One of the reasons vacations can be so enjoyable comes from the ability for us to slow our lives down, even if only for a few days. I long for the days in which the only event I have scheduled is to read my Kindle and lay out in the sun. I long for the days that are simpler than others, when every aspect of my daily routine isn’t complicated.
I recently meditated on the thought of simplicity in food. What if we could become healthy by making things less complicated for ourselves? Before I truly did my best to eat as healthy as possible, I would have to run to the supermarket much more often during the work week to scrounge up food for me to eat. It occurred three to four times per week, and it was frustrating. Going into a supermarket hungry is never a good idea, especially when your moral compass for food doesn’t point due north. I would come out of the supermarket with $20 worth of food I didn’t need but convinced myself that I would.
Now my routine is so much simpler. I worry much less about if I have enough (or the right) food with me to eat. I keep simple elements on hand that won’t go bad as well as fresh food that I have to eat immediately or it would go to waste. I also have found that if almost no “bad” food choices surround me, I am much less tempted to eat poorly.
Eating healthily used to be a stressor. I would criticize my choices and guilt trip myself when I would not eat well. Now I do my very best to think simpler, both in my choices and my criticisms. It has given me relief.
Have you ever considered eating more simply? What if you tried to stick with a few “simple” foods (brown rice, broccoli, garbanzo beans, kale, plain yogurt, granola, oatmeal, quinoa, cucumbers, oranges, apples, etc.)? If you made your food choices easy, would your routine be just a little less complicated? Isn’t it worth a try?
Stay simple this Sunday, GFAs. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!