When I speak with folks about nutrition, TIME is always a large obstacle. There is a belief that eating healthy is more time consuming than eating unhealthy. The common narrative is that people with busy lives people simply do not have the time to cook, prepare, and eat a nutritious meal. But, I sure don’t see this to actually be the case.
With that in mind, here is what I often eat for lunch. It takes about a minute to prepare and it is highly nutritious. It covers all three macros, provides a dose of pro-biotic for my gut-health, an array of healthy fats, and I actually enjoy eating it.
(Kimchi, Can of Pole-Caught Salmon, Full Avocado, 3 Tbsp. Chia Seeds, and 1 Lara Bar)
The excuse of time is generally something deeper. "No time" is a scapegoat for avoidance of effort and avoidance of change.
Avoidance of effort is opting for something “ready-made”, “fast-food”, a piece of bread, or the dreaded solo piece of fruit snack, or what you usually eat. None of these are actually significantly quicker options, but are simply easier than taking the effort of putting together this quick healthy meal. If you wanted to forget about the good practise of chewing your food and eating slowly, you could prepare and eat this meal in five minutes. Time is not a good excuse for eating unhealthy, because it does not take extra time to eat healthy, it just takes effort.
Avoidance of change is being too tied to old habits (“But, I like eating this for lunch”) or conventions of what a lunch should be/look like. The above meal is not typical or average and probably quite different than how you currently eat, but… where you are at now, a place from which you want grow, is the result of what you have been eating, so time to move on.
If you dig deeper into both of these, both are actually avoidance of discomfort.
Spoiler Alert: If you are in a place in life right now that is not the full expression of who you want to be and you want to change… doing the things you need to do to change is going to be really uncomfortable.
Therefore the woman looking to change should be pleased with herself when she is doing something new that brings discomfort. It means she is on the right track. You need to change your ways of thinking before your habits will change.
You have two options my friends. One will lead to change, one will lead to continued frustration and stagnation.
1) Change your ideas about lunch, chose foods based on nutritional merit (not the tastes of an eleven year old), and learn to love food that will allow you to flourish.
2) Continue eating unhealthy foods and hope by some miracle that after eating them long enough they/you magically end up being healthy…
Unfortunately you can't change what foods the universe and human evolution have made healthy and nutritious, but you can change what foods you eat and enjoy, even though that journey may not be comfortable at the beginning.
This reminds me of a quote by Josh Waitzkin.
“To walk a thorny road, we may cover its every inch with leather or we can make sandals.”
In my experience the people who experience the most success when changing their nutritional habits are those who simply move onto a new way of eating. They rip off the band-aid. Those who try to cling to their past habits and make healthy versions of unhealthy practises do not fair as well.
It is going to be really hard for you to step into the next room of your life if you insist on keeping a foot in the old room you claimed to be unhappy with.
So, if you want to change. Get ready for some discomfort. Revel in it, because that discomfort is what is moving you towards your new you. Furthermore, get ready to “break-up" with your old habits and ideas because they have not yet, and will not, serve you moving forward. Prokope,