Eating on the run

This post dedicated to Nix-Grim, who can (hopefully) now relax for at least a couple of weeks.

One of the benefit [sic] of our current Medical Aid is the Discovery HealthyFood™ programme, whereby members can get up to 25% off healthy foodstuffs bought at Pick n Pay supermarkets. I feel better because I’m healthier and saving money, Discovery feel better because I’m healthier and claiming less money from them and Pick n Pay feel better because I go there to buy my fruit and veg with 25% off and take the opportunity stock up on curry and chocolate while I’m at it.
So everyone’s happy.

As part of the enrollment for this ground-breaking new initiative, I was forced requested to fill in a Personal Health Review which covered everything from Smoking (I don’t), through Drinking (I do) and Stress (I am) to Physical activity (chance would be a fine thing). Prospective answers for each question were given from a drop-down menu, like this example from the stress section:


Do I eat on the run? Well, not if I can help it, but sometimes it’s either that or nothing. So never is right out, but I certainly don’t do it daily either.
Which leaves me with “a few times a week” or “1-3 times a year”. Because let’s be clear, there can be no middle ground in the eating on the run scenario. Either you are a serial on the run eater*, eating on the run a few times a week or you eat on the run 1-3 times a year. Not four, not five: one to three.
That’s why, the first time you eat on the run each year (probably mid January, I’m guessing), you have to make the big decision – are you going to do it again a few times that week or are you going to limit yourself to next eating on the run only in July and then again once more in September? That’s a big ask, believe me.

Suddenly the mass fainting episodes at schools in KZN are explained. This isn’t a case of witchcraft, nor pollution, nor drugs. This is  an example of what happens when you foolishly take the 1-3 times a year option and then use up all your eating on the run opportunities by the first week in February. You go hungry and you faint.

Safer then, to do as I did, risk the wrath of your Medical Aid and tell them you eat on the run most days. Of course, in doing this, I suggest that I lead a high-stress lifestyle which puts me at greater risk of all sorts of nasty disorders and they told me that they’re pretty unhappy with me because of that.
A heated argument ensued over the phone, with Discovery threatening to increase my monthly premiums unless I cut back and only ate on the run 1-3 times a year. In the end, blood pressure sky-high and anxiety levels through the roof after a full-on 20 minute row with the dear Boitshepo in the Johannesburg call centre, I gave in and promised to eat on the run less often.
(She was ever so forceful.)

I put the phone down and had to have 4 beers and slab of chocolate to get over the stress of the whole situation.

* Note that this is different from eating cereal on the run.

  • Wow, that is annoying. Apparently being truthful (or whatever) is also bad for your health. Clearly, though, you have an effective strategy for dealing with stress. But I think a bottle of red wine probably has more of those healthful tannins or whatever it is that contributes to “heart health”. I’d switch if I were you.

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  • expateek > Red wine is always the answer. Now, what’s the question?

  • po

    Uh. Grabbing anything? Like a potplant? I think “anything” needs to be qualified too.

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  • Gordonasinbay

    Eating on the run? I found that you spill stuff.

    So I just* gave up running.

    *”Just” is a time-exaggeration. It wasn’t really that recent.

  • Po > You eat pot plants? Is that what they teach you in your basement in Oxford?

    GaiB > Try more solid foodstuffs. Chocolate seems to be a favourite with everyone in SA.

  • Damm – so it was a trick question! I said a few times a week, generally on my long run when I go over 25km. Is that not what they meant????

  • OL (& others) > Just a quick reminder that for distances over 500m (or 1km if you’re super fit like me) a thing called a car has been invented. This information has yet to reach (and revolutionise) PE.

  • Hey – we are advancing. Something called the “wheel” has just rolled into town. There is huge excitement.

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  • OL > Wheels will do that. (roll)