I did something yesterday that I sincerely hope I remember to never do again – I bought a fully processed and synthetic lunch because I had failed to prepare my own. What seemed like a good idea at the time came back to haunt me a few hours later when every part of my body screamed in disgust.
Recently I have been very smart about my food choices. With only the occasional “treat”, I have been preparing all of my own meals so I know exactly what my body is ingesting and I have really enjoyed cooking again and experimenting in the kitchen. The only processed items that have passed my lips are the ones that I have processed myself so I know what kind of food is in my food. My body made it abundantly clear today that it will no longer put up with my bad choices and laziness when it comes to preparing my own meals.
It is simple to adhere to a proper diet when you take a few moments to prepare in advance. I love when I have a full day in the kitchen and am able to think ahead about what I want to use to fuel my body for the coming week. I make all of my own soups and freeze them so I am not overwhelmed by the hidden sodium and preservatives in canned soups. I make ‘Salad-in-a-Jar’ for each day of the week and sometimes even prepare sectioned grapefruit or ‘Refrigerator Oatmeal’ for breakfasts. It takes the guess-work and stress out of having to prepare meals each morning for the work day ahead and it can prevent those bad choices when you are hungry and pressed for time.
Salad in a jar was an amazing discovery for me. I bought a case of Mason Jars and made a week’s worth of salads for lunch. Each day I opened a jar onto a plate, the lettuce was still crisp and it was a quick way to have a healthy lunch. For those of you who may have heard of these but never tried them, I urge you to buy some jars and spend and hour on the weekend making your lunches for a week. Knowing those go-to lunches are always there during your work week will alleviate the stress of wondering what you will eat at the office and you can add any ingredients you like to your salad.
I listened to my body today and got the message loud and clear. I’m not 25 anymore. I can’t just eat what is available and go about my day without ever giving it a second thought.
Your body’s voice is the most important voice you will ever hear and you should heed its advice. It will be more honest with you than any of your friends or your family and only has its best interest at heart.