“ R” Rated – Reflection
I was brought up in an era when diets were rarely talked about, super foods didn’t exist, no one suffered any food intolerances, fat kids were the minority and the Hawthorn Football Club was a power house. Today only one of these is true….
When I was at school, Friday was tuck shop day, Sunday night was Fish and Chip night and every other meal was whatever Mum cooked and generally the theme was, ‘eat what you’re given or you can’t leave the table!’
So what has happened?
Why are obesity rates rising everyday?
Why are people suffering more lifestyle related diseases (obesity, type 2 diabetes), when we have more access to information and education?
So without giving you the answers to these questions in the first paragraph, I’d like you to reflect on your childhood…
➢ What did you look like when you were 16 years old?
➢ What sort of foods were you eating?
➢ What did your daily routine consist of?
➢ What were your sleeping patterns like?
➢ How much leisure time did you have throughout the day / week / weekends?
School was all about structure.
Your alarm would go off or someone would wake you up. Before leaving the house you would have breakfast (at the table) then walk, ride your bike or catch a bus to school. Before school would even start you would do some form of incidental activity (kick the footy, play basketball, down-ball, skipping, elastics etc.). After 2 hours you would break for 20 – 30 minutes, eat and drink something, run around a little more and then settle back into class for another few hours.
Lunchtime was always taken. You would eat your homemade lunch, or at least share with your friends, or if you were lucky grab something from the tuckshop. After running around for most of your lunch break you were back in the class room before the final school bell went where some kids stayed for after school sport, others went to another hobby outside of school or at the very least, walked, caught the bus or rode home (more incidental activity).
Within a few hours you would be home with your siblings ready for an evening meal. Seated around a table where you would generally reflect on your day, before doing some homework or reading prior to going to bed. You didn’t ask for wheat free products, green smoothies, fat free snacks or no carb dinners. You simply ate whatever was served, moved more and stressed less!
No mobile phones
These days your, so-called ‘normal day’ is much different!
You wake up after less sleep than is recommended (less than 8 hours), grab a coffee whilst running out the door. Perhaps eat something in the car on the way to work or grab a muffin (fat free of course) at the café before checking your e-mails, grabbing another coffee, going to meetings, feeling important and giving little time or thought to what you eat and when you exercise.
- Compare your meal frequency,
- Consider the amount of free time, leisure time, structured exercise or even incidental exercise you do everyday?
- Are your meals every few hours?
- Do you give yourself a mental break every few hours?
So what are the key points to consider?
➢ Implementing more ‘structure’ into your working day
➢ Don’t get too precious with your food selection…’everything in moderation’
➢ Take regular brain breaks to improve productivity
➢ Play more and stress less
➢ Spend more time with your kids, partner, wife / husband
Remember, you are now an adult with supposedly more control over the way you live your life. So make yourself accountable today and reap the rewards tomorrow.
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”