QUICK FIXES THAT WORK!

The alarm goes off.  My rush hour begins!  I am NOT a morning person, so I am always looking for ways to save time.  I still have some work to do when it comes to starting my day off right (perhaps I should stop hitting the snooze button), but I have figured out how to eat healthy food no matter how rushed I am.  I’m not talking about boring, tasteless food.  I’m talking about the kind of food that makes people say, “What is that?  It looks SOOO GOOD!”  Seriously, my co-workers have food envy at lunch.

What’s my trick?  Cook a lot of food at one time… I mean a LOT!  Pick one day (mine is usually Sunday) and spend a few hours preparing food.  You can freeze most cooked meats (except for fish),  pasta, sauces, soups, fresh veggies and fruits, and on and on….

“QUICK FIX” TIPS:

  • Use a crock pot when possible (grilling, baking, broiling are all fine)
  • Cook pounds of meat at a time (think AT LEAST 4 packs of chicken breasts)
  • Keep a variety of frozen veggies on hand at all times (buy in bulk)
  • Cut up fresh veggies immediately and store in fridge in small containers
  • Chop salad greens immediately and store in airtight container in crisper
  • Make sauces and marinades in double batches and freeze leftovers
  • Pack meals and snacks for the day the night before

If you take just one day to prepare food, your life will be easier.  You don’t have to plan specific meals.  Just have a variety of healthy foods ready to go.  You can come home from work and quickly defrost a piece of cooked chicken and throw on a salad or microwave some frozen veggies.  You can also cook a sweet potato in the microwave in minutes or how about those 90 second brown rice packs?  You have a well-balanced meal for one or for a family within 10 minutes!  It can take longer than that to sit in a drive-thru for mystery meat and soggy fries!

What are your favorite time-saving strategies?  I’d love to hear from you!  Questions and comments are welcomed:)

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ARE YOU READY FOR A CHANGE?

It’s the end of January and we’ve already experienced one of the most uncomfortable winters, with bone-chilling temperatures and piles of snow.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m ready for a change in the weather!  I’m ready for sunny skies, warm temperatures, and daylight until 9 pm; and I’m ready for it NOW!  That being said, I’m not really here to complain about the weather.  I want to focus on the idea of CHANGE.

Change is a theme that keeps popping up.  Our President ran on a platform of change.  Our legislators are struggling to decide what that change should look like, from health care reform to stimulating the economy.   A recent report stated that an astounding 84% of American’s would be seeking job changes this year.  And let’s not forget those New Year’s Resolutions 40-50% of us made just 4 weeks ago.  Despite all the talk of change, many are not seeing the desired results.  Healthcare reform has not been conquered; people are feeling stuck in un-fulfilling jobs; and unfortunately, less than half of those January 1 resolutions will come to fruition.

Why is that?  Why is change seemingly so difficult?  After all, change is constant so you’d think we’d have the hang of it by now!

In my own life, there are two main barriers that at different times have paralyzed my ability to make a change:  lack of desire and fear.  Sometimes I just simply wasn’t ready to make a necessary change.  When I would finally get around to it, I usually wondered what took me so long!  Now fear, that’s a whole different story.  My readiness to take action has been halted a number of times by fear. Even if I knew the change would be good for me, I was afraid of the unknown, failure, and being forced outside my comfort zone.

Readiness to change and a willingness to overcome fear are necessary for LASTING CHANGE to occur.  I’ve learned that it’s ok if I’m not ready to tackle my whole “Things I Need to Change” list right now.  I simply have to find one change that I am READY to make, and commit to the steps I need to take.  I’ve also learned that change is going to be uncomfortable sometimes. It can be really difficult and it might take longer than I’d like (did I mention that I’m a fan of instant gratification?).  Seriously though, change is a process.  I’ve discovered that when I can embrace the process and really dig in and get dirty I can accomplish great things!

Right now, as I prepare to share my very first blog and introduce Lisa English-Wellness Coach to the blogosphere, I am embracing the process of change and all the lessons that come with it.  I’m reaching out, taking a risk, and silencing my fears.  I’m finally doing what I’ve been dreaming about for years.  While this is just one step on my journey, it is a step!  I may have to wait for sunny skies and warm weather, but I can do one thing each day to move me closer to where I want to be in my life.

For those of you who are contemplating making a change, what are you waiting for?

“Our only security is our ability to change.”  ~John Lilly