I know this to be such a true statement. I don’t consider what I do a diet. I eat clean, I’ve educated myself on proper macro-nutrients and understand how to consume balanced meals.
Does that mean I always do what I know is the right thing? Negative ghost-rider!
Why would I not do what I know is best? Well, for me it is usually about poor planning.
If I don’t make a conscious effort to prepare and store my protein sources I find myself scrounging around for what I should eat.
I spend a couple of hours once a week preparing protein sources, usually grilling or baking in the form of chicken. Chicken gets boring. Yes, I know. I have umpteen(yes that’s a word my mom used to use) spices that I rotate so the my chicken gets a different flavor. I have friends that simply boil their chicken to death and then eat it. Not me I want some flavor.
I digress terribly today.
I freeze what chicken I won’t use over the following two days and I even go so far as to cut it up in to bite sized pieces so I don’t have to fight it later. I use the quart sized Ziploc freezer backs. They make my life easier.
I don’t always have access to fresh veggies, but our local Kroger puts small bags of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots on sale 10/$10.00 so I always have a back up plan on my veggies and yes, I eat the whole bag at one sitting.
I hard boil an 18 pack of eggs on Sunday, then I peel them all. Grab and go protein.
Food planning is only as hard as you make it. Do you work 12 hour days? Then it’s even MORE important to plan your meals. Write down a list of what you need and go buy ONLY what is on the list. Stay out of the inner aisles at the grocery store unless you are looking for olive or coconut oils or some other healthy oil. Shop the produce section, the meat counter and cooler for eggs.
Yes, it is that simple.
Veggies…don’t judge your taste of a veggie from any childhood experience. I hated brussels sprouts until someone roasted them after tossing in olive oil and salt and pepper. Now I love them. I enjoy and appreciate most all roasted veggies. We are grown-ups now. We should be open to trying every single vegetable just for sake of variety. It’s amazing how many things I’ll eat now that I wouldn’t touch years ago.
Eating clean is only as hard as you choose to make it. I choose to make it as easy as possible.
It’s not a chore, it’s a choice.