Today I will talk about how to be vegan when you are a busy person, and whether or not veganism is hard to mantain as a lifestyle.
How often do you sit down for a proper cooked lunch and a good meditation? If you are like most of the humans on this planet, I would assume that the answer is not so often. We forget to feed our brain and bodies, we often starve ourselves and not only because magazines love to call us fat if we consume more than 1200 calories a day, but because we are too busy to eat. Try mentioning veganism to someone who is very busy and has a very demanding job, they will not so kindly brush your advice off their shoulder and respond with a comment – oh, but veganism is for people who are privileged and have time. It couldn’t be more far from the truth; veganism is after all the answer to more energy and better health, so this is a short guide to veganism for busy people.
I am not busy, nor do I want to be, it is something that people romanticized for ages, so now it became this definition of a person that is hard working and normal, per se, and if you are not a busy person you must not be working at all, how lazy of you. We fantasize of a busy life where we get up at 5am and check e-mails while brushing our hair with a 500€ hair brush that we worked super hard to buy. We romanticize not sleeping, not having time for friends, having more but feeling less and after all we romanticize restricting calories and avoiding carbs. You may be asking yourself what all of this has to do with tips that I promised for busy people but hear me out.
My point and the main message that I am spreading today is to love yourself and take time to feed yourself, to stop searching for a quick fix and how to even more minimize your time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now is the time to sit down and cook yourself a nutritious soup because once you lose your health, you will not have time to be busy because your time will be spend in a hospital or chained to a bed. You cannot possibly expect everything to be automatic and that a pack of cashews will give you your daily intake of vitamins and calories; it doesn’t work like that.
- If you are really, really busy, then schedule in advance. Calculate how much time you will need for a good lunch in a restaurant or to go back home and cook something for yourself.
- Create a meal plan for the week ahead and buy all the groceries in advance, so you can wake up and make a meal without missing almond milk and bananas for a smoothie. It doesn’t have to be complicated; you just need 10 minutes to prepare a warm meal full of carbs to keep you going.
Once you lose your health nothing else will matter. Not your job, not your shiny new car, not your fancy clothes… nothing. If you cannot even take time to eat properly and feed your body, how do you expect to live up to your full potential? Do you want to be sick and exhausted but with a million Euros on your bank account? Do you really want to fall that low?
How do YOU manage to stay healthy and fed while working and/or taking care of a family? What tips would you like to share with us? Let me know in the comment section and remember to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.