I started off the day knockdown exhausted. I had two dreams during the night about waking up in the morning so when my alarm went off it was a bit disorienting. While sitting bleary eyed at my living room, I made a cup of coffee. When I went to get the second cup, I realized the garden tomato the neighbor gave me was getting soft, so I decided to have a tomato and mayonnaise sandwich. I was tired, not hungry.
Conscious Eating and Hunger
Four hours later, as I was finishing up a few tasks before running out the door to an appointment, I realized I was stomach-growling hungry. I was feeling rushed and I wanted to ignore my hunger. I’ve followed diet plans where your body’s needs are things that the creators of the diets insist should be ignored. It’s true, sometimes you can’t eat when you’re hungry, but this wasn’t one of those times.
I grabbed something to eat and I immediately felt better. Since it was three hours before I had the chance to eat lunch, eating a snack was a wise decision. What I ate wasn’t the best option (a leftover pork rib) but it was there and I didn’t have many other options. Although I was more conscious of my body’s need for food, I’d that realize I’m missing an essential step toward healthy eating – healthy food.
Time Management and Dieting
Although I make the time to shop each week, I tend to think of what my fiancé and I will eat for dinner. Even those meals aren’t particularly well planned. I usually buy staples like pasta and rice to go with the meat and poultry we buy in bulk at a butcher shop. In the morning I defrost something and then, just before dinner, I go looking for vegetables and a side dish.
I don’t plan breakfast and lunch so those meals tend to consist of whatever I find. This probably explains the tomato and mayonnaise sandwich with which I started my day. Time management and dieting means planning meals, shopping for food, making meals, creating time to exercise, etc. I do need to give some more time to planning so that when I notice I’m hungry I have a variety of good option.
I’m not talking about dieting in the sense of reducing calories or counting how many servings of carbohydrates I’m taking in each day. I want healthier food options nearby and ready to eat when I’m hungry. It’s all part of the process of conscious eating.