Food, one of the best things in life yet the one that causes people the most challenges when it comes to feeling at their best.
Get your food right and you’ll feel great.
Get it wrong and it’ll crush you.
It’s our go to thing for every emotional event in our life- happiness, stress, celebrations, grief …….
As a coach, I can honestly say that food is the biggest challenge for 99% of our clients.
With all the information out there, people just seem to get paralysed into making consistently poor choices.
And with the whole ‘foodie’ movement on Instagram, etc. (where every meal has to be snapped, filtered and posted, many people have forgotten one the most important skills to eating healthy
Eating boring, bland food from time to time
You see, if you’re like most people, chances are you’re busy. You’re busy with work, family, school runs, travel, social commitments such as training the youth team, etc.
You’re probably not just hanging around the place with nothing to do, and all day to do it. You have to run here, drive there, sit in on this meeting, meet this client, bring the kids to the dentist, meet the builder about the new extension, collect a friend from the airport, leave early from work to beat the traffic, etc.
This is life and life gets fairly demanding.
And when life is demanding, time is scarce. And when time his scarce, you probably don’t have lots of it to whip up amazingly tasty, out-of-this-world looking meals.
But when you’re scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, etc. you’re torn- ‘All these healthy people eating all these healthy foods that look unreal, I’m going to do the same.’
And then you do it only to discover that it takes 2 1/4 hours to whip up a tuna salad and have it looking like one of Insta-stars salads.
And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, it becomes a problem when people think that every meal they are going to eat must be a work of art and taste absolutely delicious, every single time they eat.
But it doesn’t, especially if you want to live in the real world where you’re probably not a professional chef (unless that’s exactly what you are, in which case, you’re sorted for life).
Some people can pull this off, but for most people it’s just not realistic.
One of the greatest skills you’ll ever learn when it comes to food is how to eat boring, bland food when you don’t have time for anything else, and just need to get something healthy into you.
Sometimes, preparing a beautiful stir-fry with perfectly cut broccoli and expertly cooked chicken and the perfect blend of herbs is exactly the right move- you have the time and you deserve it.
Other times, throwing some broccoli into a pan of boiling water and eating it with some grilled chicken is all you can manage because you’ve 2 toddlers pulling the house down around you. Or maybe it’s just because you’re absolutely wrecked from that 12 hour shift you’ve just finished and couldn’t be bothered to do anything else.
I had this conversation with a client recently where I was explaining that not every meal has to be a divine creation. I think a lot of people have this idea that it needs to be if you are to eat healthily, and when the reality of it kicks in, that sometimes it’s just not going to happen, they just revert back to convenience food to get that shot of fantastic flavour that the boiled brocollire failed to deliver.
And of course, nothing wrong with a bit of convenience food from time to time either.
Of course, make as many of your meals as tasty and enjoyable as possible, but just remember that it’s perfectly ok to throw in the odd boring-but-convenient meal every now and then.
It will help you stay on track and avoid always having to fill that void with convenience junk food. And I know for a fact, it’s a go-to tactic of every fit, healthy person.
Thoughts- I’d love to hear them in the comments sections below.
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