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I’ve had some great questions this week from busy people about eating on the run. (really, who’s not busy??) I relate to this. Work, kids, driving, that’s Real Life, right? This is an area of stress and anxiety that Big Food has (successfully) spent a lot of time and money on. Some of the messages: ” If it looks real, it’s good for you.” and “A fast food meal or two during this busy time can be incredibly time saving and helpful. No harm done and your kids will LOVE you for this! “. It’s an incredibly effective strategy because the message LET’S YOU OFF THE HOOK FOR COOKING. This has made us sick and fat, and created a generation of kids who take more medications than anyone could have ever imagined.
So how do we manage to eat Real Whole Food when we’ve got work/kids/clubs/appointments/traffic/pets/etc? We Plan Plan Plan Plan, and then Plan; stick to the plan, and make the smartest choices possible when we HAVE to eat on the run. Here’s some solutions, but first, please take a look at the ingredient lists for 2 of the most popular fast food items IN THE WORLD. Look at those ingredients and ask yourself, “how could this NOT cause harm??”
There’s 7 oils, all of which are either hydrogenated or Omega 6 (cancer/disease/inflammation), artificial color, preservatives, and ANTI-FOAMING AGENT ( what the heck?); here’s the ingredients in the SALT: silicoaluminate( also called ALUMINUM SODIUM), dextrose ( SUGAR), and potassium iodide . Umm. That’s not really salt.
Extra Crispy™ Boneless Chicken – White Meat
Skinless White Chicken Pieces, Potassium and Sodium Phosphates, Salt, Seasoning (Potassium Chloride, Rice Flour), Monosodium
Glutamate. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Garlic Powder,
Natural Flavorings, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, With Not More Than 2% Calcium Silicate Added as an Anti
Gross. Two sources of MSG, sugar, phosphates (good bye bone and kidneys), and “anti-caking agents”. Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that a little bit of this can’t cause damage, because it can.
Want a Plan? Sit down on Sunday with your schedule in front of you, note everything that both you and your kids have to do. Plan accordingly. When can you power cook batches of food? When can you shop/chop/prep/baggy and freeze? When do you need to pack for yourself, and your kids? What needs to go on the grocery list so that happens? Are there evenings with multiple practices in a row that necessitate you stopping somewhere? At least make it one of the less offensive Fast Foods, like Chipolte or Panera. These meals aren’t even close to making Real Whole Food at home; there’s always going to be a degree of Chemicals, Flour and Sugar that are unavoidable when eating out. So just think of these as Emergency Options. ( Kind of like my “Emergency Bras“, which is when I forget to pack a bra for after my gym shower, and need to immediately consult or train someone. When this happens, I head to Walmart for a $10.00 Emergency Bra and put it on in the car.) ( I just realized I’m much more likely to forget to pack a bra or underwear than to ever forget to pack a lunch and water bottles!)
About the Emergency Options: emergency’s don’t happen every day. Things that happen every day are HABITS. There really aren’t that many emergency’s in most of our lives, percentage-wise. Really, there’s very few surprises day to day, and I’m a working mom of 4, one of whom’s an Epileptic who surprised us a few times a month: “Surprise, I’m about to have a seizure. The day needs to change right now.” 95% of our days STILL aren’t a surprise with even that scenario. *** ( to my friends whose children have issues much, much, worse than mine, your days do contain more surprises; focus on your health and energy as much as you can.)
Worried because living life by the seat of your pants is your norm? You were brought up that way or have nurtured those habits for years? Just because you’re an adult and haven’t established these Planning Habits yet, doesn’t mean you can’t. You can. Everyone can Create and Establish Good Habits. Initially, this’ll cause some stress, because we’re forcing ourselves to take actions that are better for us in the LONG TERM than the SHORT TERM. The other day I was at a lecture called “Solutions for The Overactive Brain”, the neurologist giving the talk said that our BRAIN DOESN’T WANT TO DO WHAT’S BEST FOR US, IT WANTS TO DO WHAT’S EASIEST FOR US. Wow. I can’t stop thinking about that.
The stress we feel when we commit to living our life according to what’s best LONG TERM depends on HOW MUCH PRACTICE WE’VE HAD DOING THAT. Parents!! It’s really important that we teach our kids boundaries and self control. Apparently, those skills are muscles in the brain, and they’re stronger with use. However, just like any muscle, they can be built any time with focus and effort.
One last tip for eating on the run: it doesn’t have to be special or delicious, it just needs to supply nutrients. Turkey/cheese roll ups, bags of nuts, fruit and nut butters, hard boiled eggs, chunks of cheese and fruit, celery and pb and raisins, leftovers in a tupperware, heat up a good sausage or one of the new hotdogs that aren’t full of disgusting ingredients. Tell your kids that you’re packing because eating out is too expensive. When I said, ” We don’t have the money to eat out” that was rarely met with resistance. If I said “pack your dinner for after soccer because after that so and so has gymnastics and we’re not stopping at McDonalds because it’s gross”, now that was met with resistance (whining, begging, arguing). (ps – Macy, you’re not really just “so and so ” to me, you’re much more than that honey.)
A long term result? I have 4 kids who hate fast food, and are great about throwing little baggies in their back packs for long days. They also pack their own water bottles. It’s a habit they were trained in, and it’s never too late to develop habits.
What have I been eating lately? Here’s a smoothie, a lunch salad, and a dinner:
Smoothie: Raw Keifer/blueberries/carob/stevia/avocado/spinach/raw egg/cinnamon/ginger/rose hips/hemp seeds, topped with coconut
Packed Salad for Car Lunch: greens/broccoli sprouts/whole shredded beet and carrot/salmon/gouda/walnut oil and balsamic
Dinner: brussels/onion/leeks/garlic/cabbage/bacon/lots of butter, herbs, and salt – this freezes and re-heats GREAT, and tastes good cold!
I get asked for recipes often. I NEVER use a recipe. Half the time I use my hand to measure the spices and herbs. Real Whole Food tastes delicious so you can’t go wrong with it. If cooking is stressful, start with recipe books or sites, build up your skills and confidence, and go from there. Start simple! Don’t make recipes with 17 ingredients because your stress ( and cortisol) will go through the roof ( hello belly fat!). Set up a podcast, or TV, or talk on the phone with an ear piece (not wireless – those EMFs are horrible for us!), because multi-tasking does work sometimes:) You can do this! You can become healthier, thinner, and more energetic, and you can instill good habits in your kids. We have Power, we just need to use it!