Alright. As referred to a couple of days ago, here’s what Eating like an Adult means to me:
- Wine is for weekends (and so is any other alcohol)
- Take breakfast and lunch to work every day
- Cook dinner most nights
- All baked goods consumed must be home made
- If goods are going to be baked, a raw option must be seriously considered first
- Food preparation and planning is essential. Bulk shopping and cooking will happen on Sundays or Monday nights
- One coffee per day- two on weekends
- Work towards the long black with milk. Work away from the latte.
- Craving something sweet? Eat fruit
- Craving something sweet? Eat some good fat
- No bread, no rice
- Eat as little sugar as possible. The WHO recommends 6 teaspoons a day- aim for that
- Dessert is a sometimes food. So is chocolate.
- Have Loving Earth or Pana Chocolate in the house at all times, and eat sparingly when required
- Re-visit raw chocolate mousse
- In times of Take-Away, there will be no rice and no roti consumed
- No diet soft drink. No full-sugar soft drink. No juice.
- Water and mineral water, lots of it
- Focus on good protein and lots of vegetables at meal times
- Protein doesn’t need to be meat
- Make home made hommus
- Love cooking. Invest time into cooking. Reinvigorate cooking as a hobby.
- Figure out how to satisfy the 3 pm craving at work. Cook or bake accordingly.
- Eating out? Soup is a good choice. You always enjoy it more than you think you will.
- Eating out? Choose the most delicious looking meat-and-veg dish you can see on the menu. You might like the idea of the pasta, but you’ll like the taste of the other dish more.
- Choice between salad and chips? Go the salad
- Read the packets. Stick with the natural stuff. If you’re going to eat pre-made, then make sure the ingredient list looks like a recipe list.
- Control the food fomo. When there’s lots of food on offer, take only what you need (not what you want)
- Listen. Is your body hungry? Are you bored? Are you dehydrated?
- Know what qualifies as a special occasion. Choose your moments to indulge/celebrate.
- Do not indulge on a daily/weekly basis
- If you’re going to eat like a kid, at least make it worth doing (don’t eat the really bad high-calorie food. Eat the really good high-calorie food. Choose the cheese over the chips)
- The following foods are not to be eaten every single day, but nor are they to be associated with guilt when consumed:
– Sweet potato
– Loving Earth or Pana Chocolate
– Any ‘raw’ home-baked goods
- Eat nothing from service stations. Eat nothing from fast food outlets.
So there you go. I might come back to this list and add stuff- I might decided some of it’s not so adult after all. I might call this list The Rules- or I might find that restrictive, and not. We’ll see!