Do you ever feel like eating real food comes with the hassle of more? More time in preparation, more time in shopping, more time in cooking, more time to read articles like this one. Omitting the convenience food we’re used to can be a hassle and make us feel a little bogged down. However, what are our options? If we resort back to the convenience solution which may be microwave nasty foods, it can send our health into a downward spiral. So, what’s the happy medium? There has to be one that’s happy for your body and time efficient.
Enter lazy healthy
Yes. I just made that up.
The point I want to get across is that you don’t have to spend all day Sunday preparing for the week ahead. There are a number of other lifestyle factors that can affect your health in addition to what you pop in your mouth, like sleep, stress, exercise, and community, but if we just focus on the food aspect a lot of these will also become easier. Easy is what we need more of right?
When it comes to food there are two basics to keeping it healthy:
- Eat Foods with a Number of Nutrients.
- Avoid Foods with a Number of Toxins
If you start feeling slightly less lazy, you can begin to determine what foods are nourishing or toxic to your body.
Nutrients: Eat just five foods
- Veggies. You know what they are. Despite the years of your mom trying to make you eat them, turns out they’re actually delicious and really good for you! Time to try them again.
- Meats. Yes…eat bacon. It’s delicious and nutritious. Eat beef, pork, chicken and wild animals too.
- Seafood. Eat as much seafood as you can afford.
- Fruits. Tempting to go overboard here, so try and limit them to one a day. It’s a good practice to eat the whole fruit, not dried or fruit juice.
- Other. Eggs. Organ meats (liver, kidney, etc.). Nuts and seeds. Coconut oil, ghee, lard, tallow, or olive oil.
Toxins: Avoid just 5 foods
- Grains (wheat, corn, rice, barley, rye, oats, etc.).
- Legumes (all beans, all soy, and all peanuts).
- Processed Sugars (sugar, cane sugar, honey, agave, syrup, corn syrup, etc.)
- Dairy (unless it’s raw and/or fermented)
- Seed Oils (canola oil, vegetable oil, grape seed oil, crisco, corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, etc.)
Here’s five simple (laziness included) principles to keep you on track:
Stop Counting Calories and Stop Worrying about How Much You Eat
The amazing thing about your body is this – if you give it the nutrients it needs and generally avoid toxins, then your body is pretty good at regulating both how much want to you eat and how much energy it uses.
Make a healthy dinner you really want to eat because that way you’ll look forward to leftovers for lunch. It may sound like more work, but so is making dinner then lunch; just do it all at once.
Be good most (80%) of the time so that the times you’re not, your body can absorb the insults (20% of the time). So of 21 meals in a week, 20% means you can enjoy 4 out.. So plan your 20% and look forward to them.
Get a slow cooker
Cooking while you’re working/sleeping is nothing but genius.
Enjoy simple pleasures
Remember, your mum used to have half an avocado with a little olive oil and vinegar, a boiled egg and soldiers (bacon makes great soldiers!)? What about some roast sweet potato sliced bread thick with your favorite avocado toast toppings? Simple is often the best.
Finally, embrace the theme of laziness and health. I’m going to stop writing now, put a chicken in the slow cooker and go and enjoy a morning walk with my family. You should go and do the same.