Top 10 Nutrition Struggles…#2: I don’t have time to shop, plan, meal prep.
This one is closely related to the #3 biggest struggle you have (overeating and portion control).
Making time for shopping/planning what you’re going to eat sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it?
Who has that kind of time?
You do. In actuality, it takes far less time to plan than it does to go into your day unplanned.
The first time you take even a minute or two to plan, you’ll wonder why you thought it was so hard.
I think this every time I throw food into a bag in the morning on my way out the door. I usually grab last-night’s leftovers, a cucumber, a piece of fruit and some more veggies for snacks. It never takes me more than 3 minutes to pull it all together. (Yes, I’ve timed it because it’s usually the last thing I do before rushing out the door in the morning.)
It can be the same for you!
Here’s the thing. I can’t add time to your day, but you can.
Think about how you define this struggle (lack of time for shopping/meal prep).
“I don’t have time to shop.” Really?
Even if you never go to the grocery store in any given week, you can make this work. Here’s how..
- If you do go to the store, make a list and you will be more efficient as you go through the store. I know, no time to make a list. How about keeping a notepad on the kitchen counter and adding things to it as you run out of them? How about taking 30 seconds, maybe one minute sitting in the car before you enter the store to jot down what you need? Yes, this can be done on your smartphone. And yes, it can be that simple.
- The next time you’re online or cruising social media on your phone killing time, go to your local grocery store’s website. Many stores now have an option for you to put your grocery order in and simply drive by to pick it up. Here in Alaska, Fred Meyer has “ClickList.” In the 2-3 minutes it takes me to put my list together, someone else can be strolling the aisles gathering what I need. I simply breeze into the parking lot and they bring my order to my car for me.
Planning meals. For me this is a dream that only Martha Stewart can afford. Again, it’s in how you
define it. Planning for me means I make a big pot of brown rice on Monday night and have this as a base
for meals for the rest of the week. It means I make a whole package of chicken if I’m cooking chicken
anyway…that makes for easy lunches. If I’m making a vegetarian/vegan meal, I just cut up more veggies, add one more can of beans and I’m set for at least 3 or 4 days.
Breakfast? Check out this “overnight oats” recipe. It just takes 2-3 minutes to put the ingredients into a bowl and put it in the fridge overnight, use if for breakfast for the entire week. That’s it…your meal planning for the entire week.
What about vegetables? I have to wash AND cut them AND store them! In a pinch, go for snap peas (make sure you wash them). Or how about some pre-chopped broccoli or cauliflower with some hummus? My favorite is cutting up cucumber slices and celery to dip in my hummus.
You can do it! One step at a time…that’s the secret to Nu-U. We make changes one step at a time. And it will be different for you than it is for me. Your life is different from my life. We can’t follow the same exact plan. But we can both learn how to eat well, give our bodies the nutrition they need and feel great!
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