So it is lunch time and you are trying to decide what to eat. Maybe you just have a hankering for hot chips. You begin to have that should I, shouldn’t I conversation.
Rather than make an emotional decision or choose the one that you can imagine the taste of in your mouth, ask yourself these questions.
- Will this meal nourish me? Does it provide the nutrients I need for my body to function well? Will it provide sustained energy and support a healthy happy mood.
- How will I physically feel 20 minutes after eating it? Most of us have a reference for how a certain food/meal feels. I enjoy the taste of hot chips but 20 minutes later I feel heavy, sluggish and uncomfortable and sometimes have reflux.
- What do I need to eat now? What am I doing for the rest of the day, am I working or exercising? How do I need to feel to get through the rest of today? Which meal will support my goals for the rest of today?
These questions remove the emotional and taste component of the decision and help you focus on choosing to nourish yourself. Food is fuel; you will only feel as good as the fuel you use!
Article by Fiona Kane
Nutritionist, Holistic Counsellor & Life Coach