How to Have Your Bread and Eat It Too!

//How to Have Your Bread and Eat It Too!

How to Have Your Bread and Eat It Too!

Humans are hard-wired for pleasure. Most of our passions and ambitions are centred on the unremitting sensation of joy, exhilaration or satisfaction in what we do. This is most blatantly seen in sports, where skydivers feel the adrenaline coursing through their free-falling veins or when the raucous celebrations of fans when their team wins the big game shake the rafters.

It’s also true for diet. Food has never been all about fuelling the body; what we eat is mostly driven by taste and satisfaction.

A primary culprit is sugar. It’s our Achilles heel. Newborn infants have a hardcoded sweet tooth – sugar is a strong energy provider to the brain – but it’s something we carry right through our entire lives. Being healthy shouldn’t mean taking the axe to everything you enjoy that doesn’t fit in a salad bowl; it’s about moderation and control.

I recently spent the morning outside an artisan bakery in Paris, where the majority of people were filling the role of stereotype by leaving with some baguettes in tow. What struck me was that almost all of those people broke off the end of the bread and ate it leisurely on the walk home.

That set me to thinking.

When we decide to watch our diet or maybe to lose a little weight, we go for the axe; we suspend the chocolates, the pastries and the crisps in a little basket over a cliff and we chop the rope holding it in place. Scientifically, that will work: cut the large quantities of unhealthy fats and sugars and you will have improved your diet. Realistically, cravings will rack our bodies until we all clamber down the precipice and start scavenging for the contents of the basket.

Fats and sugars are good, essential parts of our daily routine. Rather than the axe, why don’t we follow these Parisian bread lovers and just tear off the corner piece? By allowing ourselves to nibble or snack in moderation, the little monster in our heads that screams for guilty pleasures will be sated and we’ll have a weight off our minds.

As I said, our favourite foods are a pleasure to us, not merely a temptation. When we deny ourselves something we love, we set ourselves up for failure and erect a tall rod for our own backs. Why would we do that? If it’s Monday morning and you really want that warm pain au chocolat, then enjoy it. Just think about the rest of your day; maybe have an apple at lunch instead of your cereal bar, or walk to work over the subway.

We are completely capable of having our bread and eating it, it’s just a matter of not eating all the bread on your way out the bakery.

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About the Author:

Joni and Ntsiki
Joni Peddie is a keynote speaker, conference facilitator, MC, health catalyst and executive coach. She is passionate about partnering with leaders and teams to ignite cohesion, collaboration and performance. As founding member of the Enneagram Institute of South Africa, and behavioural strategist, Joni focuses on exploring what makes people ‘tick’ and on how to harness the complexity of interpersonal relationships. Joni co-authored the book: The FAB Quotient™: Experience Resilient Energy and Fight Fatigue,to enable people who are sick, tired and stressed to become more resilient in our time-poor society. Through her business, Resilient Energy Centre, Joni offers keynote talks and workshops which cover a range of topics for overall wellbeing: • Developing Emotional Intelligence • Playing to the strengths of your personality profile • Energy management is the new stress management • The Science of Productivity Joni’s ‘pride’ and source of tremendous joy are her two teenage daughters. Joni is married to Gavin, and they keep themselves active by travelling and exploring SA and abroad. Joni loves running (5 Comrades, 7 Two Oceans and London marathon… Berlin Marathon is next on her agenda). Ntsiki Mkhize is a social entrepreneur, speaker, MC, facilitator and change agent. She is passionate about working with people to inspire, connect and empower them to discover their purpose, and then implement practical methods for personal and business success. Ntsiki works with Joni Peddie at The Resilient Energy Center as a keynote speaker empowering individuals, teams and organisations with pragmatic, science-backed tools and techniques, to be resilient in this VUCA world. • Why? Team members are sick, stressed and near burn-out. • How? Personal and organisational resilience is needed in this ever-changing and complex world. • What? The FAB Quotient™ framework for resilience is: Fuel for sustained energy + Activate for brain fitness and to reduce stress + Behave for better self-awareness and more effective collaboration. Ntsiki coaches on personal branding, living on purpose and personal development. She is co-founder of The Princesses Foundation; director at Pamanda Properties, Pamanda Farming and eKasi Entrepreneurs; presenter and content producer for Basic on; presenter on CareerConnect for Business DayTV and host of That’s 20’s Podcast. Ntsiki believes in service and developing others and volunteers as a mentor at Phakama Women’s Academy and Hadithi Wethu. Ntsiki is the author of her soon to be published book: My Hall of Mentors: Lessons Learned Along the Journey of Success. In addition, she writes regularly on the topic of Living on Purpose. She holds a B.Com Marketing Management and B.Com Honours Logistics Management from the University of Johannesburg, where she is the Ambassador for their Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

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