Happy Monday everyone. I do a great many seminars and I love every minute of it. I especially enjoyed myself on Saturday morning. What a great group of men and a jovial bunch too. I wanted to share the one question that many of them had for me. The resounding question always is, “What do I do to prevent myself from stopping and grabbing something unhealthy? I have very little time and a very busy schedule.” I get this question a lot. I certainly appreciate the question and since I have the same issues with a busy schedule I really do relate. My answer is always the same: “It does take a little bit of work. Certainly not an enormous amount of work, just a little bit of work.”
A little planning, a little preparation and a few hours on the weekend. If your health is important enough to you, you will make the effort I am sure. That being said, I promised this great group of men on Saturday morning that I would follow-up with some pointers for them and anyone else who might need it. Here are quick and easy solutions to breakfast and lunch during the week. Most of these ideas you will have to take care of on the weekend but they are fast and easy, I guarantee it.
- Make a dozen hard-boiled eggs and keep them in the refrigerator, combine these with fruit for a great breakfast or lunch.
- Make sure you have avocados, tomatoes and bean sprouts in the refrigerator to make yourself a quick sandwich before leaving in the morning.
- Keep a basket or a large travel container with organic peanut butter, organic almond butter, bread, honey, fruit, raw nuts and your own home-made trail mix.
- Make a large pot of steel-cut oatmeal and keep it in the refrigerator all week (I have advised a great many people to do this and it has sure saved them time in the morning).
- What I like to do for myself personally is saute kale, collard greens, Swiss chard and dandelion greens with extra virgin olive oil and garlic (I keep a large container of these greens in the refrigerator throughout the week).
- I make a large pot of beans and keep them in a container in the refrigerator.
- I saute or grill chicken breasts. I make enough to keep in the refrigerator so that anyone can make themselves a sandwich on the go.
- Roast five sweet potatoes in the oven, after they cool wrap them in plastic, grab one on your way out the door. This my friends is the perfect lunch. If you have not eaten a sweet potato for lunch, you have no idea what you are missing. Your energy level will be amazing.
If you are absolutely stuck and have found yourself with nothing to eat in your bag of tricks or should I say in your office or car, here are some solutions:
- Run into the supermarket, purchase a piece of grilled chicken and a couple of pieces of fruit.
- No time to run into the supermarket? Run into a sandwich shop, deli or any place of the like; order an egg salad sandwich, a grilled chicken sandwich or a vegetarian sandwich.
- You’re a vegan you say? Run into the supermarket and purchase some raw nuts and fruit. Stop at a shop and order a grilled vegetable wrap.
- There are some quick fixes for breakfast and lunch that are convenient. You can stop and grab a smoothie (just make sure it’s all natural) or a juice. There are so many places juicing these days, it should not be hard to find one.
- Here is a sure fix, in your bag of tricks, purse, brief case or lunch bag; find a way to carry with you good quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This will enable you to stop anywhere for a salad. With your own oil and vinegar on hand you have just removed the unnecessary fat, calories and chemicals.
I have a great many more ideas but I try very hard not to make my blogs too lengthy so I shall save them for another day. To the wonderful group of men that I met Saturday, thank you for your interest and great questions and I certainly hope this blog helps make your lives a little bit easier and anyone else who might be reading it today. Remember health is like our faith, it is not easy but it sure is glorious when we put a little effort into it.