Serial Snackers

In our fast paced, high stress, keep up with the jones’, ‘time is money’ society, snacking literally and metaphorically is the tool we’re using, even when we know deep down it’s not the answer.

When was the last time you sat down at the table, away from all forms of work, screens and other distractions, for at least half an hour for breakfast, lunch and dinner? And when was the last time you did the above, whilst making each meal from scratch?

For most of us, the above never happens. We are so blessed in our society, we have everything we could ever want, yet we are still being told we must strive for more. Now please don’t misunderstand me, I am a firm believer in making the most of what we have been given and aiming to become the best version of ourselves we can be, in order to have a fulfilling life and be able to contribute to society. I’m not sure however, that we’re going about it in the best way…

The gap in the market

With the modern day lifestyle, the convenience food industry spotted a gap in the market, and have very slowly and very cleverly created a whole diet plan of convenience foods that you can eat ‘on the go’. On the surface, this appears ideal: “I can have a nutritious shake and healthy cereal bar for lunch AND get more work done by skipping my lunch hour” or “I just need another coffee and chocolate bar for a quick pick me up”. This may seem like a ‘win-win’ but is a very big problem and it’s not confined to our food.

We are being driven towards a people that demand instant gratification, whatever we want, whenever we want it. This is leading us to always look for the quick fix, which we think will solve all our problems and not take any work on our part. Once you notice it, it is everywhere: Losing weight (surgery, pills, gimmicks), making money (get rich quick schemes, lottery) and many other areas.

Do these quick fixes actually work? I think you know the answer. Over 90% of lottery winners are broke within two years and over 90% of people who have liposuction put the weight back on AND MORE in the same time frame.

So what do we do?

This may not be what you want to hear, but I’d rather serve you properly by telling the truth: Powerful people take control of their lives by accepting responsibility for their actions. Anytime they want to get better at something, they realise we are our habits and to change it will take time, effort and sustained discipline by THEM. But do you know what they also realise? The results are worth every penny and every second they put into it.

So I really encourage you, take an honest look at your health, realise it is what it is at the moment, forgive yourself for beating yourself up for so long and start taking the steps to improve it. A great first step could be: eat 3 or 4 good nutritious meals a day, taking your time, giving it the importance it deserves. You’ll really start to enjoy the results. Have a great week.

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