Make healthy eating easier

May 25, 2017

If it’s not easy, you’re gonna eventually stop doing it.

Eating healthy requires mastery of many skills.

1. Knowing what to eat
2. Knowing what not to eat
3. Having money to buy good food
4. Grocery Shopping
5. Food Storage
6. Wash, Cut, Prep
7. Cooking solo meals and in bulk
8. Making sure it tastes good
9. Eating appropriate macros
10. Eating appropriate micros
11. Washing Dishes
12. Storing cooked food
13. Reheating cooked food.
14. Throwing out trash
15. Doing it all over again every day for the rest of your life.

Depending on how you were raised and the skills you learned along the way, many of these steps could be easy and automatic for you or super hard rocket science. I fell in the latter camp.

If you can outsource as many of these steps as possible, then life will be much easier.

The best case scenario is a private chef who comes to your home and does all the work. This is what Tom Brady has. That’s probably not your case if you’re reading this right now.

You can also hire a private chef who bulk cooks set menus for their clients and they’ll drop off the food items at your home.

The level below that is to get all your cooked food delivered in proper portions. Some type of healthy meal delivery system. Many athletes, wrestlers, actors, executives, etc do this. I heard a pro wrestler talking about Nutrition Solutions.

For regular folks like us, there are companies like Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Seattle Sutton, and the like, who will ship food to your home, but they don’t have the right health requirements I’m looking for. I’ve tried a bunch of them in the past. They’re usually processed, high in gluten/wheat, low in proper macros for your specific bodytype, etc.

The level below that is to get the proper ingredients delivered to you with recipe cards and you do the cooking. Think Blue Apron.

The level below that is to hire someone to buy groceries for you. Think TaskRabbit.

The level below that is to get groceries delivered.
I like the convenience of Amazon Fresh. I also buy other food items via Amazon Prime. This is one of the most life-changing things in my life! Thank you Amazon!

The level below that is to have a partner/parent/relative/roommate buy groceries. If you’re lucky, that person will also cook some of the food.

Lastly, you’ll just have to do the dirty work of hitting up the grocery store & making stuff yourself. I’ve done this for many years and it’s one of the most challenging aspects of life!!

Next, you’ll need to be able to cook your food.

If you’re reading this, most likely you’re not a kitchen lover. So things have to be super easy. I like to get in and get out as fast as possible rather than labor over large complex recipes. I’m willing to sacrifice taste for simplicity.

I like to buy my protein in already edible format. So I get cans of wild salmon, sardines, and tuna from Amazon. They’re already deboned and skinless, ready to eat out of the tin. No cleanup.

I also get large tubs of plant protein powders. A Blender Bottle makes protein shakes easily, no clumps. Fast. Easy cleanup.

For fats, I’ll use extra virgin olive oil, ghee, or coconut oil splashed on top of my food.

I have fresh fruits & nuts handy for fast meals.

I use a Vitamix blender that helps make big ass smoothies with protein powder, fruit, and raw greens fast & easily. Cleanup is very quick as well.

A Zojirushi rice cooker helps make rice & oatmeal. It’s a set it and forget it system. Easy cleanup. If I had to do it all over, I’d get one of those Instant Pot pressure cookers that makes nearly everything.

A tea kettle helps boil water to make coffee, tea, or fast oatmeal.

Recently, I got a Breville Juicer, making large consumption of raw fruits and veggies easy. It does take quite a bit of time & effort to wash the fruits & veggies in bulk, make the juice, and post cleanup takes me a loooong time, but I’ll get a few days worth of juice from it. I do get help from my mom in this department.

Finally, I’ll use the oven, toaster oven, or stove as necessary to cook up other items. Maybe some frozen salmon fillets. Maybe pressure cooker some basmati rice congee. I used to eat quite a lot of egg omlettes, one of the easiest things to make, but have recently given them up.

Making rice pasta or rice noodles is fairly easy, takes maybe 10-15 minutes. You just need to boil water.

Cooking the traditional way is my last resort. I’ll look up super simple recipes online with the least amount of ingredients necessary and get to work.

I’ve tried my hand at making vegetarian sushi, thai curries with meat, indian chicken curries, sambar, slow cooked stews, lentil dals, and a bunch of other complex items. In the end, I simply dislike being in the kitchen that long making difficult recipes. I also gave up a lot of those food items for my health.

Now that I live at home, my mom makes good tasting vegetarian food that I can eat. So that helps a lot! She has a passion for cooking, is great at it, and can make multiple tasty items simultaneously in bulk. She also, for some reason, LOVES to grocery shop.

If you’re living by yourself like I had been for years, and you don’t have the necessary skills nor enjoy cooking, all of this is gonna be a real struggle!!

Fast food and takeout are not viable options if you’re in it to be healthy. I’ve tried every single way to make that work but it’s damn near impossible.

Their goals (to make most amount of money while serving highly-pleasurable, addictive, cheap food) do not align with our goals (to eat simple healthy nutritious nonaddictive meals).

If you absolutely don’t know how to cook at all, even boil water or pan fry some eggs, the easiest method is to watch some youtube videos rather than read books & blogs. I used to binge watch Jamie Oliver cooking shows and learned a lot by osmosis. Nowadays, it doesn’t matter what you wanna cook, there’s someone with a youtube video showing you exactly how to make it.