Is This Your Excuse?

But I don’t have time to eat right!!

No. I’m sorry but you do.

I have found, no matter what the circumstances, people make time for what is important to them. They wake up early. They stay up a little late. They get it done.

So when I hear people say, juicing takes too much time—it’s such a bitch to clean or I don’t have the time to cook,  or I would like to eat better but I have to work, I hear that the importance of eating well has not yet hit them.

Well, yes a lot of us have to work. I imagine people who know me might be thinking—you live alone so you don’t have to worry about cooking for anybody else, and you work at home so it is easier for you.

Ok, I will concede those points. BUT, if you have a family don’t you have to cook or provide some sustenance to them anyway? And if you don’t, don’t you have to provide sustenance to yourself? Why not start adding in some whole nutrient dense food meals? And if you work in an office—you can bring stuff to work!

We can always come up with a reason to not do the things that will make us feel better and move us forward in our evolution. Take today for example. I could say that I didn’t have time to go running because I had too much work to do. Truth is I slept a little later than I could have. I spent some time emailing with a friend. I actually didn’t get as much work done as I wanted to. Truth is I could have gone running but I chose not to.

But I did choose healthy whole foods eating! Here are some tips to stay on it…

Do stuff in batches!! I have been making double batches of juice—I store one in a ball jar filled to the rim for the next day. It doesn’t take that much longer and you save time the next day or in the afternoon when you don’t have to make juice.

I make a giant salad—if it is a primarily a kale salad I will dress it and it will keep for days. If it’s a regular mixed green salad you can dress it as you go. Also I roast a shit load of veggies at a time. Tonight I did acorn squash, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. You can throw them in cold on a salad or reheat in the oven. Roasting is my favorite way to cook veggies—400 degree oven good olive oil and sea salt—yum!! Or cook them any way you like—just have them on hand! Some people may prefer all raw.

It’s awesome to have these veggie staples ready to go then you can add in a lean good quality protein or a whole grain.

It is really not so hard to adopt a healthy style of eating. It just takes some commitment to realizing what works for you and finding the time to make it happen. It’s simple but is not always easy. Sometimes making a commitment to ourselves for our health or well being is one of the hardest things we can do. We so willingly give our time to others but often neglect ourselves. If you are feeling this way NOW IS THE TIME! And the time is there—just carve it out!

Making time to truly nourish ourselves is one of the greatest things we can do in this lifetime. You will take control of your health and before you know it you will help others with your example.


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2 Responses to Is This Your Excuse?

  1. Kim November 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Amen sister! Soup is another good one, a big pot will make enough for a big bowl for each of us, two nights that week. Then we freeze the leftovers, which will be one or two bowls for a night when nobody feels like cooking. Eating well is not that hard; it’s a choice about how we spend our time.

    • Gwen
      Gwen November 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      That’s right Kim–it is a choice!! Thanks for the soup addition–awesome to have home made soup in the freezer!

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