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午餐吃什么,这是个问题

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    我知道这听上去很好笑:每到午餐时刻,我就不再是一个醒目强干的人,而变成一个不知道该吃什么、踌躇未定的傻瓜。

    I know this will sound laughable, but every lunchtime I stop being a highly capable person and turn into a dithering fool over what to eat.

    首先,我无法抉择上哪家三明治吧吃。

    First, I cannot decide which sandwich bar to go to.

    其次,站在冷藏食物柜前,我会拿起一条布里干酪法棍面包,放回去,接着拿起一块金枪鱼三明治,绝望地走出店门--我根柢不喜欢金枪鱼。

    Then, I stand at the chilled-food cabinet and find myself picking up a brie baguette, putting that back down and in despair heading out of the shop with a tuna melt, when I don't even like tuna.

    别人也有同样的题目吗?他们会怎么做?

    Does anyone else have this problem? And what do they do about it?

    私人助理,女,45岁

    PA, female, 45

    露西的答复

    Lucy's answer

    我也曾耐久患有"急午餐时刻踌躇未定综合症",以是我知道那有多可骇。

    I, too, have been a long-time sufferer from Acute Lunchtime Indecision Syndrome, and so I know how horrible it is.

    不止你我是这个样子:在每间三明治吧,每到午餐时刻,都排满了精神求助的上班族,他们拿不定主意是吃当季火鸡填料三明治,照样吃西班牙口利左腊肠加火箭生菜法棍面包。

    We are not alone: in every sandwich bar at lunchtime there are lines of stressed workers unable to decide between the seasonal turkey-and- stuffing sandwich or chorizo and rocket baguette.

    我为选择三明治而焦灼的时刻,远擅长为选择职业或同伙而焦灼的时刻--乍看之下,这二者似乎应该反过来。

    I have spent infinitely more time flapping over my choice of sandwich than over my choice of career, or of spouse - which at first sight seems rather upside down.

    不过,关于选择三明治为如何若何此之难,可以从三个方面评释。

    However, there are three things that explain why it is so hard to choose.

    第一,在事项中举办决意妄想时,凡是存在一个精确的谜底,人们可以运用逻辑、经历和武断来找到精确谜底。

    The first is that when making a decision at work, there usually is a right answer and one can deploy logic, experience and judgment to find it.

    而选择哪种三明治则不存在精确谜底,也险些无从参考。

    But with a sandwich there are no right answers and precious few reference points.

    第二,选择三明治是个极其庞年夜的题目。事项中的决意妄想每每非此即彼,可能在屈指可数的方案中举办选择。

    The second is that the sandwich choice is devilishly complicated. Decisions at work tend to be binary, or between a manageable number of options.

    至于午餐,在从我办公室漫步可至的领域内,约莫有20家店,每家店约莫有50种食品可吃。这样就有1000种三明治。

    With lunch, there are about 20 places within easy walk of my office, and at each there are about 50 different things to eat. That means 1,000 sandwiches.

    要从中选一种三明治,难怪会让人感受头疼。

    No wonder we feel sick at the thought of choosing just one.

    叫人绝望的第三个缘故起因是,在我们终于选了一种三明治后,我们很年夜概对它感想失踪望,由于快餐年夜多口感不佳。

    The third reason for our despair is that when we make the final choice we are very likely to be disappointed - as most fast food is beastly.

    假若你昨天踌躇半天才选了金枪鱼三明治,然后发明吃起来很可骇,你本日就会有更年夜的锐意选一种更好吃的食品,这就进一步加重了你的焦灼感。

    If you dithered for ages yesterday and found the tuna melt horrid, it increases your determination to choose something today that is better. And that ratchets up the anxiety even further.

    这事没什么可羞愧的。听说,因斯坦老是穿戴同样的衣服,这样就用不着为穿什么衣服这种琐事而伤思维。

    There is nothing to feel ashamed of in all this. Einstein was said always to wear the same clothes so as to avoid having to trouble his brain with such piffling matters as deciding between suits.

