There’s really not ever much of a lull in my schedule. Maybe Sundays, when I am too exhausted from the frenzy of the week. A typical weekday goes like this: I get up at 6AM to make lunches and have a little quiet time alone. Then breakfast, the mad rush out the door to get the children to school on time. Then my own work: creative jobs, administrative jobs, deadlines, to-do lists, housework, errands. Then the children arrive home from school. Snacktime, homework, then football practice/karate class/religious school/playdate/extra school project, depending on the day.
Guess who’s in charge of remembering ALL OF THAT? Me! If your life looks anything like mine, you know that it’s important to stay limber and properly fed! Your body will tell you what it needs. At least MINE does. It communicates with me. Loud and clear. It shuts down when I’m exhausted. It gets tight when I haven’t exercised in a while.
My body makes me cranky and absentminded if I forget to eat. (Who am I kidding? I NEVER forget to eat. Okay, almost never. But when I do, my body reminds me.)
Usually, when I eat when my body is hungry, especially when I eat enjoyable and nutritious foods, I feel fine and ready to take on whatever comes next. I’m willing to bet that this works for almost anyone, including my family.
The key for me is Second Breakfast. Since I get up so early, I have a small snacky breakfast, like a banana. But after I get home from walking the kids to school, I’m ravenous, so I have a real breakfast then. Or that’s also the best time to have a meeting or a get together with a friend. “Shall we meet for Second Breakfast?” I will ask, and it works well. By then, rush hour traffic is over and I’m suitably hungry, but I’ve had something to take the edge off so I don’t make unhealthy choices.
Dietitians know this, and their simple, easy tips included here seem so obvious, don’t they?
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But they are right, and they are things to remember because in our busy lives, we often forget.
On good days I remember to bring a portable snack with me in case something runs long and I might get hungry while out doing errands or waiting at a practice, or being stuck in traffic in Los Angeles. Which happens a lot! On the bad days, well, let’s just say I’ve identified lots of places where I can pull over and get myself something to tide me over!
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