5 New Yorker Eating Habits & How To Break Them

You live here, you work, you socialize. You know exactly what I’m talking about…

Excessive Coffee Intake

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Illustrated by Emma Berger

I feel like I write about coffee a lot but if you’ve lived in this city long enough, you know the coffee culture is deeply engrained in the souls of every single New Yorker – whether they drink coffee or not. Let me explain, the coffee culture (to me) is not only about drinking that delicious cup of steaming goodness every morning, but about always being alert; it’s 24-hour movement, action, sound. This way of life – whether you’re a coffee-shop geek or a tea-drinking yoga instructor – is how true New Yorkers run the city. Now, while this speech may have sounded more like an ode to the big apple (because it was), it is also important to note that for us who do drink more than three cups a day simply out of habit, well, that’s not so great. Even if you’re not a tea lover, find a way to compromise! What always helps me is carrying a water bottle around so that when I get the urge to drink something, I take a sip of water and my nervousness goes away. Plus, water helps keep you alert throughout the day as well, so win-win!

Eating Under Pressure

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Illustrated by Emma Berger

While it’s super unhealthy, many of us don’t take more than twenty minutes to each lunch during the day. We either run to the coffee shop and get a quick yoghurt or order food and eat it at our desks. Even if we manage to bring our own lunch, we rarely get to enjoy it while relaxing on a park bench with minutes to spare. It’s unfortunate, but the worst part is that sometimes it’s not even because our bosses ask us to come back early or because it’s in the company handbook that we must only take twenty minutes off, it’s us! It’s all in our heads! The rush never stops and that is why we pressure ourselves to do things fast and painlessly so we can proceed with “what really matters”. Of course, we’ve got our priorities all wrong. Health always comes first. Try taking your hour lunch next time. Treat yourself to something nice and relax. The rest of the day will go by more swiftly than ever.

Eating On-The-Go

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Running late to work is a constant and exciting struggle in the life of every good New Yorker. Snooze your alarm, get dressed in a nano-second, chew rapidly on a granola bar as you exit the door with your coat half on and go catch your train – or car, if you’re cool. It’s a classic NYC move, but hey, that doesn’t mean it’s good. Every study ever made (probably) agrees that breakfast is a key factor in the productivity of your day. Having a healthy and hearty meal in the morning keeps your metabolism running and your mind awake. Ditch the granola bar and convince yourself to get up just ten minutes earlier so you can prep yourself a good fruit shake or a fresh omelette. No matter what you choose, leave your on-the-go snacks for emergencies, not as meal replacements in your daily routine. 

Consuming Non-Nutritious, Quick Meals

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Oh the classic get-home-get-lazy-eat-frozen-burgers dilemma. I feel you, although frozen veggies are my unnatural foods of choice. Yes, it’s super easy and mildly filling and it does the trick, but why? Do we not have an hour to spare on the weekend to get real, natural ingredients from the market and cook ourselves a simple and nutritious dinner? We’ve had a long day, our bodies deserve it. I’m with you, let’s make an effort. 

Giving Up and Getting Seamless

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Illustrated by Emma Berger

Well this is just rock bottom. Not only are you probably starving, but you are also so lazy that you’d rather wait 45 minutes for your overpriced food to arrive than go put some shoes on and find a real meal outside… or three feet away in your kitchen! I mean, I don’t know why I’m judging you though because I get seamless every week, but seriously, can we not? 

Stay true my fellow New Yorkers, we got this. 

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