Do you ever have those nights where you get home a little bit later than expected and you are raging with hunger? “”Hanger”- anger brought on by extreme hunger - as they call it… I think we have all been there and if you are anything like me, my first instinct is to reach for the first thing in sight and shove it down my throat as fast as possible in hopes of silencing the grumbling monster that is my stomach.
Can I just say that the first thing in my sight is usually something like cheese and crackers, tortilla chips and salsa, that dark chocolate bar that I swear I will only have one square/day of etc.... something I wouldn’t normally include as an everyday staple in my diet. Now, granted it could be worse than cheese and crackers, but all those unplanned snacks can really add up!
At the end of last year when I was finishing my degree, trying to train as many clients as possible, volunteering…you get the idea…I found myself becoming a little more “hangry” than usual. That was when I decided something needed to be done and that was when I started taking time on Sundays to plan my meals for the week.
At first when I started, I was a little bit out of my comfort zone (though I am not really sure why?), and my boyfriend, whom I live with, hadn't totally bought into the idea. A few weeks in we really started to notice a difference in more ways than one:
- Our monthly grocery bill has really gone down, and in a City like Vancouver we are not complaining!
- We consistently eat healthier by A) not filling up on snacks when we walk in the door and B) making smarter and healthier choices when we plan rather than listening to our “hanger” asking for pizza
- Our moods are better and we are friendlier people because our levels of hanger have been reduced
My boyfriend Jay and I spend quite a bit of time working, and by the time I get home it is often 8:30 or 9:00 in the evening and then we are often up at 5am getting ready for work. Because we are busy, we tend to reserve the evening as our time to spend together, and the more prepared we are, the sooner we can eat, the less “hangry” we become, and subsequently, we get to spend more quality time together!
As Winston Churchill said “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” and I must say that this experience (if that is what you want to call it) has really shown me the truth to that statement!