I’m always drawn to articles about healthy eating and choices, so when this article about healthy vending machine choices came up on Yahoo! naturally I checked it out.
Scrolling past the first section on terrible choices (I already know those are terrible!), I find that even the “healthy” choices are, generally, terrible. It’s all processed junk food, and in all but the most dire circumstances, I would never, ever eat any of those foods. I suppose that the popcorn or the peanuts might be something I would choose in an emergency but that is the operative phrase – an emergency.
Eating from a vending machine means that I have completely failed in planning, and that changes need to be made for my future plans to avoid the situation occurring ever again. In fact, I can remember the only time this year I’ve eaten from a vending machine – I was on a work trip, stuck in an office building, and there had been a misunderstanding about lunch. I thought there would be food brought in and there wasn’t, but we’d worked through lunch so the cafeteria was closed. That is the only time I’ve had to eat from a vending machine this year. I recall that I opted for a granola bar, because there wasn’t a microwave available to me for popcorn and peanuts weren’t in the machine. I wasn’t happy about it, but Hungry Laina is a terrible thing to have in a meeting, so it was the lesser of two bad choices.
The point I’m trying to make is not to gloat that I’m such a great planner – I make mistakes all the time – the point I’m trying to make is that these sorts of experiences have shaped my planning skills over the years so that I can avoid having to eat unsupportive emergency foods. I make sure I’ve packed a banana in my laptop bag, I buy fruit almost compulsively when I’m traveling, I grab yogurt cups when I see them, I pack a protein bar in my purse. It doesn’t even feel like planning anymore, it’s mostly habitual to make sure I never have an emergency and have to choose the lesser of several very bad choices.