A few years ago, I wanted to be a chef. When I launched my personal branding firm, The Branding Muse, I spent a lot of evenings after work cranking out blog posts and watching Chopped on Food Network. The more that I watched the channel, the more obsessed I became with food, hospitality and catering to people. Making someone a meal from the heart is one of the best ways to show love, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the busier I got, the less I cooked and ate. I'm already skinny, so skipping meals was the last thing I needed to be doing, but I just couldn't find the time. Over the years, I have learned some lessons, recipes and hacks to make sure I eat good and dedicate time to something that I love.
@@ "I don't have time" isn't a good excuse. Here are 3 rules to help you stop skipping meals. @@
1. Understand what happens when you skip a meal.
Being too busy to eat has become some sort of accomplishment. "I was so swamped today. I didn't even have lunch." Good for you, boo. You saved a whole 30 minutes and incurred a day's worth of headaches, literally. Skipping a meal is what causes you to feel exhausted at 3PM because your blood sugar levels are low, and it's what's keeping you from your summer body because your metabolism slows down. You get moody, you're less productive, you can't focus, and you might even start to get a headache. Being hangry is very very real, y'all. If you skip dinner, same rules apply. Once you understand that pushing yourself to keep working is actually detrimental to your mental and physical health, you will be more diligent about eating well. Having a good lunch and phenomenal dinner is going to be exactly what you need to work through late nights, hit deadlines and not want to kill your coworkers, boyfriend, roommates or clients. Trust me, you're better when you eat.
2. Find the shortcuts: Microwaveable Meal Cups and Crock Pots
Clearly this isn't a health or fitness blog, so I'm going to get right to the solutions- the realistic ones. I'm not here to give you healthy recipes or any of that foolery, but I will tell you how to make it work quick, fast and in a hurry. You need to find the shortcuts that work for you. They might be meal prepping, getting your Uber Eats game strong, ordering groceries online, purchasing frozen pre-cut fruits and vegetables or mastering 30 minute recipes. My system includes a little bit of each.
When you're short on time, the microwave is your right hand man. Whether you want something fresh and hot for lunch or something quick for dinner, microwavable mug recipes are the easiest solutions. I despise leftovers, so this is a great way to have a "home-made" lunch that isn't old. You simply pop your ingredients into a large microwaveable mug or dish like this one, and you'll have a meal in a few minutes. I created a Pinterest board for the busy and the lazy with my favorite microwavable mug and crockpot recipes that are good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Trust me, you will be like "Stove? Where?" (I am considering putting together a post just on recipes. Tweet me or let me know in the comments if you would be interested in that.)
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3. Automate the process.
Just like you can automate processes in business and batch process, you can also automate your life. A lot of times, I don't eat because I'm too lazy or don't have the right ingredients. A good chunk of the time, I also have no idea what to make. Cue frozen fruit, vegetables and Hello Fresh. When I'm running late in the morning, I make a smoothie in the Nutribullet with frozen fruit. No need to cut, wash or rush to eat fresh ingredients, just snatch them out of the freezer and drop them in with some almond milk. (Dairy is bad for you people. Steer clear of cow's milk.) To save even more time, I prepare the cup with the frozen fruit and my protein powder the night before. In the morning just add milk/water/juice and blend.
Not interested in going to the supermarket and having to think about what to make? Consider a food delivery service like Amazon Prime Now or Hello Fresh. While I was skeptical about it at first, these were a game-changer. With HelloFresh, I didn't need to think about what I was going to make for dinner, have to go to Walmart and buy random ingredients, and all the recipes are made in 30 minutes. While yes, you spend a little more that you would if you just purchased the groceries yourself, the automated delivery saves you so much time and effort. You can make dinner on autopilot.
Amazon Prime Now is a life saver. I'm already obsessed with Amazon Prime, but the fact that you can now order groceries and have them delivered in 2 hours is mind-blowing. I will give you the perfect scenario. It's Sunday, you just finished your morning self-care routine and you have a roller set in, or are about to sit down to crank out some work. You decide that you want to make steak for dinner. Rather than interrupt your day and head the the grocery store because you don't have garlic and ran out of potatoes. You can order it online and have it delivered when it's most convenient for you. Just this morning, I noticed I was out of milk. Guess who isn't going to Walmart for that? Me. It should be here by the time I'm done editing this post.
We use technology for business, why don't we use it for our daily lives? We find hacks to be more productive at work, but don't see how we can optimize our time at home. I don't look at my personal and professional life as two different things. I have one life with different demands and work to the best of my ability to make it run as smoothly as possible. Hope that's the same for you.
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