It’s so easy to eat poorly, especially when you’re busy and, what’s worse, is that it’s easy to eat poorly without even realising it. Getting a coffee and cereal/granola bar from a cafe on your way into work could see you consuming 675 calories, 22.3g of fat and 51.2g of sugar and, chances are, you’ll still be hungry (or will be in a few minutes). Not a great start to the day!
Lunch generally doesn’t get much better, even a shop bought salad is covered in high calorie dressing. And, when you finally get home after a long day at work, a quick ready meal, or even a takeaway often seem like the only feasible option – high in calories, fat and salt – not at all good for you. But you knew that already!For most people, including myself, the problem is twofold. Firstly it’s a lack of time (or just laziness). Secondly, it’s the temptation. Both of these things are completely in your control, you can always find time to cook “proper”, healthy meals and, whilst it might be difficult, you can also overcome the laziness and resist the temptation. Admittedly, finding time to cook is much easier than resisting the temptation of pizza but it’s important to remember that healthy eating doesn’t mean no “treat meals” – it’s all about moderation.
Having depression drains my energy and motivation. It makes it almost impossible to decide what I want to eat right now, let alone get up and make it. And forward planning? Forget it. But, over time, I have learnt that eating healthily actually gives me more energy, as well as something positive to focus my attention on. Making meal plans each week, making my lunch in the evenings and cooking home-made meals gives me a sense of achievement and the cooking itself can actually be quite therapeutic.
Obviously, eating healthily has lots of other benefits, even if you don’t have depression. Eating the right foods can give you an energy boost, help you lose weight and reduce the risks of strokes, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes.
I hope you enjoy!