Too Busy to Cook? You can kiss that excuse goodbye
I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve heard someone say they were too busy to cook healthy meals at home. Ha, I wish I had a dime for every time I said that.
I can’t argue with how busy your life is; but I can argue that making time for cooking your own meals is one of the most important things you need to find some time for. And here’s why:
- Fast food is full of chemicals and “fake foods” with minimal nutritional ingredients. These foods can impede weight loss, make you feel fatigued, cause digestive issues, and even create genuine health problems such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, and heart attacks.
- Convenience foods may often be marketed as health foods, but they are actually inconveniently just the opposite. Check the ingredients of your favorite convenience food. Can you recognize any of them as real food?
- Many of these processed foods are actually causing you to gain weight or prevent you from losing it.
- Eating food on the go often makes us feel disconnected. We hide, isolate, and distract ourselves with food instead of sharing meals with others.
Being busy doesn’t mean giving someone else the responsibility for your health and well-being.
As a culture, we started to gain weight when we started outsourcing our meals to fast food restaurants and giant corporations who promised fast and convenient at the expense of nutrients and vibrant health.
There are many benefits of cooking real food.
- Heals, restores, and invigorates your health
- Tastes better and is more satisfying so you won’t feel the need to overeat as you do with less nutrient dense, unsatisfying convenience foods
- Is the best way to ensure the health of you and your family
As a society, we wear our “busy badge” like a badge of honor.
This badge isn’t one we should strive for, as it can lead to fatigue, unhappiness, resentment, guilt, overwhelm, and anxiety. Who needs a badge like that?
So, can you really eat healthy when you’re short on time?
Of course, and here’s how:
- Can you give up watching mindless TV? Not all television, just the mind numbing shows that you watch for distraction, not enjoyment. Check out 100 Fun Things to do Instead of Watching TV from the Free Resource Page.
- Can you give up 20-30 minutes of scrolling through social media? You know you can.
- Can you enlist the help of friends, co-workers, or family members?
- Are there activities or tasks in your day that you can delegate or eliminate completely?
- Think about how much of your time and energy is spent on diet mentality instead of having a healthy relationship with food and your body. It doesn’t have to be this way. Give up the diets, calories, points, scales, BMI, and body-hate, and just start cooking real nutritious food.
- Envision living with vibrant health and energy. What small changes can you make today to get you the lighter, healthier, happier you?
- Check out easy and effective tips for “How to eat healthy when you’re short on time” in the Free Resource Section. Incorporate 2 or 3 of the ideas that resonate with you and that you can easily incorporate into your life.