Know Your Neighbourhood

Have you ever had one of those days when you’ve been racing around from meeting to meeting and haven’t had a moment to stop and feed yourself and then suddenly you get that all-encompassing feeling of “I NEED FOOD, NOW!!” and then you grab the first thing in sight to satisfy that hunger and neglect. If we lived in a world that was free from processed and junk foods this wouldn’t be such a problem, but chances are that first thing you grab is not so healthy.

Here’s an example. Each day for me is different and I am usually on the road for a large part of the day heading from the warehouse to the office to meetings. Most days I like to take my lunch with me to work, but some days I simply forget to prepare in advance, and its these days that I used to suffer the consequences. It’s usually when I am needed at the warehouse for much longer than planned and in these instances the ONLY thing to eat there is the Arnott’s Assorted Biscuits. I can’t tell you how many times that I have been SO hungry that 4 shortbread biscuits somehow had to suffice for my lunch. Not a good option. Or when I have been racing from appointment to appointment and realize that I am about to step in to a 2 hour meeting so I urgently try and find something remotely healthy to quickly consume so I can remain focused and alert for the meeting.

If you can relate to this then I urge you to keep reading as there is a simple solution to ensure that you don’t neglect you health and appetite in the future.

#1 Know your neighborhood. Make a concerted effort to become familiar with the food shops (especially health food stores) close to where you live, work and visit. Be armed with options so that when you only have 5 or 10 minutes to grab something on the go, you instantly know where your healthy choices are.

#2 Become more aware of what the most healthy choices are. If you’re in an industrial are (just like where my warehouse is located) chances are there will be a local sandwich shop. A salad sandwich is a much better option than piece of pizza, sausage roll, meat pie or hamburger.

#3 Keep a stash of healthy (non-perishable) snacks at the office. A jar of raw nuts and seeds will keep for weeks (almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds), as will a little box of instant miso soup sachets.

When ordering from take-away shops please be mindful of the following:
~ Order a sandwich on rye or wholemeal. Choose ingredients like avocado, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, carrot, sprouts (ie. veggies). Say no to the margarine, butter and salt.
~ When choosing salad toppings, it’s the same scenario as for the tips for sandwiches. Choose fresh veggies, and say no to the cheese, bacon, croutons etc. Choose an oil and vinegar dressing as opposed to the creamy cheesy “ranch” style dressings.
~ When eating sushi, go easy on the soy sauce as it is very high in salt.

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