“Learn tips to make a healthier lifestyle doable.”
Several people have remarked to me that while they agree with the concepts that I have been espousing in these articles, they could use some pragmatic ways to actually incorporate them into their lives. I think that’s a great idea. Changing your behavior takes motivation and foresight. That being said, there is no reason why making these changes needs to take an overwhelming degree of discipline or an inordinate amount of time.
Regularly eating a large salad with healthy protein and fats for lunch really helps to make you feel better during the day and sets you up to be successful in your eating the rest of your day. I’m as busy as the next person, though, and I’m not about to make a salad from scratch every morning when I should be drinking coffee and doing my crossword puzzle. Instead, a couple of times a week I make enough salad to last 3 or 4 days and refrigerate it in a large container.
With a large supply of salad readably available, I can quickly assemble my day’s lunch in a smaller Tupperware container in the morning. If I really want to plan ahead I can even do this the night before. After work, having the salad already prepared makes the rest of putting together dinner that much quicker and easier as well.
When you have salmon, halibut, venison or the likes for dinner, purposely cook up leftovers that you can throw on your lunch salad. Other quick protein foods you can add include canned shrimp, salmon, and beans. Tuna is okay occasionally, but because of its high mercury content you shouldn’t make a daily habit of it. Don’t forget to add the nuts, cheese, or olive oil dressing so that you get your important fats.
If you don’t care to take the time in the morning to prepare a vegetable laden omelet, making a single serving of oatmeal in the microwave takes almost no time. You can eat it out of whatever you cook it in and you can do something else while it’s in the microwave. Be sure and use old fashioned rolled oats rather than something ground finer. The finer the cut the more processed it is. This of course allows you to eat more of it and for your body to more quickly convert it to sugar.
For those refusing to give up cold cereal for breakfast, a quick and healthier alternative is simply to pour milk on your rolled oats. Some nuts will make it more of a complete meal and keep you satisfied longer. A small amount of raisins can add a lot of flavor and this time of year strawberries are a fun addition.
I once gave a seminar where a woman said that she didn’t have time to cook oatmeal in the morning. When I suggested the cold cereal option, she balked saying, “Do you know how long that takes to chew?” Now eating healthier shouldn’t totally disrupt your live as you know it, but if you want to change your health and your physique, you do have to change your behavior. Taking the time to chew your food doesn’t seem like an unrealistic investment towards reaching your goals.
Try these ideas and see if they don’t make eating whole foods a little more doable. Be creative in finding your own ways to be efficient and have fun doing it. We’ll discuss more strategies next time and if you have any ideas that you’d like to share, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week.