I’m guessing that on any given day you’re trying to: get dressed and look nice, get to work/school/drop-off line, park your car/lock your bike, manage your schedule/meetings/workload/household/relationships, get your chores done, visit your family and/or friends, run your errands, clean the house, take care of your dog/cat/horse/bird, and if there’s anything extra in there like travel or a holiday, you’re pretty much screwed.
But I forgot food. What about food? I’m guessing that on any given day you also need to eat.
I have to tell you, I’m tired of rushing to eat because something else is more important. And I’m not particularly interested in food, but I NEED it!
We’re grabbing stuff on the run to take in the car or on our walk or to work in front of the computer or we just don’t eat! I’m not saying this is about not being healthy. That’s not true. Brittan takes homemade oatmeal and salads to go. Plenty of moms make great lunches (I mean, have you ever seen a Bento box?) but it’s the on the go part I’m talking about. Dinner is usually different for a lot of people but some of us need to reform our breakfast and lunch routines.
I was sort of jokingly told I wasn’t a real telecommuter until my computer was dirty (from food) because mine was still clean (at the time). I remember teachers I worked with taking pride in being able to choke down a five-minute lunch. That was tricky for me because historically, I’m a slow eater; always the last to leave the table when I was little.
I remember being in a conversation with a woman when my kids were little. We were talking about our busy schedules and the rush-rush to get things done. I said something about realizing I’d not managed to sit down but stood up through my last several meals. Her response? “Well, I don’t even eat!”
Winner! If you can’t even slow down enough to eat at all? YOU are a bad ass and food is for the weak!
Even though I don’t spend lots of time cooking (I’m more of an assembler) I think–well, I think we all deserve to take some time . . . to just eat. No reading. No typing. No running, driving, talking, scheduling, biking, planning, makeup-ing, fussing, teaching.
One of my favorite books as a kid was Bread and Jam for Frances. I was intrigued as Frances, the little badger protagonist carefully, painstakingly, lovingly, laid out her lunch one day. It wasn’t about the great story of her overcoming her food rut that captured me, but that she put down a doily, had a thermos for her drink, put a flower in a vase, arranged the food just so (an arranger like me!). And . . . and? She put an egg in an egg cup. An egg cup! Delightful. She cared about that meal.
No joke, sometimes I think about Frances and Albert and consider that I ought to be more like them now and then. So, I’m making more of an effort to try to not only take time to put a meal together in the morning and especially in the afternoon, but then sit down, sans computer, and pay attention to my food. Just eat it and THEN get on to the next thing. I’m hoping it will help me pay more attention to my food choices, my time, and my mindset.
What about you? Do you cram and rush and forget what you even ate? Sigh. My challenge to you is to put down the technology, back away from the obligations, and schedule 15 or 20 minutes more to just . . . eat your food. Then, let me know how it goes, will you?