19 Cup Holders

Let’s start out with some math. If a car holds 8 people and 19 cup holders, how many minutes can the passengers last between bathroom breaks?

The number of cup holders built into cars has long been a key feature and selling point in the US auto market. A recent Wall Street Journal article crowns a Subaru SUV model as the champ with space for 19 drinks! Even if we use a couple for change and sunglasses, do we really need all 19? Could we be drinking too much? Talk about distracted driving.

This is one of a thousand examples we could come up with to illustrate mindless eating or specifically mindless drinking.

When we’re not paying attention to our food or beverages, we’re not enjoying them. Are we so dehydrated or so busy that we can’t take a break and sit down and enjoy a cup of joe or tea or water? Don’t get me started on pop, juice, energy drinks or sports drinks in those cup holders…

Not paying attention to our food typically means we eat faster and ignore any of our body’s own perfectly calibrated signals that tell us we’re full. We’re satisfied. We’ve had enough.

The convenience of the cup holders (which are growing in size to accommodate our GIANT sodas) are encouraging us to drink more.

Drink less in the car to be safe and to be well,


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Drinking from the fire hose

Heard some feedback: OK, you’ve convinced us eating at home is important, but what should I make?…I know I should plan meals but I need help with that…Eating at home is more complicated than you think.

Well, I could certainly tell you to Google “meal planning”, but, I swear, that is like drinking from the fire hose.

Too much information. Too much bad information. Those internet searches make things more complicated than they have to be and then distracting. How many times do you search for a new red sauce recipe and end up shopping at Zappos? Or is that just me?

One very simple way to get started with meal planning is to sit down with the family (so you get some “buy in”). Make a 7 or 14 day template and then fill in the blanks GENERICALLY.

Some generic options that may suit you are: southwest cuisine, pasta, sandwich, breakfast for dinner, soup, pizza, slow cooker, Italian, stir fry, Mexican, burger, Korean, chicken, Mediterranean, salad. Any of those options and whatever else you can come up with can become healthy meals.

Using pasta as an example you can create a vegetarian option, a fish option, a noodle made out of zucchini option…so giving each dinner meal a basic category lets you clear that first hurdle easily. Leftovers make for an easy lunch and you’re set. No food rut for you, yet enough variety that you won’t be bored.

No need for complicated rigid meal plans; be creative to be well,






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