Finding the time to workout, eat right, sleep the eight hours you are supposed to have, meditate, spend time with friends and family, clean the house, and still do all the other things you have to do is OUTRAGEOUS! The excuse I hear the most when it comes to a person’s diet is, “I don’t have time.” Well, look at the list above. You’re right we don’t have time.
However, I encourage you to stop feeling guilty when you don’t get everything done, and realize that you are important enough to have good food. Not just good tasting food, but foods that nourish you mentally, physically, and spiritually. All it takes is one small step at a time.
Need some motivation?
Tonight, think about a few things as you sit down for dinner:
- 69.2% of U.S. adults are overweight. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf#063
- 50.1 Million Americans struggle to put food on the table –http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-hunger-us
- There are over 2,000 food-permitted preservatives allowed in our foods! Some are the same flame retardants they use in industrial settings!
What can you do?
- Buy and eat local foods when you can. This helps support the farming industry in your community and the less your food has traveled, the less likely it is to be treated with pesticides.
- Look for the USDA Certified Organic logo on your produce. This is a certification that allows the consumer to know that the produce does not have pesticides.
- Remember it will cost less for you to make dinner at home than to go to a drive-thru. This is a great article that does some comparison-shopping and demonstrates through people.
And finally, breathe. You can do this. Let go of the guilt and just start small. Make one change to your family dinner this week. Eat one meal that is all vegetarian. Go to the Farmer’s Market as a nice date night, family outing, or just a time to explore. It takes time to change, so don’t stress.