Friday, September 30, 2011

What's for Breakfast?

Being a writer isn't easy. I'm not just talking about all the pressure of making your story right, or the crit where every part of your novel got ripped apart, I'm talking about taking care of you. Yes, you. You have a body that needs to function so you can pump out that wickedly awesome novel. So, after you have been writing, for say, a few hours, and things start to blur a little, take a second and think. Ask yourself these questions.

Am I breathing? If you see spots in front of your eyes or your surroundings are turning white you may try and breathe.

Should I go to bed? Now, this one is up for debate. I need at least 6 hours to partially function so there's a point where I have to shut the lap top down especially when my eyes are shut and last word I typed looks like this: tolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll. I'm just sayin'

Have I eaten today? This is my biggest problem. I like food. The problem is I will skip meals in the midst of getting kids fed and out the door, helping them with homework, playing with them, cleaning, writing. I will basically just skip a major feeding event. This skippage leads me to snack a lot. I have a hard time selecting snacks that are in my body's best interest. I, of course, make sure my kids are eating a balanced meal, but when it comes to me, it's the first thing I grab.

This is my main topic today--eating. How do you fit in the best foods for you? I know its more of a discipline thing and don't buy junk. I can't help it if there is a bag of M & Ms in my closet, I can't live without chocolate, but I can somehow make the healthy food look appetizing, right? I'm trying to lose weight so I need all the advice I can get. I am trying to fit in some sort of exercise, 'trying' being the key word here.

I guess what my main question is: What are you favorite healthy foods or snacks?

Let's face it when we are on a roll writing, we don't want to fix a four course meal. What's easy to eat and type without putting on extra pounds and fuels your brain?

Have a great weekend!


  1. I'm not the healthiest of snackers. I might eat a banana or apple, but I like my chocolate too. I would say the easier to eat is raisins. My problem is that I like only a very few fruits and veggies. I've started to eat a lot better meal-wise while pregnant and now that my son is born. I want to be a good role model for him. He's already eating more foods than I am!

    Have a good weekend! :)

  2. Keeping your body healthy is so important, and eating energy foods is vital to your brain and thought process. As a writer, obviously that's majorly important. But it's hard to eat right, when life is so busy. I guess it comes down to priorities.

    Healthy foods: I eat a lot of turkey wraps, cereals, and drink plenty of water. Yikes...I sound like an infomercial.

  3. You mean snacks can be healthy? Oh!

    I run. That's how I keep my mind and body healthy. :D

  4. Yogurt and popcorn are good, healthy snacks to grab. Also apples. They're really good right now in the Fall.

  5. hi miss christine! for me i like having a dish of nuts by the computer and a apples easy to eat when your typing. but for sure i gotta have some reeses mini peanutbutter cups some where where i could reach them real fast and easy. ha ha.
    ...hugs from lenny

  6. Oh man, you lost me at healthy food. I'm all about the Pringles and popcorn. BUT delicious veggies are always a good bet! Broccoli and cauliflower and carrot sticks and such. I would pair it with dressing, but that might not be the healthiest.

    This post is making me hungry...

  7. I love fruit . . . so that's mostly what I eat as snacks. I find bread (particularly whole wheat, and homemade is the best) and related products (I usually have a bagel for breakfast) easy to eat and great fuel for doing things.

  8. I never miss a meal!
    We have a lot of fruit in the house, like fresh pineapple and bananas. I also get lowfat granola bars for snacks. Other than Hot Tamales, we just don't bring candy into the house.

  9. I don't miss a meal. I eat healthy. I no longer eat dairy, not because I'm allergic but because it's better not to. No more refined sugar and flour. Haven't done this for almost 20 years. At my age this is vital! And I've started to slow down with writing, and with blogging. I just can't sit at the computer as long as I used to. I get up and walk around. I do the treadmill, in between taking care of my daughter when the aide's not here. I write when she's here.
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

  10. my current fave is a big salad with red onions, romano cheese grated on top, maybe some cucumber, chicken, with Caesar dressing. It's pretty filling. I've also cut out bread, not completely but mostly and I've lost almost 10lbs since last winter and back into a size 4 thank you very much. The trick will be keeping those pounds off once winter comes.

    oh, and a nice banana smoothie with an egg is good, too :)

  11. Umm sorry, but I'm not sure caramel kitkats and my daughter's cupcakes count. (I mean the one she makes, not 'her' cupcakes. That would just be mean!)

  12. Hi Christine! I think this problem is common among writers, since we're so busy. I don't miss meals often, but I do eat unhealthy. I echo the others that suggest fruit. I've recently been eating bananas and apples, which satisfy my need for something sweet but are still healthy. :)