Why eating like a grazer has worked for me
Satisfying my hunter-gatherer brain one trip to the supermarket at a time
Recently I started a job that demands more from me in the hourly range. Previously, I would fast & then have a proper lunch. Sometimes fasting from the morning, now however I work through the lunch break and finish around 2 pm. Fasting through this is hard and seems counter-intuitive and figuring out what to do instead in order to nutrure my body has been a struggle.
There is a key factor that plays a role:
- I DO NOT enjoy cooking (I can’t cook and I don’t care). You will not see me prepping meals days ahead of time. Or even cooking when I get home. The best I could do for you is frying up something Very Quickly, or boiling an entire pack of pasta and adding sauce to it everytime I go just a little bit too long without food (aka when I’m desperate).
So, I opted for various solutions that didn’t work (for me).
Getting meals plans delivered daily
- Though this is a good option, I hated the waiting game. I shouldn’t have to be stressing about traffic, while I’m at work. Further, the trial and error of getting a supplier that fits my portion and taste buds needs wasn’t worth my energy.
Then, my grandmother started prepping meals for me
- My grandmother realized my struggle and opted to cook for me. This was GREAT. My co-workers were jealous of the literal SEA of AROMA PROTRUDING from my lunch box. I even got to spend more time with my grandmother because I’d have to pick up the lunch. It was great. But, and there’s always a but….
- the portion sizes were too big and perhaps my grandmother offered too much comfort food (if such a thing exists).
Between these two options I was going out to have lunch, fasting anyway and binging unhealthily. So……
At a loss, and hungry……..
I opted to go to the supermarket closest to my office building: It wasn’t my first trip but I suddenly had my AHA moment!
I realized exactly how much I enjoyed browsing the aisles and getting a little bit of everything I wanted. Some cheese, some protein, bread, fruits, vegetables…… then prepping it somewhat and picking at it throughout the day.
- Everything is done and ready to eat within a few minutes
- I can pick at it and keep myself satisfied while working
- It all tastes so good
- I feel healthy
- I do not get fatigued throughout the work day because I have too much on my stomach
It’s been a long journey but I think I’ve finally found what works for me.
I’m going to be honest with you I pair this with a lot of water and I bring plenty of everything I want to eat. I’m not stunting myself in that region at all. It does also somewhat feel like charcuterie boards, and I enjoy those a lot, too.
I’m the farthest thing from a nutritionist, but here are a few of my “meals”.
Do you think this method could work for you?