Excuse #3: It’s too confusing/too hard!
This is post number three in the series discussing the most common excuses people use for not following a healthy diet and lifestyle. I’m expanding on my Slideshare presentation that explains how you can overcome these perceived obstacles. You can also check out the Slideshare. My aim in this post is to help you understand that healthy living isn’t as complicated as some people would like you to believe. And if, by the end of this post, you feel more confident that it is possible for you to make some healthy changes, then I’ll be very happy as it means I’ve done my job!
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Let’s start with my description of healthy eating: it’s eating a variety of real, whole foods every day and minimal amounts of processed, packaged and junk food. We’re talking about preparing and cooking most of your own meals using fresh ingredients and having the occasional treat or take away.

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about slaving in the kitchen for hours at a time, creating complex gourmet dishes! Keep it simple and add flavour with herbs, spices and healthy dressings & sauces.

Pretty straight forward really, isn’t it? Of course it takes time to prepare and cook your meals. Like everything, though, the more you do it, the faster and easier it gets!

And if you’re not much of a cook, you can ease yourself into it by using a meal prep/delivery or pick up service. There are tons of them around these days, just make sure that you choose one that’s local to you and that they use fresh, whole ingredients. (If they’re supplying frozen meals, you’ll likely find that they’re high in additives and preservatives, something you want to avoid).

Another way to get started that I like to recommend to my members and clients is to simply add more veggies to your meals. It’s really easy to do and you’ll find yourself eating less of the not so good stuff when you make room for more vegetables on your plate.

 The best thing you can do though, is get into the habit of meal planing & prep. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote: “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Well, it’s true!

failing to plan
failing to plan

 The best thing you can do though, is get into the habit of meal planing & prep. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote: “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Well, it’s true!

Spend a little bit of time on Saturday or Sunday morning planning your meals for the week ahead. Then go shopping and buy what you need.

When you get home, chop your veggies and portion them into containers. Pre-cook some protein like chicken breasts & burgers and even cook a meal or two to go in the freezer for later in the week. Then you know you’re set up to eat good, healthy meals without spending hours in the kitchen every night.

Whenever you cook a meal, double the recipe so you’ll have leftovers to re-heat for quick & easy lunches or dinners.

I believe snacks are important too and you can whip up some healthy treats when you’re doing your prep, so you’ve got them handy in the fridge or freezer when you need them.


How good do these fruit muffins look? They’re easy to make and so much healthier than the store bought ones. 

Check out some of my recipes here: Fruit muffins

Have a scroll through the “healthy treats” category for some recipes to inspire you! Make sure you’ve always got fresh fruit on hand for healthy snacking too and you’ll be more likely to choose the healthier option.

When you just don’t feel like cooking, but you still want to eat a healthy meal, use your local delivery/pick up service that I mentioned earlier instead of traditional take-aways.

So as you can see, it’s not really complicated or too hard. It just takes a little bit of planning and prep. As with anything, as it becomes a habit, it gets faster and easier the more you do it. 

Why not download my free menu planner to help you get started?

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