As you may have noticed, eating clean can be expensive and take up a lot of time. These are the primary excuses people use for not doing it and, to a great extent, it’s true. If these are the reasons holding you back I challenge you to look at how you are spending your time and money and see what you are getting in exchange.
It’s fairly universally accepted that to achieve something great you have to invest time and money. In order to have a successful career you need some kind of training. University, college, trade school and any type of career training costs money and studying takes up years of our lives. In return we get a bigger pay cheque and a more satisfying career. It’s money and time well invested. Highly accomplished athletes, musicians, actors and other skilled professions spend money on lessons and coaches to learn their sport or skill and then spend countless hours practicing to perfect it. In much the same way, clean eating is a skill. It’s not a question of whether you are on or off the wagon, but rather a question of where are you on the continuum of amateur to pro. Every pro was once an amateur. How do you go from amateur to pro? Invest in yourself.
If you are an amateur in this lifestyle it will be worth the money to have someone teach you the basics. According to your budget, this can range from just picking up a book to hiring a Nutritionist or Dietician to lay out a plan for you. Many people have walked this road before you and a little bit of money up front can greatly help you transition into this new lifestyle. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, you can learn from the mistakes of others and save yourself time and headaches as you work towards your goals. I highly recommend hiring someone to teach you how to do it right the first time.
The other way to invest in yourself is using your time to perfect this new skill of clean eating. Set aside extra time to menu plan and grocery shop. Write out weekly meal plans and journal your intake so you can figure out what works and what doesn’t. This is also helpful to keep track of your favourite meals so you can refer to them later. Spend time looking up new recipes and practicing your cooking skills. The more you do it, the easier it will get and the better you will get at it! You can’t expect to be good at this right from the beginning. Early on you will focus on the basic skills, just like an athlete or musician would. They have their throwing, passing, shooting or chord progression drills and you will have your chopping, sauteing, baking, broiling, and food combining practice. As you get better you will gain confidence and be able to try more complicated and exciting recipes. You will also get faster and more efficient with your food prep. Just like any skill it will take time to improve and in order to get better you have to practice!
It’s also important to note that just as learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from school, this lifestyle is not something that you just “get” and then it’s perfect. There will always be new obstacles to overcome and even the most skilled clean eaters still face challenges. The big investment of time and money will be at the beginning, but you have to continually invest in this lifestyle to get the most out of it. Keep reading and learning about food and health and try new recipes on a regular basis. Connect with other like-minded people and share ideas and support one another. In return for this time and money spent you can expect to reap the reward of a healthier, leaner body with extra energy that will allow you to live your life to the fullest!
This article was researched and written by Follow @DaraCoxPT
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