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Episode 7: Eat Only What You Bring.

Description: The Squad is eating only what they bring to work. Let's cut mindless snacking from our workdays.


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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode seven of season four of Self-Care with Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren. This week's invitation is ... It's to eat only what you bring. Eat only what you bring. So, this is going to help nudge us towards planning ahead and bringing food with us to work that's going to sustain us and keep us feeling good all day. And, maybe start to break habits that we've built around reaching for a little mini Snickers bar here and that leftover bagel that's in the staff lounge there. Instead if we just kind of shut out some of the noise and commit to eating only what we bring. Let's see how that feels.


As you know, I travel for work, right? I'm constantly on the road and I've, I've tried to do this myself, as always. You know, one of my core values is integrity. And, whenever I share an invitation with all of you, I am working on that same thing myself. Certainly not perfect and don't have it all figured out, but I would never, ever ask you to do something without also working on it myself. And, this is something that, that I've been thinking about and working on. So, when I travel, I tend to make it a priority to get to the grocery store and to get myself set up with meals. While I'm on the road and when I kind of shut out the noise all around me, there's always food available. People are so sweet at providing food and having snacks and all sorts of goodies available, and goodness every hotel is offering cookies, and there's just so much stuff around. For me, if I just kind of commit to only eating what I bring, it just helps with all those decisions we have to make, right? If I just know that my decision is going to be no, I do not want that. Thank you so much, but no, no, no extra snack for me here. No little pick me up there.


Instead ... Well, it might be ... It might be a snack and a pick me up, but it's something that I have purposely thought about, and I've purposely brought with me. This might actually even save us money too. If we are not stopping right at the vending machine or the, the snack booth, whatever it is, let's just commit to eating what we bring. As always, if this feels overwhelming, think about how you can modify this. So, maybe you just do this one day. Try to pack all the food that you need for one day, which might be breakfast, depending on if you eat that at home or bring it, but definitely lunch. Definitely thinking about if you're a snack person, bringing your own snacks and see how it feels to get to the end of the day and recognize that you only ate what you brought and you weren't reaching mindlessly having other things or eating other things and see if that impacts you in a positive way. My guess is like me it probably does because I know when I am purposely planning my meals, I'm much, much better at making sure that I've got protein and a vegetable in there and things that will keep me satisfied longer. Where if I don't plan ahead and what typically happens is I wait until I get way too hungry, I'm over in that hangry range.


And then, I'm just grabbing for things. And, usually those are the The quick carbs and the fast caffeine that doesn't leave me feeling satisfied. It actually makes me feel more anxious. And then, oh, I'm just constantly trying to find the next thing to eat where it, that never quite feels as good. And, I can also think about for myself and to offer it up to you as listeners. If we combined this with thinking about Episode 5, which is about eating slowly, so we can get kind of some bonus ones here. If we eat what we bring, and we eat slowly, I bet we'll feel more satisfied. Our mood will, will stabilize and or feel better. We might notice. that we're just more proud of ourselves, because we didn't mindlessly eat 25 mini candy bars, and then not even recognize that we even had them, and then feel guilty about them.


I think we can get a lot of little wins here just by committing to this. So, that's what I want you to do this week, whether you do it every single day or you try it just for one day or two days, whatever feels good for you, whatever kind of level you're at. I want you to commit to eating only what you bring. I can't wait to hear how it goes. I'm cheering so hard for you.


As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job that I get to do. And to you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. Feel my hand on your back this week. May you have an amazing week. I'm cheering so hard for you.


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