“Someday is not a day of the week.” (Denise Brennan-Nelson)
On Sunday I am going to do the washing. On Monday I will go to the gym. By Tuesday I will start with a healthy habit… We’ve all heard that someday never comes, but it’s just too effortless to push things back to that very vague “someday”. It’s a way of rationalizing that you might do something, or might get something one day, just not today. But the reality is that it’s probably not going to happen. You just can’t bear the thought of it not happening. It’s hard to monitor yourself for this type of thinking. But you’ll want to do your best to eradicate it from your mind. If it’s really important to you, set a deadline for it or you probably won’t ever end up getting it done. My simple, but effective, advice:
All these “New Year resolutions”, “Monthly challenges” or “start the week right” saying don’t work unless you keep doing them regularly. Today is Tuesday and let’s start a new habit just now. Why not? Don’t say “because it’s Tuesday and I have missed the start of the week.” Your body doesn’t care about the day of the week, only your mind does.
Here is what I have started changing in my daily life: I am starting EVERY day (no matter what day of the week it is) with a healthy and quite breakfast on my balcony. Without my phone, without my computer. Just me and my food. These days it’s usually a delicious smoothie bowl, granola with almond milk, banana bread with nut butter, or a simple avo on bread. It makes me look forward to every day, before I head off to work and get confronted with the daily hassle, which is called life.
Here are 3 tips about how to skip FAST food & prepare GOOD food as fast as you can.
1. Prep your snacks.
Have your kitchen stocked with something of every craving.
You know that feeling when you crave something sweet after a meal and you know that the kiosk downstairs is still open? It is so tempting to just go down and get a bar of chocolate. Try to have some alternatives somewhere on hand, e.g. some granola, dates, energy balls or salted nuts when you are craving something savory. There are so many quick and simple recepies out there, so I will not spam you here. (As I am usually very lazy, I have a banana with almond butter or some granola.)
2. Prep on the weekend for seamless weeknight meals.
Sure, a delivery pizza is always a comfortable and quick option, but there are healthier alternatives for us lazy people out there. Buddha bowls, for example, are simple enough to put together. You think, all that chopping, cooking, and mixing can take serious time? Spare yourself the colorful, instagramable bowl agony by loading up on starches and veggies, chopping them all and storing them in the Fridge. Pre-cook some protein and grains (I love brown rice and quinoa), and make a large portion of dressing to use all week. Simply use some grains, potatoes (or whatever you cooked on the weekend), chop some veggies, sauté some protein (I use tempe or tofu), add some (canned) beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. toss with some dressing, and viola! Assembling will take five minutes tops.
3. Turn to soups and stews.
For those among us who think that is still too much work (and btw. not every weekend will offer the time to pre-cook the Buddha bowl ingredients), here are some alternatives. Besides being one of the healthiest comfort foods out there, soups are a great way to save time and money. Make a large batch at the beginning of the week (or some other time). Freeze leftovers in single-serving Tupperware, and thaw as needed. And don’t worry about getting bored—healthy soup and stew ideas are endless (and usually taste even better after re-heating them)!
You see, it is really not that hard! The most difficult thing is to get started. But remember that “someday” is not a day of the week. It can be a Monday, Tuesday, or whatever other day of the week. It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you start at all!
Thank you for reading.