Prioritizing Meals

You’d love to make "healthy eating" a part of your life, but you’re just so busy! You’re always running around doing errands for yourself or for the family, caught up with too much work, family and social obligations. The phrase "I just didn't have time to eat healthy" usually gets tossed around a lot. In reality, time isn't something people "have", it's something they "make!" You do HAVE the time, it just hasn't been a priority! Other things took priority over eating or preparing food, and at the last minute you ate some pieces of toast, takeaway food, or microwaved something quick to eat.

I totally understand that there are occasions when things just take over our lives and it is hard to make time to eat a balanced healthy meal. I want to point out that there's a difference between an occasion and a regular occurrence. When my clients or family members tell me they just didn't have the time, I often reply "No, you had the time, you just didn't make it a priority. You chose to do other things instead!" That is totally fine! We are all in charge of our lives and can choose what things take precedence over others, but lets not continue to lie to ourselves anymore! You just didn't want to and chose something you wanted to do more instead, maybe even thinking eating healthily wasn't so important. When I tell people to start saying "It just isn't a priority of mine", rather than "I don't have time," people usually see it for what it is, realizing they do have time and are just making excuses. The majority of this can be rectified simply by taking some time out of the week, with these helpful tips, to create convenience through meal preparation.

COOKING MEALS IN BULK FOR THE WEEK:
Cooking meals in bulk creates convenience when those busy days hit unexpectedly or you just don't feel like cooking after a long stressful day. This will ensure you have good balanced food already prepared, and you can simply warm it up in the oven or on the stove. This is a sure fire way to know you'll have food ready when you're in a rush.

MEAL PREPPING IS TOO HARD AND LONG, WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?   

START PREPARING EXTRA FOOD FOR THE NEXT DAY!:
If you know you are going to be busy the next day, prepare a little extra dinner the night before so that there will be leftovers. You can have those leftovers the next day for breakfast, lunch, or whenever else you choose.

SHAKES/SMOOTHIES:
I wouldn't make it a regular meal substitute, but if you do not feel like making food or if you're low on your supply of the foods you've prepared, make a shake the night before or first thing in the morning so you can have it in the refrigerator ready to drink. This could come in handy mid-day when you don't have time to prepare  or warm up a meal that is already made.

COOK THE FOODS THAT TAKE A LONG TIME TO COOK IN BULK:
For me this includes, potatoes, beets, squash, rice, peppers, fruit compote, and cooked fruits. When the foods that take time to cook are already cooked, it creates convenience for cooking the other part of the meal when time is limited for cooking. Throw in the already prepared items as you prepare the quick stuff so that they can warm them up with the meal.