This was on a t-shirt at fitbomb.com and I love it. Though we eat more plants than animals, this pretty much lays it out for you. You all know what you should eat. It’s so easy, yet everyone has a million excuses about why (insert normal bad food choice here) ended up in their mouth. No amount of excuses, no matter how well justified, can make up for the fact that you are killing yourself with these poor choices in nutrition.
You have kids so you eat like crap…nope, not good enough. If you have kids you should strive to make even better choices to teach them better nutrition! Can you honestly feel good about feeding your child a chicken nugget, a pb&j, or a meal that has no vegetables? The meals you give your kids now, will be the meals that they grow up believing are good choices. If you have children, you should try even harder to lead by example, and make sure that good food choices are easilly available in your home.
I know, your hours are long. You get up early or get home late. There’s this thing called being prepared, let me tell you about it. Sometimes, when I’m cooking, I will make WAY more food than we can eat in a day. Then I put it in a tupperware and it sits in the fridge so that when I need breakfast at 5 am, it’s there or when I get home late and am too tired to cook, there is an easy and healthy option. The best part, is that when Brian comes home and heats up his dinner at 4 in the morning, it won’t wake me up (for some reason, I can sleep through the microwave but not the racket of getting pots and pans out of the cupboard…). Preparing extra food doesn’t mean you have to eat the same meal for 3 days in a row. If I make chicken and steamed vegetables one night, I can saute the chicken with spinach and mushrooms for lunch (which takes about 2 mins), and use the extra veggies in a crustless quiche for breakfast. Plan ahead and eating right is easy!
This next excuse is my favorite, someone actually threw this out as a valid reason to put crap in their body, “I have to go out to eat with the bosses and my clients”. Apparently, going out to eat means you HAVE to eat crap and alot of it. I realize that in some businesses you ‘wine and dine’, but it’s not ‘wine and eat like a fat pig’. Who really needs 2 appetizers, 16 oz of meat, a baked potatoe the size of your head, chocolate cake, and 3-4 cocktails (unless you’re me eating a cheat meal)? Order your 4-6 oz of meat, substitute veggies for your sides, and order a drink (or two) that you LOVE and savor it. See, look that was easy! Maybe your client or boss will think, now there’s a guy/gal who can make a good decision, even when it’s a tough one.
My point is, stop allowing yourself to get by with excuses. Call yourself out and be accountable. No matter what reason you have, it does not make up for the bad decision to put poor nutrition in your body. If you find yourself justifying your food choice, it was not a good food choice. You never have to justify that apple or your grilled chicken and veggie lunch. Eat animals and plants, it’s not that hard, people