If there’s one thing the Strong team has in common, it’s that we’re preoccupied with food. Great writer Chloe Gray and I discuss what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in great detail. In the office, we always have snacks. This is nothing unusual – most runners, CrossFitters and cyclists I know love their food. why? Because we are always hungry.
And being in this society, which tends to focus more on performance and pleasure than aesthetics, is what makes it difficult to understand how others eat to live, rather than live to eat.
“Oh, I forgot to eat” is such a common phrase that it hardly registers when someone says it anymore. It might be 4pm and they haven’t eaten all day – with no visible pangs of hunger or low energy.
“I can’t focus on anything else when I’m hungry. My energy is low, my stomach is rumbling and my mind is only thinking about where I’m going for lunch,” says Chloe. So I will be busier. However, come at 4pm, when I often eat three meals and a snack, the people around me haven’t eaten…nothing.
“If I stop and think about it, it can feel weird that I — a very young person — have taken in hundreds and hundreds more calories to seemingly function at the same level as my friends and co-workers. Fortunately, I know that my metabolism, energy requirements and my hormonal cycle need To this constant intake of energy, so I will not be ashamed of my snacking habit.”
Fasting versus forgetting to eat
But the more prevalent the conversation of forgetting to eat becomes, the more bizarre it begins to sound. Does everyone really get full all day without food? Think of it this way: If your buddy tells you they’ve made the decision to eat OMAD (one meal a day) and only eat some pasta after work, you’re likely to raise the alarm. Sure, some people thrive on OMAD but for the vast majority, avoiding food for extended periods of time just won’t work. Like Chloe, they will be tired, hungry, and easy to get distracted. If this fast is too sensitive, it may start to distort their eating habits in general. However, we laugh when our colleagues tell us they haven’t eaten all day when it’s time to check out and head home.
Among the fitness community, there are certainly plenty of distorted attitudes toward food and movement, but most of us who exercise regularly would say it’s impossible to ignore hunger and maintain a regular exercise regimen.
Forgetting to eat could be a sign of depression or stress
According to Dr. Harriet Holme, registered dietitian and founder of Healthy Eating Dr, there are a number of possible reasons why people claim to forget to eat. If you’re super busy, lunch may really fall low on your priority. But if you, your partner, or a coworker is constantly claiming to give up meals because they bother you, it’s time to look a little deeper.
“It could be a sign of depression,” she says. Barber. Symptoms of depression are related to deficiency or overeating. Acute stress may also suppress appetite with some people not hearing or not controlling hunger cues.”
Busyness can be an excuse for an eating disorder
Skipping breakfast is one thing (time-restricted eating has been linked to health benefits including increased expression of antioxidant defenses, increased DNA repair, reduced inflammation, and improved glucose control in some people). But unregulated and unintentional fasting is another thing.
It can, of course, be a sign of an eating disorder, in which people choose to believe they are too busy eating rather than accept that they have a problem with food. For colleagues who have dealt with an eating disorder, having to hear their peers talk about forgetting to eat can also be exciting.
Taking care of our physical needs
According to Dr. Hulme: “In a 24/7 society, with massive pressures of deadlines, trick-or-treat games and stress, it can be really hard to eat, especially healthy eating.” In other words, it may seem easier to simply leave lunch for after work if there is nothing convenient and easily accessible when you have a lot of loads.
However, this does not appear to be a particularly healthy way to pursue nutrition. All of this suggests that we may not be aware of our bodies and what our bodily selves need during the day.
The key, if you’re someone who often hits 4pm before realizing you’re running empty, may simply be to get up and move on. If you work hard all day, chances are that you are so immersed in your work that you are no longer physically present. This might sound a bit cool but think about it; When you are really stuck with your work, you completely forget about your body. Your mind is in the spreadsheets, and your eyes are on the words you write; Your laptop takes all the attention away from a crowded stomach or a bent shoulder.
December is the perfect time to listen to your stomach
One thing we should all try during the month of December is to get up and away from our desks more so we can honestly listen to what we need. Do we really need a fourth cup of coffee at 11 a.m., or do we just need to stretch our legs and hydrate them with some water? Do you have to work during your lunch break or can you take a walk around the block to help decide if you want a sandwich?
A lack of hunger is totally normal when we’re feeling stressed but there’s no better time than the end of the year to get our luxury duck in a row. A simple place to start is to prioritize our physical selves at work. Make sure that by the time the Christmas holidays begin, you’ll be in as good a position to start 2022 as you can be.
For information and help with eating disorders, visit the eating disorder charity BEAT.