Since I like to enjoy eating food rather than cook it I asked my wife, Lisa Garon, to write a blog post for you so that she could share a handful of her tricks of the trade. Here's what she had to say:
Recently I have been promoted to Culinary Manager at Red Lobster. Essentially this means many more hours than I was working for the previous eight months. To be honest, it’s been pretty challenging to say the least. I have not had the time I previously did to come up with creative recipes or dedicate myself to my kettlebell sport training. It's been crushing to me because I don’t have the same satisfaction that I once did when everything is in balance.
Some people think that just because they are busy they don’t have away to be healthy, both for themselves or for their families. Well, I’m gonna tell you that is a myth. Here's a few basic steps you can do now to better your lives for the future.
1. Don’t waste your time in the grocery store. I used to be the “up every aisle” girl. Then I discovered that I wasn’t purchasing anything from the aisles. Stay primarily in the produce section, and then follow around the perimeter. If you need a specific item from the aisle, say coconut milk, nuts, or almond butter, then go for that itemspecifically. To be healthy, the perimeter contains everything you need. Anything in the aisles are simply processed foods packed with sugar, salt, and overabundance of food-like substances.
Aisles to avoid altogether: frozen food, snack foods, bread and beverages. There is nothing beneficial for you here.
2. Two words: Produce Delivery OR Farmer's Market. This is becoming more and more common across the country. This will also help you to avoid overspending at the store. We use Timber Creek Farms in Illinois, but depending on where you are you can certainly find either a home delivery service or great Farmer's Market to get your produce. Timber Creek offers free delivery right to your doorstep and is 100% organic at prices actually cheaper than if you bought conventionally grown foods making several different store trips.
3. When you get your produce pre-wash and prepare your veggies and fruits. This may take a small portion of time today, but you will be ahead for the week. I recently invested in a really cool Tupperware container that has the 6 different compartments in it. Now I can readily prepare(chop, dice, slice, etc) mine and my family’s salads in a matter of minutes for the remainder of the week so all we have to do is toss the greens in a bowl and the accompanying toppings are all ready to go.
4. Simplicity. You remember the "Keep It Simple Silly(or Stupid, depending on who you learned it from)" old adage... Don’t spend a lot of time coming up with impressive recipes. Just throwing some coconut oil, veggies, sea salt and touch of seasonings in a casserole and letting it bake is pretty tasty enough for all the members of your family.
5. Prepare only one meal. You aren’t working for a restaurant, so there should be no need for 2 or 3 different meals every day. That’s just silly! During the day snack on nuts, fruit, and veggies. Eat a well balanced meal at night that's packed with healthy fat, easy to digest protein, and the most important details: veggies and fruits.... more veggies than fruits though.
Just because we are busy does not equal unhealthy, for you or your loved ones.