Spinning class was crazy yesterday, our instructor had recently dropped 11 pounds and was feeling inspired so he literally had us work our butts off! Anyways, at the end of class he turned the super loud techno music down and said he had a thought he wanted to share with all of us.
First he asked, “How many of you have eaten lunch today?” (the class was from 12 – 12:45)
No one raised their hands.
Then he shared his epiphany:
Back when cavemen walked the planet and there weren’t cars or TVs or computers people actually hunted for their food. This could require hours of running and stalking as you had to literally chase down your food – during this time you’d burn hundreds of calories. Well, he said, you’ve done it. You’ve chased your meal and now you can enjoy it knowing that you put in the effort to get there. You worked your butt off and now you can enjoy your lunch.
With that we all shook our heads, nodding in agreement. It made sense…
People didn’t have microwaves or refrigerators thousands of years ago. They couldn’t go down to Panera or Chiles for lunch. They couldn’t give up running because they were tired. They couldn’t just put their feet up or they wouldn’t eat.
It’s a simple idea but if you really think about it, it can change how you view your own lifestyle and diet. Do you ever “work” for your food? I know I do and I believe, as a result I eat healthier and actually eat less.
So my suggestion (and this is just my non-doctor-non-expert advice) is to work for your food. Go for a walk before you pick up your sandwich. Stretch, run, spin, swim, move, do anything to get yourself up out of your seat before you eat.