Easy Time-Savers to Keep Your Healthy Diet on Track!
I’m sitting on my couch right now, and I could not be happier to be anywhere else in the whole world right now. I had one of the busiest weeks of my life last week. And now, I’d like to talk about Easy Time-Savers to Keep Your Healthy Diet on Track!
Besides working completely full-time for my clients, I had to “fit in” several national print magazine interviews and taping a few segments for EXTRA. But the big twist in the week was a dinner I made for 14 wonderful, creative and inspirational people! As fun as it was, I had to make all the food myself, starting to sprout and prepare early in the week. It really was, well, a lot of work!!
In the midst of the craziness, I still insist on taking care of myself and eating the right nutritious foods to support my body and keep me on top of my game. But what to do when I have so very precious little itty bitty time?
So here are some of my time-saving measures that I wanted to share with you, that help keep me sane and healthy during the especially crazy times:
1. I wash, dry, destem and tear up the curly or lacinato kale for my kale salads, and store in reusable containers.
Kale salads make me feel really strong and full of vitality and I eat them very often. But when I get home exhausted, I don’t always want to take the time to go through all the necessary steps to prepare the kale for salads. I try to load up the prepared kale on Sunday and maybe mid-way through the week, so I have that happy experience of seeing already ready kale sitting there for me when I open up the fridge!
2. I chop up a salad vegetable mix separate to the kale.
I keep them separate, as it stays fresher that way and prevents excessive moisture, and therefore sogginess and moldiness. When I make my salads, I just throw in kale from the first container, then reach my hand in this container and throw a couple of handfuls in. I include whatever veggies I’m in the mood for. Lately it has been purple cabbage, carrots, red peppers, celery and radishes. I really can’t be bothered with washing and chopping for even 10 minutes when I’ve been making food all day for clients and racing around like a banshee! It is so simple but it really is a life-saver, and it ensures my salads are colorful with a wide variety of antioxidant and mineral-rich plant foods. I don’t pre-cup up avocado as it would oxidize and get brown and ugly. :)
I give it a good stir the next morning and I’m good to go. I know what it is like to not have time to make it every single morning! Enzymes hold up pretty well in the cold so you don’t have to worry you are losing nutrition by freezing your smoothies.
4. I make very detailed shopping lists. Grouped into sections of the grocery store: produce (the vast majority), spices, liquid condiments (nama shoyu, etc.), almond milk, etc.
I can get in and out of the market in record time now, because I systematically work every aisle row by row- instead of circling back and forth and forgetting things in certain sections, and have to go back! This is key because I’m in there grabbing at least a few things for my clients just about every day. If you know you can be in and out of there in only a few minutes, it may also keep you from dreading going as much, so you actually do go more often and consistently have good food on hand!
5. I never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink!
Well never say never… but I try! :) Not only is it bad Feng Shui, but I feel that the energy of being set back a step leaches into the next morning and day and just your dietary schedule off on the wrong foot. I don’t have a dishwasher in either of my LA and NY apartments, so maybe for those of you that are lucky enough to have one, this doesn’t apply to you…but in general the kitchen should be perfectly tidy every evening so the next day is off to a great, ambitious start to make a lot of your own food and make good choices!
This upcoming week will be busy, but thankfully not quite as crazy as last week. :) I’ll be shopping, and pre-chopping up ‘ma greens tomorrow night! Hope you are taking care!