How was your weekend? We had a great one out here in the Okanagan Valley. Some beautiful weather combined with a birthday bbq, a Canucks playoff game and lots of work getting the facility ready.
Regarding the facility…you’re going to love it! It’s a great open space, centrally located with some fun and interesting training equipment. We will have a full line of competition kettlebells (up to 48 kg!) and more squat racks and platforms that anywhere in town. Kind of makes me laugh when you think our training facility will be ahead of all the big-box gyms on day 1 in this area.
But anyways, that’s not what I wanted to share with you today. Instead I wanted to talk a little about time and results.
Two things that we always wish we had more of. Not many people I know or work with go around saying ‘I just have so much free time’. Instead they are always looking for ways to be more efficient, get more done and enjoy life.
Going hand in hand with having more time is the goal of seeking better results. If we are pressed for time we know that can’t afford to waste time on anything. We have to have a system in place that allows us the opportunity to apply the best information in the best way possible.
And sometimes we need to find ways to steal some time here and there.
Because finding an extra 30 minutes during your day could be the difference between getting a workout and not.
It could be the difference between moving you closer to your goal or not.
Think about all the meals you have to plan out, shop for, prepare and then eat during week.
Then throw in multiple family members, food preferences, travel and varying schedules and it can sometimes seem like too much.
So I love it when there is something that makes everything a little easier for us. Something that buys us a little time. And moves us closer to our goal.
This something is eating peas and lentils.
What? How is eating a particular food supposed to save me time? How will this help realizing my goal more of a reality.
Part of the preparation for many beans and lentils is to soak them. And the nice thing about soaking these foods is that it doesn’t require heat or your attention.
So you can simply fill a pot with them and sleep on it. The next day you can drain the water and use the beans and lentils for a variety of recipes and uses from soups, to chilis or as a side with with your rice and protein.
Besides being easy to prep beans and lentils are great because:
Benefit #1 – They are a good source of protein.
Benefit #2 – They are high in fibre.
Benefit #3 – They are low in sugar, cholesterol and sodium.
Benefit #4 – They are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and a couple of the B vitamins.
Benefit #5 – The water taken up during soaking reduces the energy density, meaning fewer calories are consumed.
Add to all these benefits the fact that beans and lentils are relatively inexpensive and store well and you’ve got a great food to add to your shopping list.
If you’re not already in the habit of eating beans & lentils give them a try. And if you are let me know what your favourite way of eating them is.
Chris okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’