When it comes to healthy eating, many people like to over-complicate things by setting unrealistic expectations for themselves. This oftentimes leads to discouragement which eventually leads to failure. Why do you think this is? well for one, I feel that we as a society have a skewed idea about what clean eating should look like. I believe that is partly based on what we see in tv ads, magazines, movies, etc… I know for me personally, making the switch to a healthy lifestyle was challenging at first. I would often spend grueling hours preparing healthy meals and making sure every calorie was accounted for. This got exhausting after a while especially when I ran out of new appealing healthy recipes to try. As time went on, I realized that it was much easier to eat a bowl of oatmeal after coming home from the gym at 8:00pm than spend 2 hours preparing, cooking, and cleaning up.
After a while, I just started to accept that there would be many nights where I would just want to come home, take care of my Son, have a bowl of cereal and go straight to bed. I became ok with this. In fact, I preferred this for a while as it became less stressful for me especially on the really rough days when I just didn’t feel like doing anything. I’m also very lucky to have a self sufficient Husband who helps me out on days like that by preparing his own meals (sometimes mine as well). If you’re reading this honey, I love you! (ok enough with the cheesiness here, sorry).
Let’s face it, we’re all busy and after a long day at work, we don’t always have the time or energy to devote to chopping up and measuring ingredients.When we begin to learn the basics of eating healthy and start making better choices throughout the day, it becomes less of a chore and more of an acquired lifestyle instead. If weight loss is your goal, it’s important to stay away from refined sugar and incorporate plenty of fruits and veggies instead. This doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy your favorite dessert from time-to-time, it simply means that you should do so in moderation. When we choose nutritious and healthy foods, the weight begins to shed naturally with very little effort, given that we remain somewhat active as well.
Arrowhead Mills Organic Cereal, Spelt Flakes, 12 Ounce
Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, these tips really worked for me and many others that I know. It’s important to remember that when it comes to dieting (I hate that word), you should consult your physician to pinpoint the plan that’s right for you. Do you have any advice on eating healthy when you’re lazy or just don’t have time? leave it in the comments down below.