Why food organisation is key.
Food organisation may possibly be more important than you believe. When I talk about food organisation, I don't mean prepping all of your meals and snacks for the entire week or coming up with an exact plan. I mean having food in the house or at work that you're pretty sure you're going to feel like eating. Having a snack or two in your bag and making sure you don't put off eating until the very last minute.
When we don't eat enough during the day, for example if we don't eat a sufficient breakfast and don't have a snack mid-morning (if that's what we feel adequately fuels us), by the time it gets to lunch time we'll feel an intense hunger. Due to not having eaten, our body will be running low on fuel and energy, so a primal instinct to eat kicks in.
When that primal instinct to eat kicks in, we can totally forget about eating mindfully and intuitively, it's just not possible. We won't tune into our bodies to listen to when we're full. We won't be able to tell what we'd really like to eat, because hunger mode has been turned on and our body will be demanding anything which tops that fuel gage up in the quickest and easiest form possible, whilst giving our sugar levels a bump. This is why we tend to really crave easy, fast food when we're incredibly hungry. Our brain knows that it's the quickest way to fill our fuel gage up again.
Adequately feeding our bodies enough is so bloomin' important! Would you set off on a road trip with an empty fuel tank? We can often think we'll be fine without a snack or that don't we need that mid-afternoon cereal bar, but if you're reaching dinner time and feeling absolutely ravenous, unable to slowly and mindfully make a decision on what you would like to eat, then experiment with having a mid-afternoon or mid-morning snack: it may make the world of difference. Here are a few snack ideas from some of my favourite people online if you're in need of a little inspiration.