly but as no one else needs to see it (as your teachers would say) if you cheat then the only person you are hurting is yourself.
I suggest keeping it for a week. That way you can see how the days you work affect your eating as well as the weekends when you may have a different routine. You can see how the running about with various people changes the way you eat, compared to evenings or daytimes when you have more time. If you get 3 days in and can’t face doing it any longer because of the horror, that’s ok too 🙂
By looking at your food choices you will be more aware of what you eat, you may be shocked at the food you eat without realising and it may help you to be more mindful. You can also think about how you feel when you eat different foods. I always feel lethargic and bloated if I eat lots of white bread, so I generally avoid it. You may notice similar reactions to certain meals or types of food, which in turn can help you to make better choices.
Using the 80/20 rule (you try to make healthy food choices 80% of the time), once you have identified your habits and downfalls means you have flexibility whilst making better choices and once you start making better food choices you will feel healthier, slimmer and lighter.
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