The benefits of good nutrition don’t strike right away, making it hard to find the motivation to get off the couch and get healthy. But, laziness can be your worst enemy when it comes to your diet. And, eating healthy doesn’t have to be a such a chore anyway, says Dev Goswami
There are people who procrastinate, and then there are just lazy people. The difference between the two is that if you’re a procrastinator, you’ve already brushed this article aside, thinking you’ll read it later. However, if you’re just being lazy, you’re intrigued, but not enough to read it. We realise that you hate making the effort, and while we don’t think your situation is ideal or your argument logical, we’ve got a few diet tips that are perfectly suited to your lazy disposition — just so that you can stay healthy till you finally decide to get up and get moving!
Change your strategy
Most of us picture lazy people as those sprawled out on the couch, watching television, while wolfing down a burger. But, being lazy doesn’t mean you have to succumb to fast food, even if it’s easy to order. The city has a number of restaurants and delivery services that offer healthy preparations. All you have to do is change the place where you order from. You can combine this with our first point by avoiding menus and apps of fast food joints, and only keeping the contact details of a healthy restaurant at hand.
Be a con artist
Picture this — you’re craving for pizza. But, to order one that you’re going to have to walk over to your study table, rummage through the drawer for restaurant menus (getting increasingly frustrated when you can’t find one immediately), and by then, you’re probably going to want to go back to the comfort of your couch. Why should this happen when you can order with an application or have menus neatly tucked away right next to the television? Well, because we’re telling you to delete all your delivery applications and throw away all your fast food menus. Of course, the more enterprising of you will find other ways (think: ordering online), and if so, we’re sorry we couldn’t help!
Control the ingredients
This is perhaps the perfect strategy for a lazy person — draw up a list of ingredients or unhealthy items — think processed items, maida, fried food, sodas... the list is quite standard. Now, while you’re thinking about what to eat for lunch, simply avoid all dishes or products that contain any of the items that are on your list. What you will be left with may not be super healthy, but it won’t be as damaging as a plate of fried rice from a roadside Chinese stall.
Bananas, bananas everywhere
You’ll be surprised to see how delicious an apple can taste when you’re really hungry and there’s nothing else around to eat. Hunger can make even the laziest of us active, but there are of course a fair share of limitations to that as well. You will want to eat whatever is the easiest to get your hands on — you can see where we’re going with this right? If you have a bowl of fresh fruit placed on your dining table and make the effort to fill your kitchen containers with dry fruits and nuts instead of chips and biscuits, your laziness will help you reach out for the closest (and in this case, healthiest) options!
For the more reasonable minds
If you’re willing to compromise a teeny bit on your mission to laze around all weekend, we’ve got a good strategy for you. Spend a few hours over the weekend preparing basic ingredients that you can then use through the rest of the week. You can prepare and store rotis and gravy-based dishes, stock up on healthy snacks and perhaps prepare a few sauces and chutneys once every month. It won’t take more than a couple of hours and will allow you to easily put together a healthy meal for every day of the week! And if even this seems like too much of an effort, you can make meal kits your best friends — but remember that they will cost you a pretty penny.