Lately I have been hearing this issue come up withmy clients, friends, and family. People who want toimprove their nutrition, but feel like they don’thave time to prepare healthy meals when oursociety has become overrun with fast processedoptions that seem more convenient.
Our lives seem to get busier and busier each year.I know mine does, I thought I was a busy guy THENmy wife and I welcomed our first child into theworld this past year!Talk about a busy world immediately getting a littlemore crowded.Yet, throughout it all I have been able to use a fewsteps to continue my healthy eating routine.
First, you have to make ‘Eating Clean’ a priority.It’s basically become a non-negotiable issue in ourhouse.We have all been given one body and this machine isgiven a limited number of days for us to enjoy it.
If you feed it junk, it runs like junk.But when you put high quality real food intoyour machine it is amazing how many areas iteffects: Mood, Energy, Digestion, Skin, Hair, Relationships, Outlook, Clearer Thinking!
Second, you need to have a plan.It amazes me how many people made New Year’sresolutions to start eating better, but never tookthe time to plan HOW they were going to do it.If you were going to take a road trip across thecountry, wouldn’t you take the time to put thedestination into your GPS so you could see how youwere going to get there?, Outlook, ClearerThinking!
Third, this simple plan I lay out comes from a guywho DOES NOT COOK. Ask my wife! I eat from thesame basics every day, and none of it requires anyfancy cooking instructions. I live my life by: I’m hungry. I want to eat NOW”!A Successful week of eating for me begins on theweekend. I usually go to the grocery store onSaturday mornings.
Two important things to do before you skip off tothe grocery store:•Make A List•Eat before you Go!If you don’t have a list and shop hungry, you willwaste time and money wandering around the storebuying whatever strikes your fancy!
I’m going to share with you the staples I getEVERY WEEK:•Chicken Breast Family Pack•Sweet Potatoes•Avocados•Raw Spinach•Bell Peppers•Lemons•Oatmeal•Almond Butter•Green Beans•Mustard•Mrs. Dash
Since this article is about TIME – notice that I canbe in and out of the grocery store QUICKLY whenI know what I want, and where to get it.Once I get home I cook all of my food in bulk forthe entire week. It only takes me about an hour!
Here are a few easy steps I use in my food prep:•I slice my sweet potatoes and lay them flat in alarge pan that I have coated with cooking spray•All chicken breasts are placed into a large panthat has been coated with cooking spray•Chicken Breasts and Sweet Potatoes are put intooven that has been set to Bake at 400 degrees. I letthem cook for 45 mins.
•Green Beans are placed into my steamer•Raw Spinach is washed and put into large freezerbags to lay flat in the refrigerator•Bell Peppers are sliced and put into easy-to-accessTupperware containers
While the chicken and sweet potatoes cook, thisallows me time to prep Spinach & Bell Peppers.If you wanted to take it a step further, you couldeven separate bulk oatmeal into serving sizebaggies.I choose to let the avocados ripen and use them asneeded.
After the chicken and sweet potatoes are done, youhave a couple of options:1.You can actually put individual meals together inzip lock bags or plastic ware. This way all you haveto do each morning is grab the meals you need forthe day, and be off.
2.If you are home through the day put food inlarge containers or freezer bags in the fridge andserve yourself for each meal.To see what I eat at each meal, how much, andwhen, visit my Blog Post: What I Do: Food,Supplements, & Habits!
The key is to keep it simple!When we have a TON of options we are paralyzed andfrozen by too many options.Once I narrowed down my options, I started seeing veryquick results.Because I no longer had to wonder about what I was goingto eat each day.It took out the variable of having the option to choosesomething that was going to keep me from my fitnessgoals.
If you eliminate options during the day of whatyou are going to eat then the temptation for a fastcheeseburger in the middle of the afternoonwon’t be there!I use many different kinds of spices to give meflavor variety from day to day: Cinnamon,Cayenne, Basil, Mrs. Dash, etcIt’s not a flashy plan, but it works!
I would love to hear your feedback as youadopt some of these strategies to fit into yourskinny jeans! Don’t forget, I’m in this thing WITH YOU! – Coach Jimmy
Jimmy Hays Nelson Beachbody Coach is a self-proclaimed ‘former fat guy’. In his mid 20’s he was anoverweight college dropout, who found himself living backat home with his parents. Knowing something had tochange, he took action.Through his transformation journey he lost 100 pounds,started his own business, was featured in the Shaun Tworkout series INSANITY, and has been seen multipletimes on QVC with his buddy Tony Horton promotingP90X.He founded NELSONGY FITNESS with his wifeKelly to reach out to give hope and support to those thatare dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether youare lacking physically, emotionally, financially, ornutritionally we are here to help you see REALRESULTS!http://nelsongy.com