There’s no big secret to eating right. Most of us can tell the difference between a healthy choice and one we will regret. So why do so many people have such a tough time making the right choice? Ok, there are as many reasons and excuses for this problem as there are people, but a lot of times I think it comes down to a matter of convenience. Sometimes we have crazy days and when it comes time to eat, we do what is human –we do the easy thing—and the easy thing, when it comes to food, often means choosing something high-calorie, salt-laden, pre-packaged and nutritionally poor. It doesn’t have to be this way.
There is this idea out there that healthy food is hard. It isn’t hard, but it is intentional. Healthy food can be convenient; it just takes a little extra planning. You know you’re going to have days where you need something quick and convenient; so plan ahead for it! You can easily avoid being cornered into a bad food decision if you invest a little time in being prepared.
Pick a day and take some time to prep for the rest of the week. Here are some ideas to get you started:
*Boil some eggs, pre pack some chopped veggies and keep a stock of fresh easy-to-grab fruit. These are quick and healthy snacks.
*Make a pot of steel cut oats with cinnamon and chopped dried fruit (no sugar added) – quick healthy breakfast for a few days!
*Chop up some veggies and keep them in the fridge for quick salads, stir fries or steamed side dishes through out the week.
*Make a pot of home made soup –it’s a filling low-calorie lunch for the whole week and making it yourself means you’ll have control over the salt content. You can even freeze single serving portions in those toss-able Ziplock containers and have soup if you need something in a pinch.
You are worth the extra time. Your health. Your body. Your life. Choose to put yourself 1st! A little prep goes a long way toward helping you achieve your nutritional goals. Life is unpredictable, but you don’t have to let those crazy days dictate your choices. Being prepared is 90% of the food battle and often determines your weight-loss success, so make it easy on yourself… It’s the difference between a healthy stir-fry and a drive thru raid. You deserve it!