The Kitchen – When you don’t pack your own lunch

By: Quinton de Bruin

My interest is healthy living and exercise goes back a few years. Like any interest, it drives you to try things and research things. I spent many a night online looking at foods and what they do, how people were putting them together in order to achieve a specific outcome. I wanted to get my head around not only what should be eaten but how much. Armed with all this research and information, there was a time when I thought I was training hard and had my meal plan sorted. Yet there was this niggly feeling that I needed confirmation from someone who had the piece of paper to say they knew all about these things. I ended up being referred to a nutritionist who looked at what I was doing and eating and barring a few tweaks, I had nailed it!

I was using a very useful tool (which has a free version – now a free app) www.fitday.com it helped me track both eating and activity – I was engaged and possibly fanatical … verging on obsessed with information and data. BUT, you don't know what you don't know – a very profound statement so please read that again and give it the ponder time it deserves. I realised very quickly that outside of the info I had and the very narrow meal plan I had, I was lost when out of my routine when it comes to food and meals. Days when you don't make your own lunch or you are travelling it is so easy to derail a great plan and some really hard work that has gone into your lifestyle already.

Arguably today was such a day for me. I am in Nelson and being in a hotel there isn't the option to make my own lunch. Naturally when you are away on business the people you are seeing want to take you out to lunch – how do you eat health and not be the guy who goes out for the bite to eat? Not surprisingly the answer is to do your homework beforehand. Nowadays there are some great cafes that cater for us fussy eaters. In Cambridge I think of Paddock and The Bikery Café that have some great healthy options – and both make a great coffee! When you are in a different place and you don't know it particularly well, look online and most importantly, ask the locals. In Nelson in the space of a couple of hours I had heard the name The Kitchen 3-4 times as, not only the funky café, but the one that caters for dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, Paleo etc – boom I had lunch today sorted and the crew would be happy to go to the funky cafe! Be warned though, these cafes are very aware that they need to make a buck too so not everything in the cabinet should be assumed to be a healthy option – know your plan.

On the wall in the café today was a message that has really hit home – possibly because I have immersed myself in the topic of food and this challenge – but it is worth passing forward: "The food you eat can be the safest & most powerful medicine or the slowest form of poison". You could focus on the second part of that and see it as a depressing statement or you can agree there is truth in that and choose to look at the first part and realise again the responsibility you have to yourself and your family to consider the options before ordering on impulse. Why not while doing your research online as to where to go, also look at the menu – these days it is all available and when you get there gain confirmation from the locals.

To the crew at The Kitchen for allowing me to set up office at your café for a few hours. I loved the coffee, thoroughly enjoyed the lunch. The staff, clientele and vibe are energetic and fantastic. Thank you

The small print: now is probably a good time to encourage you to have a discussion about your personal situation with your doctor, a nutritionist and the Body and Motion trainers to work out how best to achieve any challenges you have in mind. The thoughts in these blogs are my own personal opinion and shouldn't be taken as direct advice. Some of the choices around what I consume or what activity I partake in may not be endorsed by Body and Motion. However, the team will always be keen enablers of your fitness goals! Talk to us today.


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