1. Get out your Glad-ware and baggies! When you come home from the grocery store, get out your sharp knife, a cutting board, and tons of plastic containers. Chop up your broccoli, dice your brussel sprouts, dice a yellow onion, green/red pepper, sliver your mushrooms, hard boil some eggs, put your chicken and seasoning in a baggie …This way you can make a breakfast omlet in PRESTO time! Your lunch is already cut up for you! You can have hard boiled protein on the run! Everything’s already cut and ready to throw on the pan or in the microwave.
2. Steam your veggies! Stop convincing yourself that breakfast/lunch/dinner takes too long to make. I can put 5 stems of broccoli in a bowl, put just a tsp. of water in it, cover with saran wrap and put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. You can do this with cauliflower, butternut squash, acorn squash, brussel sprouts – – squashes might need to stay in for a couple more minutes.
3. Get some chicken strips! Everyone wants a quick snack sometimes. Your snack should be sometimes be some kind of protein and fat – not a sugary fruit all the time. It’s good to have this snack 1-2 hours before coming to the gym. Chicken strips are about 1 oz.; remember your seasoned chicken in a baggy? Put 1 or 2 or 3 in a nonstick skillit and it takes only 7 or so minutes to cook through. So now, in under 10 minutes, you have food.
4. Don’t be too busy for breakfast! You’ve already accomplished steps above steps 1, 2, and 3. Every night, lay out your clothes for the next day. You can organize your morning routine in 10-15-30 minutes.
Here’s my routine when I have a job to run to in the morning.
- Get out of bed, and if you happen to be naked or cold, put a robe on and go immediately to the kitchen (don’t wash your face, don’t find a different pair of pants, don’t even pee)
- fix your coffee and turn the stove on medium heat and get 2 pans. Take out Lunch food AND breakfast food.1 minute
- Go to the bathroom to wash your face or do your thing – 2 minutes
- Go to the kitchen- add your breakfast veggies to pan 1 and lunch veggies and/or with chicken strips to pan #2. Go back to the bedroom and accomplish any of the following: put clothes on, put makeup on, brush your hair, do your hair – 2 -3 minutes (you should not be moving like a slug, you have things to do!)
- Go to the kitchen and pour your coffee, stir the veggies and flip the chicken, and continue your list for getting things done-2-3 minutes
- Go to the kitchen and add your eggs scrambled, over easy, doesn’t matter- you can sit for a minute or continue your list for getting things done. Check to see if your chicken is ready – if it is take it out, if it’s not then keep it cooking. You are either waching your eggs cook to your perfection, or your still doing your hair – whatever it is, don’t waste time! Get Things Done!
- Get a plate and tupperware. Put your lunch in the tupperware and keep it out. Put your breakfast in a bowl and eat it.
You might feel lethargic when you wake up in the morning – that’s because stress and poor eating habits afffect our cortisol (remeber our post from yesterday?). When you begin eating meat/veggies and focusing on HOW to manage your life to keep stress low, then you will start feeling ALERT in the morning rather than lazy. Consequently, you will start feeling TIRED in the evening (when you’re supposed to feel tired) and you are ready to start another appropriate cycle of rest, food, and sleep.