Eating habits while writing is something difficult to maintain. I don’t know about you, but I will either sit at my computer and eat junk or I’ll get so wrapped up in my work that I’ll forget to eat and be starving by the time dinner rolls around. Neither is good.
Eating Snacks During Writing
If you’re going to eat while writing, you should be sure to have certain snacks or meals on hand. My favorite snacks are the cheesy ones like flavored-blasted Goldfish. I love other flavored things that get dust and grease all over your hands such as BBQ chips. Eating these things aren’t easy when you’re trying to write.
I don’t want to get my pen, paper, or keyboard all greasy. Yes, I know napkins are a wonderful thing, but I never feel like my hands are truly clean from my snack unless I wash my hands. With that said, if you’re going to eat while you get your writing time done, I suggest not eating those kinds of snacks. Plus, it’s junk food anyway, so if you’re going to eat while sitting at the computer most of the day, you should have a meal or something.
Eating “Meals” During Writing
When I said meals, I don’t mean sit at your computer and eat dinner. You should always take a break and if you live with others, you should eat with them and socialize if you can. But, if you have smaller meals like leftovers or frozen food, eat that for lunch or have a little as a snack while writing. Use a fork or spoon. Eat yogurt. Get something good in your belly without making a mess of your writing space.
Schedule Eating Time
It seems silly to have to “schedule” eating time into your day. But it forces you to take a break and get up and away from the computer. It also gets your stomach in a certain habit of when to be hungry and when not to be hungry.
When I worked at the preschool, I ate breakfast, had snack with the kids at a certain time, ate lunch, went to babysit and had a quick snack while wating for the bus, went home and ate dinner. Sometimes I would have another snack before bed and other times I wouldn’t. But it was a great routine and it helped me eat healthier as well. That was all thrown out the window as soon as I quit my job because now I can eat whatever I want whenever I want.
Needless to say, I need to start eating better again and eat at certain times during the day.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
To be fair, I have gotten a little better at breakfast. I have my coffee and smoothie. Sometimes I’ll have Cheerios or a bagel. If I’m feeling ambitious I’ll even make myself eggs or something. I have lunch every day, even though that’s my least favorite, because I’ll make lunch for my sister when she comes home for her lunch break. I just need to figure out the middle. Some days I eat constantly while at the computer and other days I forget. Neither is necessarily good.
I’m working on it, okay?