- Even the busiest, laziest and most tired (BLT) among us can find ways to eat clean
- Consider the “adding one thing, eliminating another” strategy
- For me, it was adding an organic superfoods powder and eliminating middle-aisle grocery shopping
When I was pregnant with my first child, I did endless hours of research on what products were safe to use on my skin and what food was good to eat. Before I did anything, I thought about the baby first. I gave up my intense acne fighting regimen and I ate clean foods. Once my daughter was born, I was just as equally neurotic about what she was eating as I was when she was in my belly. I read every label, bought everything organic and researched every diaper, lotion, wipe, toy and even the mat she played on.
Unfortunately, as BLT (busy-lazy-tired) mom I did not apply the same principles to myself. Once my daughter and I were no longer physicality connected as one, I went back to putting harsh chemicals on my face. Come meal time, I chose what tasted good or was convenient over what was good for my body. I was diligent in taking care of my daughter, but being BLT was plaguing my personal life.
I had my second child when I was 40. My body wasn’t bouncing back as quickly. I had low energy and my feet started to ache when I woke up in the morning. That was my wake-up call and I realized I had to make some changes to stay healthy for myself and for my kids. I needed to find a way to kick my BLT self in the ass and develop a plan that would be easy yet sustainable. I decided to start with adding in one thing, and cutting out another.
I came across some organic powder mixes that contain concentrated amounts of superfoods (lucama, moringa, wheatgrass, matcha spirulina, etc). A small teaspoon full is equivalent to a handful of fruit or greens. I have found them easy to use. I mix and match the powders and add to whatever I am eating – coffee, yogurt, soup, salad, green juice, etc. I don’t have to think too much about how to use them. I feel better knowing I am adding the benefits of fresh produce with the ease of supplements to my diet.
In addition, I am also trying to cut out processed food. We hear a lot about the benefits of this but what does it mean exactly and how can I make it easy? I have found the most user-friendly way to eat cleaner is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where you will find all the fruits, veggies, protein, and other food that is whole. When you start shopping the middle aisles, that’s when you start running into food that has a long shelf life. I’m trying to put less of that in my body and so have cut out middle-aisle grocery shopping from my life.
On top of my BLT tendencies, I also am not perfect and believe in moderation. I still indulge in chips and sweets from time to time, but overall, I’m more mindful of what I'm eating in general. I’m encouraged by the changes I've seen with just these small tweaks to my routine. I have more energy, my feet don’t ache anymore, I feel healthier and stronger…and did I mention my skin is so much better too?
I’ll never be a juicer or meal prepper; both have great benefits I’m sure, but I know those are not things I would ever make the time for, nor be able to keep up. I’m not discouraged though and believe even the busiest, laziest and most tired among us can find small ways to make positive changes in their diet. The key is to be mindful and find something that will work and be sustainable for your BLT levels. What can you add and what can you take away to start?