Today is the last post of Craft Business month here on the blog... I hope you have found things useful so far? I am planning to revisit the topic again in the future, so please feel free to add a comment below this post to give me feedback and ideas for future posts you would like to read about.
So I wanted to talk a little bit about the importance of eating a healthy diet when you are vending at a show... something I have only learned to do over time, but something I should have started with!
When you prepare for a show, what are the things you think about the most? Product, display, marketing? Yes, if you are like me you have most everything under control, it's only when the clock hits 11 o'clock the first show morning that you realise once again you haven't packed a lunch... off you go to the nearest food booth (if you can find someone to stand on you stall for 5-10 minutes) and buy the biggest, but easiest thing to eat... if you are lucky and working a up-market craft show then you might eat a gourmet burger, or a fancy salad... but more than likely you are eating the easiest sandwich, cake or packet of crisps you can find... this, as I say is all if you can find someone to stand in for you.
What are the implications of not eating, or not eating well;
- Tiredness, leading to lack of focus.
- Embarrassment over the noises your tummy is making (and to put it politely wind).
- Low mood.
What does this mean? Potentially this could lead to a fall in sales throughout the day... if you are not feeling 100%, then you cannot work at 100%.
Why a balanced diet will help;
- Energy - a balanced diet should provide you with enough energy to complete the day without that flat feeling at 3pm.
- Focus - eating the right foods will help stimulate the mind and might make you more fired-up for the sales patter required.
- Feeling happy - eating well puts you in a better mood.
So how do you find time to make delicious well balanced food to take with you? Well it is all in the planning (something I constantly strive for) and something that is definitely worth making time in your schedule to produce.
Now I'm no chef, but I do cook and so I thought this might be an opportunity to share with you some recipes under a new category for the blog, entitled WORKING BITES. I'm going to start initial posts throughout November as our blog focus... leading up to the holidays this might also help you come up with some new ideas for lunch and snacks at your busiest production time.
What will we be focusing on?
- Foods with longer releasing energy.
- Lower calorie treats.
- Balancing the food groups.
- and as an aside I will be testing dairy free recipes (as that is my own personal allergy).
We will also be looking at:
- Food storage.
- Store Cupboard essentials.
- Make-now-eat-later ideas.
I'm really looking forward to this chapter on the blog... I hope you will join me.
Have a wonderful day... Sara x