For years, I’ve struggled with the process of healthy eating at home. I’ve hated the time it took to make anything more elaborate than a salad. The research it took to find a recipe with enough flavor, but not crazy ingredients, wasn’t always sustainable for me when I was on the road for work or cooking for one when the hubs worked late.
Recently, I figured out how to outsource my least favorite parts, and create some healthy structured behaviors, so now cooking is a lot more fun – and a lot less hassle.
- Automate everything you can. One way to do this is to subscribe to a local food delivery service. My favorite in Atlanta is Fresh Harvest. Your basket will always arrive on your notified delivery day (they’ll let you know once they have your info) between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Most convenient. Most fresh. Automated healthy eating. Self-sustaining farms from our great state of Georgia. During the summer, I also go to the farmer’s market on my street to buy produce to supplement my basket and shorten grocery store trips.
- Go to the same grocery store whenever possible, and make sure it’s one you LIKE – even if it’s not the closest. Enjoying the shopping experience is key to wanting to keep up this activity. I tend to just memorize the bulk of my list, but others swear by creating a list that mimics the way you walk through the aisles, this way, you can get in and get out quickly.
- Pick your shopping day – bonus points if it’s an off time. I love going to the grocery store after 8PM. It’s practically empty and many times they are restocking – so you get the freshest picks! As a rule, you’ll have the best chance of getting empty stores early in the morning or late in the evening.
- Don’t punish yourself if it doesn’t go well. Have a disaster recovery plan. Don’t feel like cooking after a long day? Tried a new recipe and it was tasteless garbage? Plans chance and you’re caught on your heels? Don’t sweat it! Have meals at the ready that are easy and fast to cook in case things go wrong, and embrace the fails that may come along the way!
Thanks to our friends at Fresh Harvest for hooking us up with a free trail! We’ve been customers for awhile, but you can’t beat a free basket! All opinions, and healthy habits, are our own.