You Have Time to Eat Healthy, But Will You?


Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

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“Mmmmm, your lunch smells so good and you’re always so healthy! I would love to be like that, but I just don’t have time.”

“You have home made dinners every night? You’re my idol! I’d love to be able to cook every day, but I just don’t have time.”

“I would eat all the healthy food in the world if I just had time for it!”

I’ve heard it all. Believe me. I get it. You’re busy. “You don’t have time.”

I’m sorry, but that’s just a load of bull and deep down inside you know it! We all have the same number of hours in the day and we all choose to use them in certain ways. If you don’t choose to use your time in a way that allows you to eat healthy, than that is a choice you are making. You have the exact same amount of time as the rest of us do.

Here’s a little insight to my life.

  • I work full time, 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week.
  • I also operate this blog and it’s subsidiary media (social media, side projects like building a magazine, etc) which takes an average of 15 hours a week.
  • I am also a freelance graphic designer, which consumes an additional 15 hours a week approximately.
    • That translates into a 70 hour work week.
  • My commute to work takes up 2 hours a day, 4 days a week (I work from home one day a week, so no commute), for a grand total of 8 hours per week.
  • I also exercise. I believe in a fit body as strongly as I believe in nutrition, so there goes another 5ish hours a week.
  • I like to keep my home clean, and I am somehow a very messy person, so that honestly takes up another 5ish hours a week.
  • I am hygienic, so I’d say about 45 minutes a day goes to showering, brushing my teeth, etc.
  • I try to get 7 hours of sleep a day, which takes up a whopping 49 hours out of my week.

There are 168 hours in a week. I’ve already accounted for 142.25 hours. Which still leaves me with 25.75 hours a week to feed myself and maintain some balance of a social life. I am considered by most people to be a work-o-holic and if I can figure out how to eat healthy, you sure can!

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So I have a challenge for you. Two actually.

It’s Time to Eat Healthy Challenges

  • Challenge #1: Figure out your hours. Work out exactly how much time you spend working, and cleaning and sleeping and doing the necessities of life. Subtract that from the 168 hours we all get in a week. What you’re left with is all the extra hours you could be using to eat healthy and live healthy so that you can live longer and happier and gain more hours in your LIFE.
  • Challenge #2: Download and read my free eBook, How to Be Busy AND Healthy.

Ok, I have one more challenge for you.

  • Challenge #3: Write me an email or leave a comment below to answer me one question with completely honesty – deep-down, soul searching kind of truth: Do you really not HAVE the time to eat healthy, or are you choosing not to USE your time to eat healthy? I already know the answer, but you need to do your own work to figure it out. And then keep coming back here to learn more about how you can get to a place where eating healthy becomes the best part of your day.

No lies, I have a friend who consistently says to me, “Monique, I wish I loved anything in life as much as you love your food.” Because I really do LOVE my food – and it’s ridiculously healthy food.

Post Author: Monique Nelson

Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

6 thoughts on “You Have Time to Eat Healthy, But Will You?


    (September 13, 2016 - 3:53 pm)

    This was awesome. Its true how people just look at you in awe when you eat healthy and wonder how you do it ( some think you’re just a shut-in with no social life lol) Truth be told- once you’ve set your priorities straight, you will make time for it.

      Monique Nelson

      (September 26, 2016 - 7:27 pm)

      Thanks Joshua! I absolutely and totally agree with you – it’s all about priorities. Every time you choose what to eat or what activity to do in your spare time, you are choosing a priority. That priority can be long-term health and happiness, or it can be short-lived indulgence that often leads to regret. How do you want to live your life? The other great thing is that health is incredibly addicting! Once you start treating your body right, it thanks you in spades and every day is easier than the last! 🙂


    (August 10, 2016 - 8:33 pm)

    And I thought my day was packed! I think there are tons of ways to eat healthy these days without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For instance, I am able to get farm fresh produce boxes delivered to my work weekly. I use these to ensure I have healthy fruit and salad-making items in my office or the kitchen here at work at all times.

      Monique Nelson

      (August 10, 2016 - 8:59 pm)

      I love that the produce boxes get delivered to your work! That is a brilliant way to get your groceries done without even having to shop or be home for the delivery guy even! I walk home with my pup, #OssaThePug, otherwise I would absolutely steal this idea! Having it just to keep in the office is even better…and that I might have to look into! I can’t believe I never thought of it before!


    (August 10, 2016 - 8:07 pm)

    Our dinners are always healthy – its just a shame about the packets of biscuits afterwards 🙂

      Monique Nelson

      (August 10, 2016 - 9:01 pm)

      Nobody is perfect, and I don’t see any problem with a little indulgence after dinner! There are plenty of easy, “healthy” homemade dessert options that are a step up from anything that comes in a package and that should cause NO GUILT at all! In fact, that just might be a post topic in the near future!

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