Making Healthy Eating Easier
By Donna Stark
I used to be the mom that hated to cook. I believe I got to that point because I felt like I never had the amount of time I needed to create fabulously healthy meals for my family. My dinner choices went from elaborate recipes I used to make when I was just starting out to those that consisted of five ingredients or less. And because my life had gotten very busy, most of what I made felt and looked like it had been thrown together and rushed, and a lot of it wasn’t very healthy either. I knew that I needed to do better, but for me, it was a hard adjustment to make.
Healthy Eating Isn’t Hard … Until it Is
We are told over and over again that healthy eating isn’t hard. And although that is true for the actual act of eating healthy food, the time and commitment to doing so can seem very overwhelming. Or hard. Here are some suggestions that made things easier for me and that might do the same for you so that you can feel good about what you cook and serve for your weekly meals.
Time to shop
When I didn’t have anyone to worry about other than myself, I could afford to shop at the local markets and stores for hours, hand-selecting every piece of fruit and waiting my turn to taste the “cheese of the week” sample. Then life happened and I barely had the time to find a parking spot, let alone shop too. So I had to learn how to schedule grocery shopping into my calendar like every other appointment and I had to stick to that time. Another thing that helped was that I found stores that offered online shopping and delivery. It was a huge time-saver that also kept me from making those unhealthy, impulse purchases as I walked past the ice cream aisle on the way to the register.
Time to Cook
After my cheese tasting was over, I would head home and create wonderful meals that took the majority of the evening with prep work, cooking, and then cleaning. But once life hit, all of that time, all of those hours, suddenly dwindled down to minutes. And it hasn’t let up since. If you work 50 hours a week and have 40 minutes between school and activities, the time to cook elaborate meals vanishes as fast as your paychecks do. But don’t give up! Remember that calendar? Schedule meal prep when you get home from shopping. Wash, cut, and portion all of your fruit and veggies so they are ready to go at a moment’s notice during the week. Simplify your meals too. Recipes don’t need to be complicated or time-intensive to be healthy.
Simplify the Process
Healthy eating requires more effort and organization than most people think and it can definitely be hard, but there are ways to make the process easier. You just need to find what works best for you and your family!
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