||09-11-2013 01:07 PM
Everybody's busy. I work at home (full-time job) and have two young kids-- three if you count my husband (which I do). :hyst:
You just have to make it a priority. And like Olive says, you can still find LC convenience foods - we all have days or weeks when we're feeling "lazy." Last week, I paid $1 extra for a bag of clean, trimmed celery instead of washing it myself like I usually do. Bought a big jar of peeled garlic to save that little bit of work chopping. And a huge tub of washed spring greens instead of cleaning lettuce.
I use rotisserie chickens when I can't be fussed with remembering to get a fresh one in the oven in time, etc. You can buy a big tub of plain, full fat yogurt for morning smoothies, if you're farther along in your plan.
My staple breakfast for months last time was 3 strips of pre-cooked bacon, and a smoothie from 5 frozen strawberries, 1 scoop Designer Whey, ice, 1/2 c plain ff yogurt.
I spend no more than 3 hours total one day (usually a weekend) preparing for the week. This includes grocery shopping for meat, veggies, eggs, etc. Then I go home and wash all the veggies and cut them into smaller pieces ready to grab on the go.
I always cook more than what I need for one meal so lunch the next day is taken care of with leftover meat and veg, or leftover meat I can use with a salad.
You can precook a week's worth of bacon, sausages or whatever. I toss mine on a plate in the oven while I get dressed, etc, and then they're warmed and ready to eat when it's time for breakfast. Or nuke it.
It's funny - I had been HATING shopping and cooking the last year or so. I've been eating really poorly - which usually means vast quantities of HC crap. This means I'm never satisfied and always in search of more food - often not even hungry at mealtimes.
I'm having so much fun being back on LC, and eating fresh, tasty food prepared simply with the best ingredients I can afford that week.
And I'm spending less time overall because I no longer have daily trips to the store looking for something to finally satisfy. I'm planning ahead for the week and it's pretty simple to grill some meat and steam some veggies or make a salad. A little sauce or dressing for flavor and fat and you're good to go.
Hope that helps. I get into cooking slumps and they suck - so it must really suck to hate cooking completely.