Too busy to cook at 100 miles per hour?
I believe in synchronicity, it always shows me what’s next. Earlier today I was listening to the founder of the Omega Institute speak about the “poverty of time” that we are all experiencing. Too busy to cook, too busy to sit and eat, too busy to sleep, too engaged, exhausted, but too tired to sleep. It’s not a great photo. Then, about an hour later, I was talking to Elissa, at Fresh Picks, an organic delivery service in Chicago, and she told me that some of the biggest problems people have when buying products is that they end up throwing them away, “so what? why buy, “then it seems to me that thought leads to … fast food to the rescue!
I like this concept of “time poverty”, it speaks of a greater concern. Wikipedia says; Poverty is general scarcity or scarcity, or the state of someone who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. And when it comes to time, we are convinced that we do not have enough, there is a shortage, a limited supply and everything we do takes away our limited supply. Leaving most of us feeling, drained, frustrated, exhausted, convinced that it has to be this way. If most of the people we meet live like us, what we are doing may seem normal.
But what if we could start to slow down, what if we could create, savor, enjoy? How about you take a break? How would your day change?
I remember about 12 years ago, I was running a study, seeing clients, taking care of my house, my animal, and my meals looked like healthy fast food; rice cakes and bars, and actually thought it was good! Okay, it wasn’t a snickers bar, or McD’s, but it wasn’t nourishing my body and it was an example of how much I didn’t think much about the foods I needed, the time I needed, or the options I needed. they were available to me. Definitely in “make it ready” mode, without listening or giving me, or my body, a pause or the space I needed. My way of eating perpetuated my hurried way of life.
When I work with clients, many have never cooked for themselves, many not in years, or inconsistently, or are confused about all the options that exist, are busy and do not have time to figure it out. This is the unraveling we do together. What and how we eat affects every part of our body, our food, our cells, our blood, tissues, our organs, thoughts … It does matter.
So I invite you to look at a meal and see what you need to make a healthier decision, what could you do for lunch that you are not currently doing? Is there a simple meal you can make that you would like to be a healthy option that wouldn’t take long if you planned ahead? What if you had something prepared a day ago that could be taken out of the refrigerator and brought for lunch, or a leftover that could be turned into breakfast? How different would you feel about yourself? I challenge you to eat one meal a day this week and give it a try. Let me know what you decided.
If you want to take your food health to the next level, let’s talk. You deserve to give yourself nutritious food for your body and nutritious experiences for everyone to enjoy, this is not a race here :). For your health, happiness and prosperity …