You are what you eat. Its true and trite as possible. There are times to nitpick the Nth degree of details and there are times for action. Assuming we all know the basics like...
- Less processed is better than highly processed
- Eat your veggies
- Don't eat until you're busting at the seams
.... then you might need to hear something honest like this excerpt from Dan John's Mass Made Simple...
"Honestly, seriously, you don’t know what to do about food? Here is an idea: Eat like an adult. Stop eating fast food, stop eating kid’s cereal, knock it off with all the sweets and comfort foods whenever your favorite show is not on when you want it on, ease up on the snacking and— don’t act like you don’t know this— eat vegetables and fruits more. Really, how difficult is this? Stop with the whining. Stop with the excuses. Act like an adult and stop eating like a television commercial. Grow up."
...and now, let us focus on how to easily get quality nutrients into your fridge and then into your belly!
Tip #1: Make food shopping fun! My two suggestions are to either go with someone who makes it more fun, or go somewhere that is fun. I have two grocery store buddies, and one farmers market buddy. They make a trip to the grocery store or market way more fun. The farmers market is my fun location because you get to stare into the eyes of the human that raised your butternut squash with care. That, my friends, is priceless.
Tip #2: Make meal prep easy. This may take a few small financial investments to get the most efficient tools for the job. I'd start with a crock pot and set of pyrex storage bowls. The crock pot is for easy cooking and easy clean-up. The pyrex are for easy storage and transport when you need them. We have just taken off some common mental handcuffs when eliminating the "I can't cook" excuse. It is much easier to continue a great habit if you make that habit easy, accessible, and excuse free.
For accountabilities sake, I'll let you know two of my action items. The first was to get sweet potatoes to put in the crockpot overnight. I did that last night, and this morning I got to eat a delicious small sweet potato! The second is getting a carnitas recipe from my friend Gina. I will be sharing the recipe after I make it, which gives you about a week to buy (or dust off) you crockpot and pyrex!