In the mad rush of our daily life its inevitable that we’ll be caught on the hop, our tummy growling for a feed when hunger strikes. Feeling hungry can override our rational decision-making and often drives us to choose high kilojoule food options as a quick hunger fix.
It doesn’t help that we are surrounded by fast food joints on every second corner, making it even harder to resist when we need food fast.
How do we avoid this? How can we avoid being that hungry, junk food craving, cranky pants who has lost the ability to regulate our appetite? Well, it is much simpler than you’d think.
Before the big multinationals created the trillion dollar fast food industry, the ‘fast food’ of the good old days was fruits and vegetables. Imagine that!
In the pre golden arches era, when you were hungry, you grabbed an apple or a banana and whacko, hunger gone. To soothe the growling doberman you would munch on a salad sandwich chock full of veggies that would keep you going all afternoon.
Nowadays is no different. Fruits and veggies should always be your number one option, and they are sold in abundance at the supermarket, the greengrocer and the fresh food market, though admittedly, they don’t usually have a drive thru.
If food is primarily about convenience for you then it’s critical to prepare ahead of time. If you pack healthy snacks and quick foods to go in your work bag then you’ll always have a fast food option that is nutritious and filling.
Apples, bananas, grapes and mandarins are the ultimate portable snacks and they even come with their own packaging! How about making your own healthy trail mix? This is my favorite go-to snack when I’m out and about. I put some nuts, raisins, and dried fruit like cranberries in a little Ziploc bag or plastic container. It is always there and it never fails me.
If a snack alone won’t silence the growling beast, make sure you’ve got enough food with you to override the siren-like lure of the golden arches. A thermos of soup, a salad wrap, hummus dip and vegie sticks with some pita chips, the options are literally endless.
Fast food is simply food at hand. While that cheeseburger may hit the spot for five minutes, the guilt and kilojoules will linger.
Be the master or mistress of your own destiny and pre-determine the foods you wish to eat during the day to keep you healthy and happy. Ultimately it should be you who decides, not your hunger.