Convenience Is King

Eating Healthy Without Sacrificing Convenience

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The Norm

After a long day of work and dealing with constant stress, why do we end up going to a drive through to get burgers for dinner instead of going home to eat a well-deserved healthy meal?

The burger might make you feel horrible the next day, or even upset your stomach the same day, whereas the healthy meal will refuel your body and make you feel awesome.

Even the time it takes to get to the drive through, order, wait in line, then finally drive back home to eat can delay eating more than just going straight home, preparing food, and eating.

It can also be more expensive than eating healthy.

If so, then why do we instinctively go for the burger?

Because convenience is king.

If food isn’t ready to eat, with minimal effort, when hunger strikes, most people opt for buying ready-made food, no matter the quality.

If that sounds like you, don’t sweat it, it can happen to anyone.

But good news for you: it’s not your fault.

We are wired to always being on the go, leaving no time to cook a healthy meal that takes more than a few minutes to prepare.

If something isn’t convenient and takes time away from work, family, relationships, etc., we won’t do it.

If it involves too much sacrifice or effort, something inconvenient doesn’t stand a chance.

Luckily, there are convenient AND healthy food choices out there, if you know what they are and how to use them.

The Smarter Solution

Imagine a plot of health vs. convenience like the one pictured below.

Health versus Convenience Plot

Some traditional sample points on this plot could be:

Low health, high convenience – a burger from a drive through

Medium health, medium convenience – taking time to eat at a healthy restaurant

High health, low convenience – a nutritionally well-balanced, home cooked meal using fresh ingredients

But where would you rank combinations of these?

Rotisserie chicken and other store-bought already-cooked meats, deli meats, nuts and nut butters, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables, canned beans, instant rice…

Thin-cut meats cooked on a skillet, Foreman, grill, etc., fish seasoned and throw in an oven, eggs, oatmeal microwaved and seasoned with natural sweeteners like agave nectar or honey, potatoes wrapped in a damp paper towel and microwaved, rice cooked in bulk, pasta boiled in bulk while cooking meat sauce at the same time…

All these foods are greatly more healthy than usual typical go-to convenient foods and can be made with little to no preparation.

From store-bought cooked meat to pan-frying thin-cut meat for a few minutes, healthy foods can be convenient also.

The key is to make choices that are at a convenience level you can manage, while pushing your health to the max!

Your Challenge

Don’t waste your effort trying to do something that doesn’t conveniently fit into your lifestyle; just find healthy ways that do!

Your challenge is to keep convenience in mind and push your overall food choices to a higher level of health.

Use methods like cooking in bulk, preparing meals in advance, and packing food to-go to make eating healthy even more convenient and easy to do!

Even small changes and jumps on the health scale make a big difference, so choose convenient health today!

P.S. If you want help implementing both convenient and healthy nutrition through techniques that work for your specific lifestyle, contact us and to get started!

  • Allen

    Very well articulated choices regarding eating healthy vs. convenience. I wish most people did that. I would recommend your article to my family members.

    • Thank you for your kind feedback, Allen.

      It all starts with one person taking advantage of balancing eating healthy vs. convenience, so be sure to implement it in your life!

      Keep the team posted as you make progress and feel free to reach out if you run into any barriers.

      To Health and Happiness,

      Ankur

  • Sara

    Convenient and healthy food would make life easier. We just have to plan at least few day’s menu ready in advance and have the grocery shopping done.

    • Exactly! You are on the right track, Sara!

      Keep thinking of ways to implement these techniques into your life. Even having combinations of foods that can be used together, mixing and matching, can even expand your pre-planned menu and keep you enjoying awesome meals while still staying healthy!

      Keep it up Sara!

      Health and Happiness,

      Ankur

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    • I am happy to hear that this article peaked your interest!

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  • Anonymous

    The length of your post was perfect.

    • Glad you thought so and enjoyed the post!

      Health and Happiness,

      Ankur

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