I’m sure a book could be written on the psychology of picking what to eat, but I want to discuss my own thought process when it comes to meal choice.
1.) Is it going bad soon?
Number one for sure! I hate food waste so although I want to get more creative in the kitchen, I choose whatever is going bad first. In the Spring, that was bananas. I had bananas in some form everyday for breakfast and also sometimes for dinner. It was delicious and I didn’t get tired of it. Now, I freeze my bananas for ice cream dinners and have other things for breakfast. I had sweet potatoes for a while because I got a big bag of them, forgot about them and then needed to eat them in two days. It happens.
2.) How did I feel after eating that the last time?
This is a big one for training actually because if I have a second session, I don’t want to feel awful. I also want my food to help me recovery the fastest, because I have a job that is on my feet. Until you experience the running “brick” in your stomach, this won’t make sense. I am lucky that I can handle all foods, but I know that running 80-90 miles a week requires a lot of calories. Fat calories and lower glycemic carbs generally fit the bill.
3.) Will it taste good?
Ironically this is third on the list, but I bet for most people you’d think it would be first. I love breakfast, so usually each thing I eat tastes good and gives me the same level of enjoyment. Sure, some days when my run is super sweaty, I’d rather have yogurt or nice cream instead of waffles, but when all is said and done, if I didn’t have yogurt and had to have something else, it’s not the end of the day.
4.) If I see it, I want it.
Sometimes one of my coworkers is eating something and it looks delicious, so I make it. Eye see food, food gets eaten.
5.) Is it fast and convenient?
When I am working, my boss tells me when I eat. If it’s busy and I’m hungry, I have a go to sandwich that I know will satisfy my tastebuds, provide sufficient calories and take minimal time to make so I can rest.
These scones and an apple. Ice coffee always.
Boxed vegan mac & cheese, salad.
Smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, mango and spinach
Maple banana ice cream with walnuts and coconut bacon. Bowl of greens, a few animal crackers.Mac&Cheese and #vegan MAPLE BACON ICE CREAM! #whatveganseat #WIAW #veganfoodshare Click To Tweet
What dictates what you eat?
What is one condiment you add to everything?