If you’re dealing with a chronic health condition or autoimmune condition, it seems so ridiculous to put whatever energy you have into preparing a homemade meal. Most people dealing with serious illnesses only have the energy to go through a drive-through or get convenient food.
Humans have three main drives
It’s ingrained in us biologically to conserve energy, and society is wired around being convenient and fast. Our daily life consists of microwaves, drive-throughs, and food delivery apps. We’ve become so used to wanting something, and it showing up for us immediately.
You have to pay for all the wonderful conveniences of easy meals. But what these companies don’t tell you is that you’re not getting REAL food. Instead, you are consuming “food” in the form of calories filled with a bunch of chemicals. These chemicals make it possible for food to stick around and be convenient.
Another problem with ordering food out is the unhealthy oils used to prepare the food in. Coconut oil or organic extra virgin olive oil is not cost effective in restaurants or fast food places. Your food is being prepared in unhealthy oils that cause inflammation in the body. Especially with fried foods, oil in fryers is often rancid because of the exposure to air for long periods of time.
The Cost Of Convenience
The real cost of convenience is your health. Consuming convenient food means that your body isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs. Instead, it’s being overwhelmed with chemicals that are taking a toll on your health. Which is why our society is dealing with the epidemic of chronic illness, autoimmune disease, a decline in cognitive function, and anxiety/depression. Our environment is rapidly changing. We are only now experiencing the long term effects of the harmful chemicals we have been consuming through food.
Time spent preparing food in the kitchen may seem so inefficient when you can order it or go out and pick it up. However, that time gives us REAL food for our body to turn into lasting energy.
The idea that you don’t have time to eat breakfast in the morning so you’ll just grab a coffee, or you don’t have time to meal prep so you’ll just grab food out on your lunch break, or you’re too tired to make dinner so you’ll only get by on some cereal and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is actually costing you your health. And by costing you your health what I mean is it costs you your life. Because if you don’t have good health, you can’t live a vibrant life.
Food Is An Investment In YOU!
Convent food is not worth not having any energy or focus, or not having enough enthusiasm to want to spend time with your family and your kids and do the things that matter to you in your life. Convenient food is not worth that price.
Putting time and energy into yourself by cooking and preparing meals is not wasteful; it’s an investment into your health and your future self. Ultimately life is hard, and you’re going to have a hard time being sick, or you’re going to have a hard time cooking and taking care of yourself. You’re bound to have a hard time, either way. You have to pick which hard time you want. If you’re going to be sick and convenient, you can choose that, and so many people do. But if you want to have a great dynamic life, you deal with the inconvenience of cooking.
Pick the right challenge for you.
Here’s To A Better Life,
Dr. Steve Puckette
If you’re struggling to eat healthy because of food cravings rather than time or convenience check out my article on “How To Stop Food Cravings.”