This evening, I finished work after a long day of client sessions. It was one of those days where I didn’t get time to sit down and eat. On these days I usually plan well what I can quickly eat between sessions that will keep me fuelled and give me all the nutrients I need to get me through the day. Today I didn’t plan so I left work hungry. I knew I had nothing at home to eat, so I stopped at Sainsburys. I walked past the fruit and veg, past the dairy and meat and made a beeline for the bakery. This is the area I usually try and steer clear off because I am a sucker for a freshly baked baguette. I had a mission, I knew that I was going to buy a bag of Taste the Difference cookies and I did. I picked the chocolate and salted caramel ones, paid and left. I had opened the bag before I was even back in my car. Driving along, my mind was already thinking about tomorrow, planning my day and making sure I was prepared for it. I did not notice that I had eaten a whole cookie. One down 3 to go. I only noticed my cookie consumption when I was routing around for the next one on the seat next to me while keeping one eye on the road. At that moment realisation dawned. I had eaten a whole, massive cookie yet I could not tell you what it had tasted like, I certainly did not savour it, in fact I did not even enjoy it. I had just eaten it for the sake of eating it. I was tired after a long day at work, my mind was elsewhere and I was not concentrating on what I was eating. I was also hungry because I had not prepared anything in advance for my day, but I was not hungry for a cookie, I wanted real food. I did not eat the 2nd cookie, in fact I wound down the window and threw the contents of the bag into a nearby field.
It was an important moment though. My job is being a fitness professional and I live by the guidelines that I am always trying to instil in my clients. I know about eating properly for my body and I LOVE eating well as it makes me feel so much better than when I just eat crap. I also love treating myself from time to time and when I do I really enjoy the moment and make the most of it. That cookie was a moment of weakness; something that happens to a lot of us, especially in the evening. I don’t make a habit of it, but I can see how it could easily become a habit.
So if you are reading this while munching on a biscuit or a packet of crisps, think why you are eating them. Are you really hungry? If yes, then maybe you need to look at what you are eating during your mealtimes. Have your evening snacks just become a nasty habit that you need to kick in the butt right now? Is it tiredness and stress that are making you reach for that snack? If yes, I bet you don’t feel better for eating that whole pack of biscuits do you? And it certainly is not helping you sleep better!
It won’t be easy, I know that; but kicking the bad snack habit will make you feel so much better in the long – term. You will feel stronger for not giving in, your weight loss goals will definitely be a whole lot more realistic and you won’t be beating yourself up for giving in again. Don’t just take my word for it, try it for how it is going to make you feel.
If you want to start making changes to your diet and lifestyle, but need a guiding hand then send me a message.