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  1. this brought me back to hearing, "healthy people have no more time than the non-healthy" … from my trainer – as I was complaining about my uber busy life … lol. It's reality, however.

  2. I think the media has conditioned us to think that anything that takes longer than 2 minutes in a microwave is somehow a chore or drudgery or just too much work. I have a "cooking day" to prepare lots of food all at once. The food lasts me through the work week.

  3. @Lisa- That's a great idea, a cooking day! I agree though that people are totally conditioned to think that cooking should always be fast and super easy. It's okay for it to be made easy with quick, simple recipes, but the reality is that fast-food is fast-food whether you eat it at home or from the drive-through. You know?

  4. I don't mind cooking, I cook most of my meals. I think when it comes to the third meal in a row, that's when I start to balk. I guess I need to go back to cooking on Sunday for the rest of the week. Thanks for the kick in the pants!

  5. Well said. I have 4 kids, work full-time and go to Crossfit 4x a week but still manage to cook all the time. It irritates the heck out of me when my friend complains she doesn't have time, but she'll take her kids out to eat which takes 1 1/2 hours. I can cook dinner in 20 minutes! It's all about choices and planning.

  6. I like this post and Carla’s comment because it really gives me no excuse to not cook. I also liked number 5 because I’m going to use it as an excuse next time my mother calls. 🙂

  7. This is great. And Mike, I talk to my parents or sisters at least once or twice a week.

    I am married and have two boys. A 2.5 yr old and a 12 week old. I have a full time job and my wife watches kids during the week (Way harder than my full-time job). We make the time. I do most of the cooking, but my wife constantly steps up to help when we are strapped for time. I get up a little early and make breakfast for the whole family, everyday. We all eat leftovers for lunch and make a big dinner every night. Obviously some days things come up, but it doesn’t mean we through a pizza in the microwave. Ground beef and veggies takes 15 mins and a little planning ahead goes a long way.

    It really isn’t that hard if you want it.

  8. I totally agree! I make bacon and eggs for breakfast (literally takes 10 minutes, tops) and then on Sunday I make a huge one-pot meal that lasts me through the week. No excuses! And SO MUCH BETTER FOR YOU!

  9. I tackle this lack-of-time problem by MEAL PLANNING. It is a lifesaver- sit down with three pieces of paper a the beginning of the week. On one piece, write down what you want to eat this week: breakfast, snacks, leftovers, dinners etc. On the next piece, construct a grocery list based on what you will be eating. On the final (and very important piece), create a prep list!! Dedicate a couple hours at the beginning of the week to washing, chopping, baking, mixing, and boiling so parts of your meals are already done and constructed! This also allows you to use your oven space efficiently (no heating up the whole thing for one squash) and makes it less daunting to face the fridge in the evening.

    I found that when my friend, who’s a single mom, and myself lived together, meal planning was the only way we could fit in taking care of a 2 year old, attending university, volunteering, and working on the weekends, WHILE eating healthy meals!

  10. When I was a fitness and weight management coach, I used to talk about this a lot. The truth is, eating well actually takes less time in most cases. Often less money, too–most important to me since I just lost my job last week. Best of all, “cooking” doesn’t have to be elaborate enough to even require a whole day be set aside, or social events be skipped, etc. Whip up a veggie frittata while your favorite show is on. One pot dutch oven cooking is a matter of dumping fresh stuff in and taking out a steaming delicious meal an hour later–after you talk with your mom. Eat food closer to its the natural state it came in (cheese, apples, nuts and spinach, oil and vinegar anyone?) and your meals are done in 5 minutes! Thanks for the read!

  11. I’ve been saying this same thing for YEARS!! There are always excuses but we have to start using our time to make us healthy. That other “stuff” just doesn’t need to be so much a part of our lives that it takes away our health.

  12. The slow cooker and the freezer are my best friend. I traveled all weekend so i missed my cooking wod. but i still made my egg muffins on monday night.. baam. breakfast for the next week and a half. and whipped up a quick slow cooker stew.. there are lunches for the rest of the week.

    1. Amen to the slow cooker! I am a student, so I plan ahead and use my slow cooker on the nights I have class. Dinner is ready to go as soon as I get home so I can get back out the door. I also like to plan meals that transition into one another–roast and veggies one night becomes soup the next!

  13. This was a great article. I’ve heard all too many times from co-workers that they don’t have time in the morning to eat….and there’s just enough time to get up and out the door. I say, wake up earlier. I get up at 5 and don’t leave for work til 8:30 but I run, shower, cook breakfast and leisurely get out the door. I take left overs to work (I purposely make extra at dinner time) or make something the night before so I’m not crunched in the morning. It’s all about planning and making priorities. I don’t need the extra hour of sleep – but make sure I get to bed at a decent hour so I have enough sleep 🙂 It’s just funny when you hear that “there’s no time”……I believe there is time for anything that matters!

  14. I have found that finding time to cook is about priorities and attitude. You may need to look at your life and find out what is setting you back. Are you over scheduled, into to many hobbies, spend to much time making comments on websites or reading blogs. Do a time analysis of your day, write it all down, you will be amazed at how much you may be wasting. Look at your list of activities (notice this is not the same as priorities) compare these against you REAL priorities (the list is usually a lot shorter!) If your activities don’t fit with your priorities then you need to do some pruning, and learn to say NO!

    I also know that if I tell myself I don’t have time to cook, the I probably won’t. If I don’t feel like cooking today then I probably will just eat junk.

    It is all a matter of choices, yours and mine.

    Thanks for the great article!

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