She runs, and runs, and runs herself completely thin – completely shredded and wasted in the cold sweats of her exhaustion. Too high on her own endorphins to feel any pain, her eyes remain beaded and awake as she tries putting herself to sleep. Just barely able to rise in the morning, her feet crackle as she walks across the floor, ready to run another day.
These marathon days are all too common of behavior. With the responsibilities of maintaining a work life, a home life, a social life and a personal life taking on a pace that is faster than ever, we have no choice but to chase the expectations that people have of us.
Luckily, there is a way through the fire! Instead of focusing on what tasks need to be completed, focus your attention to how you can make yourself prepared for the tasks. When we feel prepared within ourselves, we are able to complete any and all tasks with greater ease and comfort. Furthermore, we will be able to settle our nervous systems in such a way that lets us comfortably move at any pace.
Well, for everyone it will be slightly different, but one thing we all have in common is food. It’s all too easy to go through a drive thru and order a hot sandwich and a blended beverage. It saves us the effort and the thought. But wouldn’t you feel better knowing that you put in the effort and the thought?
It would make you feel like you were more prepared, wouldn’t it? Knowing where to start is the most overwhelming part.
A lot of people spend far too much time backtracking their diet history. What I suggest instead is the following;
Make a meal plan for yourself. Plan to eat that meal plan for the next 7 days.
Now this is where it gets complicated for a lot of people.
Many of us worry about whether or not we are going to have a microwave accessible or whether these meals will be able to be eaten while on the go. If there is no microwave accessible – be creative! Remember, this doesn’t have to be a task – it will be fun to create new recipe ideas, and it will certainly make you feel better about what you’re putting into your system. Regardless, it is important that you write out a rough idea of your week-to-week schedule.
Knowing your general whereabouts at different meal times throughout the day will help you to plan out when it is best to eat certain meals.
Here’s an example:
On a weekday, I am working at the gym and there is a microwave accessible. I am able to have my protein powder and creamed wheat, my meat and vegetables, and my rice dish. There is also a refrigerator at work; however, I would rather not compete with the serious body builders for shelf space in the fridge.
This means, I won’t have my yogurt or my milk and cereal at work. So, for weekdays, I plan it so that I wake up and have my protein shake for breakfast. When I go to work I have my protein powder and creamed wheat, my meat and vegetables, and my rice dish. After work I can come home to some milk and cereal, and then I can finish up my day with a salad or some yogurt.
This can work for Monday to Friday, but when I prep for the weekend I must remember that at my Shakespeare rehearsal there is no microwave. There is a fridge, but because we are renting the rehearsal space, it is awkward if I use the fridge.
This means, when I go to rehearsal I can plan to eat beforehand and pack a couple of light snacks. Hummus and vegetables are perfect because it provides me with a protein source and fiber.
Sometimes I’m able to boil eggs in advance and eat them with some light cheese and raw vegetables. Another easy snack is cottage cheese and salsa with rice crackers. The most important thing is that I have protein at every meal.
This will help to maintain my appetite, particularly when I am up and on my feet the whole time.
When we are properly nourished, we perform better.
Our minds are clear, and we no longer have to think about whether we feel good or bad about our diet. How we feel about our diet becomes about whether or not we feel prepared.
So knowing this, how prepared do you feel? Answer in the comments!