Some thoughts

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Hello,

The dissertation day was really good and informative. The day got me thinking about something. Throughout it we had breaks for breakfast, tea and lunch. The Hilton provided the food and these are situations that some people may find tricky staying on the healthy eating side of life. First of all, breakfast was served. I am really picky with what I have for breakfast as it has to be something that is filling, nutritious and that gives me energy for the day. Hence why I love porridge! I try and not leave what I eat down to fate so I prepared by eating breakfast beforehand (after my years in Scotland I do not expect the most healthy options unfortunately). Preparation is definitely key. I didn’t eat a huge breakfast if there would be something that I could eat and enjoy but enough to keep me satisfied and brought nice healthy snacks instead. When we arrived I was proven right when we were offered white rolls with bacon in them….

During our two tea and coffee breaks there were biscuits and small cakes served as well as fruit. I think it is just really important to remind yourself that you wouldn’t have eaten this otherwise so why now just because it is there and free? Fruit is just as tasty and will satisfy your sweet tooth! Lunch was slightly easier as salmon was served with stir fry veg as well as small Niçoise salads. There were other less healthy options such as white bread sandwiches and other things. I must admit, I gave in and had a small goats cheese quiche piece and a chicken wrap with some mayo. However, I mainly stuck to the salmon and stir fry veg (it ended up being the nicest tasting thing after trying it all). I made sure to get full on eating the food and did not leave room for dessert and it definitely helped me stay away from the dessert section.

What I wanted to say with this is we all face struggles once you have decided to go down the healthier route of life and making sure you eat good food. When out with friends, during family gatherings and conferences everyone faces challenges. Preparation is key and bringing small things you could eat or even a lunch box (like I do at work) makes your life so much easier! Also, choose the best option, choose lots of greens and less bread for instance. You can always make the best of a situation. I am not either saying I never have cakes or anything but I choose my moments (trust me, I love my chocolatey brownie or apple crumble). If I’m having a cake or biscuit it would be someone’s birthday or an extra nice or tasty thing when I am out. Sometimes I have caught myself eating something sweet just because I have been offered or it has just been there. Sometimes even because I have felt rude saying no. How unnecessary is that? Why not save that for something super delicious?

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