Anyone who’s tried to stick to a healthy diet knows eating healthy can be a real hassle. Most snack and fast foods are out of the picture; eating out is not an option. Cooking or extensive food preparation seems to be necessary for nearly every meal. By the time you cook, eat, and clean your mess, you’re lucky if you’ve completed the process within an hour. Most healthy foods are highly perishable requiring ice packs and coolers. The difficulties go on. Two days this week, I needed to leave the house before 6:30am causing a breakfast dilemma. Breakfast usually takes me about 1 hour from start to finish including cleanup. I usually have eggs and oatmeal (soaked overnight) with some fruit. The fruit is easy; it travels well and is fast... eggs and oatmeal—not so much. If you were wondering why processed cereal and Pop-Tarts were invented, let me assure you that it was for convenience and not for your health. Here’s my approach to eating fast on the go and some of the specific strategies and foods that I’ve used to make this problem an insignificant one.
1. Don’t fret about breaking the rules. Eating a 100% Weston A. Price/Nourishing Traditions-type diet is a LOT of work. Yet, I have found such a diet amazingly freeing. Eating and living healthy has freed me from the limitations of chronic sickness. Yet, for all practical purposes the average person cannot live a normal life and follow a 100% healthy lifestyle all the time. If you live a normal life, you’re going to be exposed to mold and EMFs. You’re going to breath chemicals and eat nuts that haven’t been soaked, food that’s not organic, and water that’s not properly catalyst altered. You’re going to drink pasteurized cheese and non-free-range eggs. The truth is, the average person cannot afford the perfect diet nor do they have the time for it. Don’t fret about this! My ebook will describe all the rules I regularly broke when I was recovering from chronic illness. Here are the ones I break now:
- I eat fast foods containing MSG and hydrogenated fats up to twice a week!
- I’m not consistent with any of my super foods; I only get them every once in a while (kvass, broths, raw milk, kombucha, bee pollen, cod liver oil, vegetable juice, etc.—I actually have a reason for doing this too.)
- I eat a bag or two of Kettle potato chips each week. (They use canola oil which is not healthy.)
- I push myself on sleep all the time and stay up past midnight often.
- I don’t always soak my rice.
- I talk on my cell phone A LOT.
- I could go on...
I’ll cover this in more detail in my ebook, but I’ve learned to do enough good so that the little bad is counteracted. When I break the rules, I don’t worry about it.
2. Learn that nothing is better than a bad thing. Maybe you read that wrong. I meant, ‘Learn that having nothing is better than having something bad.’ I’ve found the discipline of nothing to be an amazing one in attaining extraordinary health. Sometimes the best option for eating is eating less or eating nothing. This discipline also helps with the convenience factor. In the last few years, I have regularly eaten only two meals. This saves me lots of time and it makes health much more convenient. I don’t have to worry about packing or preparing lunch. I know my body can go for long periods of time without eating and still function just fine. Learning to just not eat on occasion is a powerful tool in keeping health from becoming a limitation on your lifestyle. And, if you think about it, it’s probably closer to how our ancestors ate. The hunter/gatherer diet would not revolve around three square meals a day and certainly included an occasional skipping of a meal or two or the replacing of a hearty meal with a snack.
Warning: Fasting is not good for everyone. Like all my writings, just because this is what I do does not mean it’s healthy for you. Please carefully read and understand my disclaimer. Remember, I’m not a doctor; I’m just some random guy writing about his experience.
3. Find (really) healthy fast food. I’m not a fan of most of the junk food that’s offered at the local health food store, but here are some healthy fast foods I enjoy. The Pop-tart factor lets you know how much time it takes to prepare and consume the item.
Uber healthy fast foods:
a. Raw eggs. Later this wee I’ll post a video of me preparing and eating raw eggs. Raw eggs make me feel AWESOME! They are so easy to digest, loaded with nutrients, and faster than Pop-tarts. They are my favorite for early morning breakfast before hitting the road.
Pop-tart factor: 5 minutes
b. Raw vegetables. I mostly use this for snacks. If I get hungry between meals I find raw carrots, lettuce, celery, etc. to be a good choice. Salads are great for lunch if you have room for a icepack.
Pop-tart factor: 5 minutes
c. Raw milk. If you can get this awesome super food, it’s the best. Not sure why, but I have to drink milk slow; downing it like water is not my style. So this can take more time than raw eggs. Also, watch your breath. Sometimes raw milk can give you nasty breath so you might want to avoid drinking it on the way to a meeting.
Pop-tart factor: 10 minutes
d. Bee pollen. You’re not supposed to eat large amounts of this but I find even a large spoonful to be a great snack or addition to a fast meal.
Pop-tart factor: 2 minutes
e. Butter (on gluten free english muffins). Butter has loads of super healthy fat-soluble vitamins as well as many other properties sure to make for awesome health. I’ve found the Ezekiel bread gluten free english muffins to be a great medium for a thick spread of ghee (clarified butter). I eat mostly clarified butter because I’m still a bit squeamish about dairy intolerance and ghee seems to not increase mucus production like other milk products.
Pop-tart factor: 10 minutes
Uber healthy travel foods:
a. Fruits dried or fresh. Raisins are my favorite.
b. Nuts and seeds.
c. Lara bars. I love these for air travel. When I went to Moscow last summer, I took two for every day. The food there ended up being amazing, but the Lara bars were great for the flights to and from.
d. Dark organic chocolate. This is super filling and I think the only food item I eat regularly that has caffeine in it. I used this on my two drives across the country from FL to CA. I’ve also used it when I need to stay up especially late.
e. Organic corn chips and potato chips. Not so healthy, but they work good for trips.
f. Canned salmon. This is a great protein. Now, I usually just get a salad out, but when I was recovering, I took a trip and ate wild caught canned salmon for one meal every day.
With these tools in your arsenal, you can have the best of both worlds, fast-paced, on-the-go living and health