Getting Past the Point of No Return!
Watching what you eat is a pain in the neck, to put it politely. No one wants to count calories or look at portion size, it feels awkward and tedious, not to mention unsatisfying. Getting past the point of no return, means you have emotionally accepted that healthy eating is part of your lifestyle. For some that takes a very short amount of time, for others it can feel like forever. I know myself it becomes a battle of will for me.
Take for example the sugar I love to put in my coffee in the morning. I know sugar is not good for me, it doesn't nourish my body at all, in fact it hurts my body, but it taste so good. I have compromised, I now use Domino Lite which is a blend of sugar and stevia, half the bad stuff and half the calories! I am comfortable making that compromise, maybe in the future I will be able to just use stevia as a sweetener. Even though I do eat sugar I am still committed to a healthy eating plan.
I make up a weekly meal plan so I have more options available to me. I am cooking for a family as well as myself so I have to have foods that we all like. I do use the grocery ads to help jiggle my brain as to what I want to eat this coming week. Of course we have our favorites that are repeated.
My healthy meal plan tips would be:
- Use smaller dinner plates
- Fill up half your plate with colorful vegetables
- Lean proteins and beans are a must
- Fruits as desserts – you can make them into so really nice desserts
- Planned snacks – yes we all need them
- Nuts – energies best friend
- Dairy products – use low fat ones – or switch to dairy alternatives such as soy or almond milk
- Grains – I discovered spelt, quinoa, brown rice and bulgar,
- Stay away from white foods – potato’s, white bread, white sugar etc.
- Drink lots of clean water
I could go on and on with the different ideas that I put together to get me over the hump of healthy eating, but my favorite tip is find out what you like then use it. Expand on the food variety, try it as a replacement in recipes.
The worse thing that can happen is you don’t like and you try something different. Give yourself permission to not like and trash it. Most of us have a hard time throwing away food but when trying something new don’t eat if you don’t like it.
Get past the point of no return by trying different foods and experimenting with them. Stretch your diet to include healthy foods in a healthy eating plan. You won't regret the struggle.
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