Once upon a time.... Food was food, a restaurant meal was off the menu, you grew your veggies in your backyard, you milked the family cow for fresh milk in the morning, and packaged food was almost unheard of. These days most of us don't even have a backyard, let alone space to grow anything, food allergies and the need for changes to restaurant menus are so common that they use specific Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan symbols, milk can be stored in a box in the cupboard for years and veggies come from a packed in the freezer.
My how things have changed from when our grandparents and their parents were kids. Some for the good, some, well... not so good! But this is the world we live in and it's time to embrace the change. We simply need to find balance between living in our modern world, and keeping in line with our traditional ways of eating simple, healthy, raw and unprocessed food.
We all have busy lifestyles with work and family commitments. It can be hard to find the time to prepare the good, healthy meals we would all love to eat. It can be hard to find the time, energy and motivation to exercise as much as we know we need to. So how do you find a balance?! Can you really have it all?!
We have compiled our top 5 tips on how to embrace the changes in life and continue to find the time and energy to prepare good, healthy meals for you and your family. Be inspired and motivated to get your health on track this year and make 2015 the year of change!
Our top 5 tips for how to eat health in our modern world:
1: Get Organised
Easier said than done for sure! But if you take the time, be it 10 mins or half an hour, to get your head around the week ahead and organise a few things, you'll more than make up for that time by being far more efficient for the rest of the week.
2: Plan your meals
Kind of covered under getting organised, but this can take a little extra time. Get your family involved in coming up with ideas of what meals to eat in the week, make a meals roster if you have to and everyone can get involved in having a turn to help prepare and cook a meal of their choice. Sometimes deciding what to eat is harder than actually cooking the meal so get organised early in the week so you have time to plan and shop.
3: Make the most of your weekend
Get your shopping list and get on down to your local farmers market. You'll get fresh fruit and veg that will last for weeks at a price that you can easily afford. Take a few minutes over the weekend to peel, chop, and divide up your groceries so you know what the kids can take for school lunches, what is allocated for which meal and what's in the fridge for afternoon tea and snacks. You may have to get a little OCD with it and pull out a marker or the label maker, but you'll find it so much easier to keep up with, and then you'll have no wasted food by the end of the week, which means no wasted money either.
4: Take a night off every now and again
Sometimes you just can't be bothered! It's been a busy week at work, the house is a mess and you just can't be bothered cooking tonight. It's ok to have a night off every now and again. But do it in the right way... don't settle for take out! Treat yourself! You've been working hard and you deserve to enjoy a nice meal out somewhere, something that's just as good for you as a healthy home cooked meal but a little more fancy, and you don't have to cook or do the dishes! You'll enjoy it so much more than a junk food TV dinner and you'll feel so much more refreshed for simply taking some time out for yourself and enjoying a quiet meal out or a nice evening with your loved ones.
5: Keep your motivation close by for inspiration
It's hard to say no to a food craving or something more convenient when you're having a bad day. Sometimes a simple reminder of why you're not going to settle for the easy or more convenient option can get you through. Maybe it's because you've found an old photo of you in your glory days and you want to get back to that level of health or energy. Pop the photo on the fridge or pantry door so it's the first thing you seed when you go to grab a bite to eat. Maybe you're trying to lose some weight... why not make a chart and track your progress so you can see how far you've come and where you're headed so you don't fall off the wagon. An inspirational quote written in lipstick on the bathroom mirror to motivate you to keep at it no matter what! Whatever your reason for change, whatever your motivation, keep a few simple reminders around the house, in your wallet or handbag to make you smile when things get tough. It is far easier to be prepared for bad days before they arrive than to try and deal with them when they eventually do.
Make some positive changes in your world today and keep at it! Your future self will thank you for it!!!