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Episode 23: Take the Easy Way.

Description: This week, Dr. Boogren gives the Self-Care Squad grace to just take the easy way out.


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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 23 of season two of Self-Care for Educators. I'm your host, Tina Boogren. This week's invitation is to take the easy way out. Here's what I mean. I'm talking specifically, actually about ... During this week's invitation. So, here's where this comes from. Some of you know that one of the big changes that I made for my own health is that when I'm traveling, and I travel a lot, rather than--I'm talking about for work--rather than going to restaurants in the cities that I'm in, I go to the grocery. And, I buy my food, because I have to. It's my survival mode. It's, it is a way for me to make sure that I'm really taking care of myself, that I'm getting the nutrients that I need, that I'm eating the vegetables. It's just really important to me.

And, what I've discovered is that of course, every town has a grocery. I don't care how small the place is. There's always a Walmart. And so, I can always go. I just go, and I get food. It's kind of a cool thing. Actually. I love to visit different grocery stores. Some are standard, right? A Walmart is a Walmart is a Walmart, but yet I still ... It feels like I'm kind of visiting part of the community. Anyway, the reason that I bring this up is because I was sharing how I do this with a friend recently. We were having a conversation, and she was like, You know, I should just remember this for home. Because, she was asking details, and I was like, Well, I always buy like a thing of lettuce. And, then I buy chopped pre-chopped vegetables, like a stir fry mix will be really good for that. I buy the smallest bottle I possibly can find of olive oil that I use for dressing. And then, I buy like pre-cut up fruit. I will buy a lot of times, like if I can find chicken breasts already cooked, right?

That I can have just as convenient as possible, because I'm in your basic-level hotel rooms that may or may not have a microwave, but for the most part, they have a refrigerator. So, as easy as I can make it. So yes, cutting, buying those pre-cut vegetables costs a little bit more. To me it's worth it. And, this was the conversation I was having with my girlfriend, and she's like, You know what? I need to just do this at home. Because, apparently cutting up a carrot is just too hard, because I open my fridge, I look at that carrot, and I think, Oh God, I just, I don't. But, if it's already cut up, I'm much more likely actually to eat it. And, in fact, what I do when I get back to my hotel room is I buy like some salad containers. And, I will, if I can pack my salad containers from home I will bring them. If I have room in my bag, otherwise I will buy them, and I will make my salad right away, just like I would do at home. Because, when I get back to my hotel room after workshop, and I'm totally wiped, if I have to make the salad, even if the vegetables are already cut up, I probably won't do it. If I just reach into my refrigerator and it is already there ready to go, I will eat it, and I will feel better, and I'll be so happy.

So, my invitation for you is to think about what are your stumbling blocks and how can you allow yourself, give yourself permission and grace to just take the easy way out? Buy the fruit that's already cut. Buy those vegetables that are already cut up. Buy the bagged lettuce. And, I know we can have some conversations about the plastic and the environment. And, I know, I know, I know, I know ... For this though, I just ... I want us to put our health first, and I want us to think about what can we do to make our lives easier and maybe it's not forever. When we have more time, we're willing to cut up the vegetables. It costs a little bit less. We're going to use a little bit less plastic, whatever it is, but for right now to just make the choice, what do we need to do to help ourselves in any way that we possibly can?

Oh, allow yourself to buy the pre-made hard-boiled eggs. They're not hard to make. But, you know what, if you always look at them in your fridge and you think, Oh, I should hard boil those, and I don't want to, and you never do, it's not doing you any favors. So, buy the pre-hard-boiled eggs, and then you just have them on hand. Like I said, the chicken breast or get the deli meat, so that you've got it. Anything that you can do to kind of reduce the friction if you will, that's stopping you from making those healthy choices. It's kind of like, let me loop back to last week, when we talked about drinking the stupid water, making it convenient. You know, if the water is there, you're more likely to drink it. But, if the water is nowhere to be found, but the Diet Coke is sitting right there, you're probably going to grab the Diet Coke. So, whatever you can do to make it easy, reduce the friction again. I always quote this book. Oh my goodness. If you haven't read the book, go get Atomic Habits by James Clear and just set yourself up for success.

Make it easy, do anything you can to remove those barriers and those, those stumbling blocks, if you will. So, this is your permission this week. You guys go to the grocery and go right to the section where they have all that stuff that's already covered. And, if it's at all possible, I want you to say, You know what, I'm worth it. I know it costs more, but I'm worth it. I'm going to, I'm going to treat myself to this and see if it makes a difference. Because, if you buy the fruit that costs less, but then never ended up eating it, and you throw it away. Well, that's a waste of money, too. So, maybe if you pay a little bit more that might even that alone might trigger for many of us. That'll get us to eat it. If we know we paid a little bit more. But, if you pay a little bit more, and you're not throwing it away then you're already winning and just pay attention to, does that help you really stay more in alignment with some of the health goals that you may have?

So, buy the cut up fruit. Buy the cut up veggies. Buy the pre cooked chicken. Buy the pre-cooked eggs. Whatever you need to do. Say yes. Just do it. No guilt. Let it go. You are totally worth it. As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you, Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job I get to do, and thank you to you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. I'm so stinking grateful for you. Just drink the stupid water. Buy the cut up veggies. You've got this. You're worth it. Oh, I'm cheering so hard for you. Have an amazing week squad.

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