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Diligence, Not Effort

By Chef Craig Rodger

New years resolutions are just around the corner! And if your resolutions are anything like mine, they’re often easier to break than a hallway mirror. The Fat Professor (aka Prof Grant Schofield) is a wise old crow, one of his sage “Grant-isms” I particularly like is “diligence not effort”. The idea is about putting your (finite) effort and willpower into laying the groundwork for the task or challenge you are about to undertake. This takes the effort and hardship out of the task and means your willpower isn’t being constantly winnowed away to the point where you rebel against your inner drill sergeant and cast away the resolution and fight it out another time.

So how can we be more diligent when it comes to eating and preparing LCHF food?

  • Make batches – Make 1kg batches of no-grainola for breakfast time. Make it on a day off – it takes 20 minutes to prepare and will last at least a fortnight. Chia seed pudding is another great staple to have in the fridge for quick and easy breakfasts.
  • Buy bigger sizes – Get as big a size as your cash flow allows in pans, containers and tupperware. It saves time, it’s cheaper in the long run and it gives you options in the fridge or freezer.
  • Don’t go too long without food! – Make sure to eat breakfast or lunch when you know you have a big day ahead or when your day might include restrictions on your free movement for example if you’re travelling or at a conference.

    Yoghurt with berries

  • Fall back on the snack – Yoghurt, nuts (a small handful), some cooked fish or meat, boiled eggs or crustless quiches, biltong (Caryn’s recipe will be up soon), cheese, vegetables with mayo or pesto, fresh or frozen berries. These are all great snacks that have a good shelf life.
  • Cook extra – It won’t go to waste and it doesn’t take much longer to do, in fact that’s the point. You end up saving time and effort as your hard work gives you a better rate of return. You can still control portions by putting the extra food into containers and serving your regular amount.

When I set resolutions now I set myself the task of diligently working at taking the effort out of lifestyle changes and by concentrating on the easy stuff that’s right in front of my face instead of focusing on the things at the top of the mountain.

As the Fat Prof. says, “it’s easy to overestimate what we can achieve in the short-term when we make big changes that take a lot of effort, but we vastly underestimate what we can achieve in the long-term with small, manageable changes that are easy to stick to.”

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