Ooh! Pizza! Chinese food! Sushi! What do all these foods have in common?!
That’s it! You won! What all of these foods have in common is that they are all high in carbohydrates and calories.
For bonus points, what else do they all have in common?
They are all available for take out or delivery!
I have heard the excuse many a time, (mostly from myself) that life is just too busy to cook good healthy food!
Well here is the million dollar answer…. BUY GROCERIES!!
That’s right. Life is busy and when I get home from work I am tired! It takes so much energy to figure out what to cook and sometimes the ideas of what to cook just don’t flow.
“The goal is to have a routine” says Dr. Laurie. “Pick a time, like Sunday morning to go to the grocery store in order to buy your proteins for the week. Take the time to plan the meals for the week based on the proteins and the vegetables to go with them each day for the coming week. The key is to put your proteins in the fridge or have fish that is easy and quickly defrosted when needed in the freezer. When the proteins are in the fridge it means that you have to cook them” says Dr. Laurie.
“But what if they go to waist?” You might ask.
If your belief system is like mine and that if you spend your hard earned money on something then you better damn well use it, then this process will work for you. If this is not your belief system then you will have to force yourself to cook each night and force yourself to eat what you have cooked until you realize that you can do it.
If you feel emotional pain from seeing the grocery receipt then you will definitely be more inclined to actually use what you purchase from the grocery store instead of letting the food go to waste.
Groceries can be expensive, but fast food is even more expensive and in reality knowing this will help you find the time to cook dinner. If you think about it, it takes 20 minutes to cook a pizza and then another 20 minutes to deliver it, so the fast food ordering really takes just as long. Each of the recipes presented in my blog took me on average one hour to prepare from fridge to table.
And if you are a person who likes to go out for lunch instead of finding the time to make a lunch for yourself in the morning, like I used to be, then I have the answer for you! Cook extra proteins for dinner so you can pack your cooked protein up and have a healthy lunch for the next day. This will also help with the need to stop running out for fast food for lunch and help maintain your self control.
On the quest to lose 50 pounds in a year. Can she do it? Only time will tell....with the help of this blog.