One of the biggest reasons for not having a great diet is ‘I don’t have the time’.
Is that an excuse or are we really that busy?
Let’s break it down. There are 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and then 7 days in a week. If my maths are right, that should equal 10080 minutes. You have over 10000 minutes a week, granted for a lot of those minutes you will be sleeping, but of those minutes you only need a small percentage to plan your food.
Try this. Write down your weekly routine and see where you have any gaps. Designate time to plan your meals for the week or cook a meal which you can then put into portions and freeze or put on the fridge. If you set time aside specifically for this, then you are more likely to do it rather than ‘I’ll get around to it’. It can only take 5-10 minutes to get a bit of paper and write down what you want to be eating and a shopping list for all the ingredients. Cooking time can be anywhere from 15 minutes to around an hour.
Think about what you want to eat and plan for 3 days. When preparing those meals, cook enough to give you two portions. You now have meals for 6 days of the week. What a timesaver!
For most, a Sunday afternoon could be the ideal time to cook up a storm in the kitchen. It may mean time off your TV time one night during the week, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s worth it.
Have you got a slow cooker? Chuck all the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and then when you are home from work, everything is ready.
Prepare your breakfast or lunch the night before. Make it part of your nightly routine and this will save you time in the morning.
Planning and preparation is everything. If you know what you what to eat and when then it will be a lot easier to stick to. Don’t rely on coming home from work after a long day and making good food choices. That could be your downfall. If you have went out of your way to buy or cook the food before hand, it could make all the difference in reaching for the takeaway menu or ready meal.
‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’.
A simple change such as eating more home cooked meals can make a huge difference.
Try some of these ideas and let me know how you get on. If you have some of your own, I would love to hear them so get in touch.