What should you do if you want to eat healthier, but you don’t have the time to cook, and your lack of energy causes you to cave in to junk food?
The answer is to start simply.
This month, you should pick one of these healthy alternatives each week:
- Drink water
- Drink tea (any kind, but unsweetened)
- Eat veggies as a snack (with hummus if you like) – carrots, broccoli pieces, cauliflower, baby tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, peppers.
You just need to stop at the store, pick up one or two bags of baby carrots, and a couple of containers of hummus Engine 2 brand has oil free (lots of flavors to choose from!). That’s super simple and shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes.
Now all your shopping and planning and prep work and cooking are done! Now just take some to work (or eat at home if you work at home) and eat it in the afternoon. Do it daily:
- Eat fruits & raw nuts as a snack
- Have fruit or a vegetable as a side dish during one of your meals
- Add some nuts, berries and/or ground flaxseeds to your usual breakfast (cereal or oats, for example)
You could eat apples and raw walnuts/almonds for a snack. All you have to do is buy some apples and raw nuts! Or if you want to make your morning cereal/oatmeal healthier, add some berries, nuts and ground flaxseeds (just buy three things!).
You can eat blueberries & raw almonds as a side snack.
If you want to add some veggies to your dinner, you could order a veg side dish (skip the cheeses or sauces added), or just microwave some frozen broccoli or mixed veggies, and eat with your normal dinner.
Yes, the rest of the meal might be unhealthy, but we’re going to win this in baby steps.
You could also make a quick salad if that doesn’t seem too hard — but if it does, stick with one of the things above. They don’t require much shopping, and almost zero preparation. No planning either.
Take 10 minutes to rid your home and office (the parts under your control at least) of junk. Go through the fridge and pantry and toss out cookies, chips, pastries, ice cream, etc. Just buy one or two healthy snacks to replace them.
Having the junk out of your home is a great step to take, because it’s not hard to do, and it makes you much more likely to reach for the healthy alternatives if you don’t have the tempting junk in the house. It’s one of the first things I did and it changed my entire diet.
One step at a time. You’ll make a bunch of small changes, over time, and eventually you’ll be super healthy. You’re just not going to do it all today.
Focus on one small change today, and continue it tomorrow. That’s all you need to think about!
If you are ready and willing and want to commit to a new healthy lifestyle and need plantbased guidance or nutritional support with some motivation then book a free call to see if one on one coaching is what you need to reach your weight goal.
Sheri Goodman Graham
Welcome! I'm Sheri, a Certified Plant-Based Nutritionist & Dietician for over 25 years. I ate my way to better health and weight loss with zero supplements and zero fad diets. How? Transitioning to a super simple, healthy, and fulfilling whole food plant-based diet. Now, I am passionate about helping others do the same!