Time and Money… The two things that keep most people from making a change, a different choice than they have made in the past.
Today = TIME: Jobs, Families, Homes to care for, cars to keep running, shopping, paying bills, a little ME time, kids activities, second jobs, COOKING… The list seems to go on forever.
A friend and trainer of mine, Paula English, once asked me if my “being busy” was actually a bad habit I had developed over the years. I was furious when she insinuated such a thing. How could she say such a thing, I REALLY WAS BUSY.
Then I took a look at everything I was doing in a day. I took a class, Mindful Based Stress Reduction, taught by Madeline Ebelini, who showed me, through 8 weeks of classes and learning the secrets, skills, and benefits of being mindful in my everyday life. What did I find? (yes, that is me in her video)
Paula was right. I had gotten so STRESSED out about everything I had to get done, the schedule, the TIME, the quality, all of it, that I had lost site of loving life and enjoying what life is about. Enjoying my family, friends, my career, and in prioritizing what I did need to do and choosing to leave other things behind. (Even saying NO to some things.) *gasp*
In recent weeks, while teaching a Waist Line Reduction, introductory class, we discussed obstacles in the way of people’s healthy choices. One of the BIG things was TIME.
“Time to prepare healthy food, time to shop for healthy food, effort to prepare healthy food.”
Enter: A FEW SUGGESTIONS TO FAST, HEALTHY FOODS!
When cooking on the grill, cook extra to use the rest of the week. We only ate 2 of these tonight, which leaves 3 to use for lunches or in a meal later this week.
Tomato is slice and eat, salad is quickly rinsed and placed in a bowl, chicken was cooked in bulk, green bean casserole (from scratch – NO canned soup harmed in the making of this dish) also made in bulk to enjoy later in the week, on another night. Beans were crispy tonight, so they will not be overcooked when reheated.
Mashed taters are from whole potatoes – not as quick, but doesn’t take me any longer than it used to when I made the boxed kind… maybe 5 minutes.
Salsa is one of our main staples. I make a HUGE batch once a week and eat on it all week long. Burritos, egg scrambles, topping to chicken or other meat, hamburger topping, as dip with a chip or a spoon.
By keeping fresh produce in the fridge, it makes quick snacks and such a breeze. Here is a snack I’ve taken to work with me. Throw in a little of a few things and go.
Here is one shelf in my fridge tonight. These are fast foods for myself or my daughter to enjoy with a quick grab. Watermelon, fresh pineapple, blanched broccoli, Greek yogurt, grapes (that need washed yet), chicken boobs… all tasty stuff.
My produce drawer is a bit empty tonight, was a “busy” weekend of running around, being the weekend of the 4th and all. But again, quick easy foods. Carrots, sliced bell peppers, organic sweet peppers, & romaine lettuce. (My baby girl says the “OOOOH, THEY SQUIRT SWEET CANDY IN YOUR MOUTH!” when she eats the organic mini sweet peppers. Love that she loves them.
- Be mindful of what you are going to stock in your home.
- Prepare foods in bulk to save time. It takes just as long to grill 6 or 10 chicken boobs as it does to grill 2.
- Keep handy snacks ready. Prepare several things at once on those days you are already in the kitchen. If I have to be in the kitchen while baking bread, I may as well be productive and get some salsa (pico de gallo) made as well.
- Wash your veggies/fruits when preparing a meal for something else, again, use that time wisely.
I hope these tips help you in your quest to live a healthier life and to make healthier lifestyle choices, daily.
If you would like additional information on healthy eating or simple steps could improve your life left in your years, contact me. Thank you, for reading!