No Time to Eat Right?

by Anne Bennett on July 20, 2010

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”– Jackson Brown Jr.

Rush Hour, London Underground

Most likely the number-one excuse of people who don’t eat healthfully is that they don’t have enough time. They work long hours; they have a long commute; they have to drive the kids to a myriad of activities(the ones we didn’t participate in when we were kids). They simply do not have the time or energy to shop for real food, let alone take it home and cook it.

My answer to that is the above quote, from the author of “Life’s Little Instruction Book”. It’s another version of the “no whining” theme I’ve been advancing lately.

Here’s what I think: when we really want something, we make time for it no matter what. You want to watch the latest episodes of “American Idol” or “Desperate Housewives”? My guess is that you’ll find the time to plop your butt down on the couch (with some buttered popcorn) for an hour to watch them.

If you really want to eat healthfully, you’ll find the time to stop at the store for some chicken and veggies, and you’ll even learn a few quick, delicious, go-to recipes to make with them. Or you’ll make PB & J sandwiches for the kids instead of taking them through the artery-clogging (yes, even for children) drive-thru.

Tough love hurts at first, until you figure out what’s behind it (hint: second word in the phrase).

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Lin July 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I’ve had a great time returning to cooking these last several months and much of it is due to Hungry Poodle and your encouragement. Tonight it’s leftover paella. I tried a new chicken pasta salad recipe that is light and refreshing and 8 points and will be dinner tomorrow after work; a little planning ahead. Add some fresh green beans for a side and a small glass of wine and we’re set. Now, if Biggest Loser were only on….:-)

Taunya July 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I am a new found outdoor griller! Growing up, I was always the “indoor” chef (salad and dessert maker), but as my husband works late, I had to learn to grill. I can’t wait to try the Buffalo Drumsticks. I’m from Buffalo and a Penzey’s just opened there.
There was no picture of the finished recipe. Please post one!.
Now all I have to do is wait for the rain to stop.

Rachel (Dean of Delicioiusness) July 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Amen!

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