Healthy Lifestyle or are you a Failed Dieter?
A failed dieter is someone who has tried this diet or that diet, only to crash and burn! It can be especially hard to make healthy choices when no one else around you is trying to be healthy, or you go to a restaurant and your appetite thinks you just can’t be satisfied with a “lighter” choice, or fresh fruits and veggies just aren’t as accessible as something like a bag of chips are.
10 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Grocery Day=Planning Day
Think of different meals for the week when buying your groceries. Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, but don’t go overboard, because fresh produce doesn’t last long.
Eat What is on Sale
When strawberries are buy-one-get-one-free, I eat strawberries that week. When it’s blueberries, I eat blueberries. This keeps me from getting burnt out on just one thing, and it helps to save money! But what about those weeks when you’re just CRAVING something that’s not on sale?
Freeze half of your produce
As previously mentioned, when strawberries are buy one get one free at the grocery store, I buy strawberries. I really like strawberries, and I’ll probably eat two containers by myself over the course of the week. To save money, I will buy four containers, slice up the rest, and put them in a freezer bag for later!
I also do this with vegetables like bell peppers and onions, too. It’s so nice to buy things cheaply and then be able to have it whenever you need it.
Containers and portion bags are your best friends
Whenever I buy groceries, I go ahead and portion out items I would like as a side or a snack into small containers or snack bags. If I get snacks like chips or crackers, I count out 100 calories-worth and put in a snack bag. Then I put all the snack bags back in the box and return to my cabinet.
It makes it so easy when I want something munchie or I’m packing lunches for the day! And if it’s convenient, you’re more apt to grab it than something that will take awhile to prepare.
Stop eating out
I used to eat out all the time. For lunch and for dinner. Sometimes for breakfast too. Because it was easier to hit a drive-through than to make something at home, and at dinner time, I didn’t want to be home cooking and doing dishes after working all day. Now, I make so much ahead of time, it doesn’t really take that long to whip up anything.
To save time I recently bought an air fryer which makes preparing and cooking meals a breeze. This little nifty cooker you can roast, grill, and even bake which has open up a whole world of foods I can make.
I even fill muffin tins with egg whites and cook them and my turkey bacon on the weekends so that I can add them to a Sandwich Thin and a slice of low fat cheese and stick it in the toaster oven for breakfast instead of a bacon egg and cheese biscuit from McDonald’s. Not eating out saves you money, calories, and unnecessary preservatives. If you are going to eat out, check out the Failed Dieter’s healthy fast food guide!
Don’t deprive yourself
It has been much easier for me to make substitutions than to not let myself have anything. Brown rice instead of white rice. Grilled instead of fried. Stevia instead of sugar. Nonfat Greek Yogurt instead of butter or mayo.
I still make foods like mac-n-cheese, but now I make it with hidden veggie pasta, nonfat cream cheese, and low fat cheddar instead of white pasta, butter, and an entire bag of cheese. It’s still great-tasting, I just eat less and make it not as bad for me.
Eat all day long
By the time I get off work, I have eaten four times. A typical day might look like this: Greek yogurt with granola and almonds for breakfast, 100 calories of crackers around 11, a grilled chicken salad wrap for lunch, some sliced strawberries at 3:30.
Then I walk after work and come home and make a sensible dinner with lots of vegetables. I used to always be starving by the time I got off work and would cram as much in my face as possible. But neither the hubby nor I feel the need to do that anymore. So then we have leftovers for lunch the next day!
“Don’t Let a Lapse turn into a Relapse”
I read this phrase years ago, and it was always the hardest one for me. Sometimes you are going to get put in a situation where there is nothing good you can eat. After my nephew’s funeral, the church made all this delicious, fried, carby goodness for the family to eat. The only vegetables were green beans and creamed corn, and I’m pretty sure even they were loaded down with ham and butter. I was grieving, and I wasn’t thinking too much about calories in that particular moment. I just made sure I stopped after one plate and only got a tiny plate of dessert.
Once upon a time, this would totally derail me and I would eat horribly from then on out. Now, I just have to accept that it was a bad meal and move on. The next meal, I was extra good to make up for the last meal. And after that, I was right back on track.
Take a “Fat Picture”
It can be really difficult to take a “before” picture. I know, I stay constantly in denial about my size and weight! However, you will regret it if you don’t do it! It will be a great motivator and a great way to see your progress later on. Trust me on this one.
Make things as easy on yourself as possible
If I am not able to save money and time, I have a hard time staying on track. Therefore, I have to make eating healthy just as convenient and inexpensive as eating unhealthily. I’m very keen on being efficient, but I’m also lazy, which has gotten me into this mess in the first place! However, being lazy can actually help you come up with better ways of doing things.
I believe baby steps are the best way of reaching your goal. Don’t they say you have to crawl before you can walk? If you start off running, you might fall and break your neck. Take comfort in knowing that starting with small changes can lead to some really large and wonderful changes for the better.
What are some things you have learned to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Let us know in the comments section below!
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