In my last post, I talked about aspirational grocery shopping, it’s impact on the environment, and I touched on how food can be used for productivity. In this post, I’ll give you 7 steps to help make it easier to have healthy meals on the table for yourself and your loved ones. This post, like my last post, has been inspired by Marilyn Paul, author of “It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys” The Seven Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized (Penguin Books) and “An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life” (Rodale).
Before I get too far into this post, I wanted to make it clear that even though we are all striving to waste less food, if you try something that you end up not liking, that’s totally ok! It’s so much better to listen to your body and waste food that your body is rejecting rather than continue basically poisoning yourself. Life happens! If you find yourself throwing out some perfectly good food because you didn’t eat it in time, please go easy on yourself. Personally, I end up having to waste a fair amount of food myself, so in part, I’m writing this blog post to myself as well! Optimize fueling your body with food that is compatible with you. If a little food has to go to the wayside until you can get your diet or schedule dialed in, that’s ok. It’s also great to leave room to be spontaneous with your time and your meals. If you’re too ridged, it may be hard to make forward progress. The point of this post is to help inspire you to take your food prepping game up a notch or two. If it’s not perfect, that’s OK!
In Aspirational Grocery Shopping, I talked about how food can help you be more productive. Not only does eating a proper diet help with energy, mental clarity, and overall bodily mechanics, when you eat a diet that is right for you, your will experience more alignment with yourself. When you have this internal alignment, you will notice other things in your life aligning as well. When you listen to yourself (and what your body is saying about what kind of fuel it wants), other people will listen to what you have to say. When you treat your body right, you will be treated right by others. Some people have an internal system that is very loud, like “I SAID NO ALMONDS!!”. But for others, being able to tune into the quiet requests your body is asking for can be more challenging, ESPECIALLY when you’re experiencing a delayed reaction with your food sensitivities. “Hmm… let me just try this cheese one more time… I think it’s probably fine…”. While you may not be able to rule out orthorexia or another type of eating disorder just yet, if you’re experiencing a lot of internal dialog/internal “noise” around food, you may very well be eating something that is incompatible with you. Productivity around food can also be obtained through mindfulness (slowing down to prepare, eat, and clean up). And productivity can also be obtained through having a connection with your food, with the earth and with the environment, all of which will help you ground to the earth and connect to source energy. In Feng Shui, they call this the “San Cai”, or “Heaven, Earth, and Humanity”. When you can really feel in tune with the chi from the earth converging with the chi from the heavens within you, that is where the productivity wheels can do their magic! I also want to add that if you’re eating for productivity, you may also be eating with other people who are eating for productivity. The more authentically (balanced and mindful) productive people you surround yourself with, the more productive you will be!
So now do you feel armed with the benefits of eating for productivity? Let’s talk about how to do this!
Remember, meal planning is a practice. It doesn’t happen overnight. The more you stick with it, the more tips and tricks you’ll pick up along the way! You’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t work for you. And you may backslide a bit! But that’s ok. You’ll start to notice that when you backslide (which is NORMAL), you won’t backslide as far back as you did the time before. You’re human, congratulations! Just get back on the horse and try again.
Do you have any meal prepping tips to share? Please let us know in the comments!
By Jean Prominski, Certified Professional Organizer
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