Wednesday, January 05, 2011
In this day of instant gratification sometimes I get impatient with how long "healthy" takes. For example it took me a combined 30 minutes to get my food ready for to go to work today.
Right now I am a WOHM and time is precious. It would have been so much easier to throw a "Lean Cuisine", a 100 calorie snack pack, a commercial bottle of water and packaged fruit in my lunch bag. I would meet my daily requirements (except possibly sodium) and have stayed in calorie range. I would be able to throw away the packaging and at the end of the day and go home hands free with noting to clean up or wash. Or even better I could have packed nothing and just grabbed something from the cafeteria (and be out over $12 just for lunch, never mind snacks!).
But I didn't. I cooked an extra piece of salmon and made extra couscous last night. I peeled some carrots and washed some spinach. This AM I packed up a small container of hummus I had made over the weekend and added a small bag of carrots. I made my own heat/eat container of couscous layered with spinach and salmon. I added some washed grapes, a whole grapefruit and a handful of raw almonds I had bought in bulk. Finished it off with my own silverware and cloth napkin. Made sure my reusable water bottle was ready to go.
Time. Precious time. Didnít we all used to have time to nourish our bodies and our minds. My goal this year is to be mindful of my footprint on this earth. To be mindful of what I show my son is important. To be mindful that getting healthy and fit is not a fast process and neither should the food I eat. Do shortcuts and quick fixes (and the occasional Chipotle burrito) have a place in my life? Yes, but they need to be the exception not the rule.