    去年我一向在效仿爱因斯坦的要领,来抉择我的午餐食谱。此刻我天天吃同样的三明治,只跟着季节而变化花腔。

    And in the past year I have been adapting the Einstein approach to my lunchtime menu. Now I eat the same sandwich every day, varying it only with the seasons.

    冬天我吃烤火腿和奶酪。因为我知道它的味道会是若何的,以是我从不会感想失踪望。

    In the winter I have toasted ham and cheese and, as I know what it will taste like, I'm never disappointed.

    我要想"全愈"还得一步一步来,但到今朝为止,我的症状可以说有所缓解。我上次在三文鱼和布里干酪之间踌躇未定已经是几个月前的事了。我清楚明明那种猖獗。

    I still take it one day at a time, but so far it's safe to say I'm in remission. It is months since I looked questioningly at the salmon or brie. I know that way madness lies.

    读者的提议

    Your advice

    搬到小镇

    Move town

    搬到古耳(Goole)来吧。这里没有什么金枪鱼三明治,也没有7英镑的超级食物沙拉。这里"可选的"是馅饼或派。

    Move to Goole. There are no tuna melts, no ?7 superfood salads. Here, the "choice" is pies, pasties or pies.

    要是你乐意的话,他们乃至会给你的三明治浇上肉汁。有利的一点是,每样对象都只卖1.8英镑摆布。云云一来,纵然你一路头就选错了午餐,价格也相对低廉。

    They will even pour gravy on your sandwiches if you let them. The good news is everything costs about ?1.80, so your lunch is destroyed at source with relatively little expense.

    推迟用餐

    Postpone food

    晚点吃,你的胃就会压服你的脑子,来为你作出选择。可能,到其时,你会由于过分饥饿而不在乎吃什么。

    Eat later: your stomach will override your brain and choose for you. Or, by then, you will be too hungry to care.

    打电话问伴侣

    Phone a friend

    我的题目正相反:年夜都时辰,我完全知道自己想吃什么;但我的同事们,与你一样,似乎无法抉择自己要吃什么。

    I have the opposite problem: I know exactly what I want on most days, but my colleagues, like you, seem incapable of making a decision.

    他们会问我,然后通俗与我一路吃,无论我选择到那边吃。

    Their solution is to ask me, and then quite often to join me wherever I am going.

    为别人抉择根基糊口题目让我厌恶,是以我会设法主意甩失他们,这时他们就索性在公司食堂吃。

    It pains me to be making fundamental life decisions for other people, so I try to give them the slip and they simply default to the company canteen.

    别吃三明治

    Avoid sandwiches

    湿乎乎的三明治会让你午后昏昏欲睡。

    Soggy sandwiches create lethargic afternoons.

    我们找了本地一位承办炊事的人,他专门提供"营养午餐"--我们的事项效用是以获得进步,此刻公司为我们出午餐的钱。

    We found a local caterer who specialises in providing a "nutritious lunch" - and such are the productivity improvements that the firm now contributes to the cost of our lunch.

    自带午餐

    Pack your lunch

    从家里带吃的。然后捐出5英镑,给一家为那些没前提选择午餐的人供应食品的慈善构造。

    Bring something from home. Then donate a fiver to a charity that provides food for those who do not have the luxury of choice.

    试着不吃

    Try not eating

    要么自带三明治,要么别吃。假设你家里橱柜里没有很多种做三明治的馅料,那么抉择做什么三明治就应该不会花太多时刻。

    Either bring in your own sandwiches or fast. On the assumption that you do not have a vast array of sandwich fillings in your cupboard at home, it should not take too long to decide what to make.

    无意偶然偶然禁食有利于身材的休整,还能辅佐你减肥。

    Fasting from time to time is good for the body's repair and helps you lose weight.




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