Time to get real. You don't want to eat healthy. You just want healthy eating to be simple.
That's not semantics. It's human nature.
Let's face it, we're all busy. You're probably too busy to read this blog. (I'll keep it short). And we're distracted.
We're distracted by an overdose of information at our fingertips. And while we love having access to that information, we hate having to fish for it.
Because, we find ourselves overanalyzing. We scrutinize Yelp reviews. We probe for answers. We ask a lot of questions. Then we seek more… and more… and more options. And, for the most part, that's kinda cool. Except when it's time to make a decision.
When we're presented with extra options, we get extra distracted. We second guess our assumptions. Our mind starts to get tired. Then lazy. Then we make a bad decision - like ordering ‘comfort food.’
Overloading the brain with too many options to analyze puts us in a state of cognitive paralysis.
Now, if your comfort food is a kale salad with no dressing - you're excused from reading the rest of this blog. But, if your comfort food is pizza, fries, sub sandwiches, ice cream... or... or... then lazy decisions are hurting your body. A lot.
The reality is, as humans, we want someone to make decisions for us. I'm not saying we're sheep. I'm simply saying that we're efficient beings. We're smart enough to know that our time is very valuable. So we look for ways to earn back time. Part of that experience of earning back time is trusting other people to make decisions for you.
Let me come at you from a different angle. Why do you pay someone to do your taxes? Change the oil in your car? Re-shingle your home? Educate your children? You're perfectly capable of learning how to do these things yourself. But, ultimately, you trust the expertise of the person who does these things for you.
When it comes to your health and the health of your family, there's really nothing more important. Seriously - it’s a primal thing we can talk about later.
So, why do you trust your limited knowledge of food and nutrition when it comes to something as important as nourishing yourself and your family?
Making "lazy decisions" a couple times a week over the course of your lifetime - and the lifetime of your children - has direly impactful consequences. Think about that the next time you're getting your car's oil changed.
Let's tie all this up. You're busy and distracted. And, with all due respect, you’re uneducated when it comes to healthy eating. I'm in that exact same boat. So, what happens when I read a restaurant menu? I cheat. I order steak and potatoes.
What happens when Erin Oprea, Ainsley Rodriguez or Brian Mazza, read a restaurant menu? They hack it. They use their expertise to quickly and efficiently analyze macronutrients. Then they pick a healthy option… with precision and confidence.
Rather than me trying to #BeEducatedLikeErin and #AnalyzeLikeAinsley I just want to #EatLikeErin or #EatLikeAinsley. After all, the ultimate life hack is mimicking behaviors of successful people.
“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” – Tony Robbins
Here's the beauty of it. If you can offload important but time consuming decisions - like meal planning - you can earn back time to focus on some really great things... like spending time with family, building a business, going for hike, or reading another blog. #LifeHack