Munch n Move Monday #1 – Feeding Myself

Not the healthiest of meals, but it is tasty!
Not the healthiest of meals, but it is tasty!

I have noticed this summer that I often forget to eat.  Well, I don’t really forget to eat.  I forget to have meals.  I will “snack” on something here and there, but I will go without a meal for an entire day.  I try to have my daughter eat meals at semi-regular intervals, but she is also a snacker.  For a long time, she would not eat.  She was on the short list for being identified as “failure to thrive” because she just would not eat enough.  She doesn’t have that problem anymore, but she is still an irregular eater.  She eats a lot of small meals and every second or third day she will eat something substantial during a meal time.  I have taken to following her example (instead of vice versa).  And I pay the price.  My energy levels are low (my snacks are not always healthy in addition to being irregular) and I often binge on some unhealthy snack food since I’ve missed a meal. I think the eating thing is part of a much larger problem that will rear its ugly head over and over again as I explore places where I can make improvements in my life.  I have no regular schedule/routine in my life!  So, most people get up at a certain time, eat breakfast at a certain time, have lunch at a certain time, etc.  But, me – my schedule varies greatly from day-to-day.  I don’t ever sleep in very late (because I have some issues with insomnia as well), but sometimes I am awake and up and about at 6 a.m. and sometimes it is as late as 7:30 a.m.  Sometimes I have to leave my house in the morning (during the school year, my daughter goes to preschool three days a week and has to be there at 8:30 a.m.).  Other times, I will never leave the house the whole day (this is relatively rare, but does happen).  Other days I am working at speech and debate tournaments and have to leave a hotel by 7 a.m. and not return until 11 p.m.  Because of this, I don’t really have a regular eating schedule either.  So, sometimes I will get up and eat something first thing, because I’m hungry.  Sometimes, I get a cup of coffee and that makes me forget that I’m hungry, so I don’t end up eating breakfast.  Sometimes I will eat something “lunch”ish around 11 am, sometimes I will just snack throughout the morning and never eat lunch.  Sometimes I’m absolutely starving around 2 or 3 p.m. and will eat a full meal then – and it usually isn’t a healthy one.  Then, I won’t be hungry for dinner.  During the school year, I will teach in the evenings two or three nights a week, and on those nights, I may eat something at 10 p.m. when I’m done teaching or I may not eat anything at all.  It is horrible.  I know it is horrible.  But, I can’t seem to break out of it and get myself on some kind of schedule. So, I think a simple goal I will set for myself between now and next Munch n Move Monday is to eat at regular intervals.  I have a random week this week so it will be a good test of my ability to do this.  I will set a goal to eat breakfast (an actual breakfast of a protein, fruit or veggie and carb) sometime between 6 and 8 a.m. (my daughter takes her meds at 8 every morning, so that should be an easy check point for me).  Then, eat a lunch (protein plus fruit or veggie at least) between 11 and 1 p.m. (today, I ate a sandwich at 2:20 p.m. after not having breakfast, so this would be a vast improvement), and then dinner (a complete balanced meal of some sort) between 5 and 7 p.m.  When school starts, I will have to make some slight adjustments to that to work around my teaching schedule, but for now it will work.  If I can do that for a week, then I will consider it a win!  It isn’t much, but hey, I’m baby-stepping into more, not jumping in with both feet!