So you made it home without stopping for take-out or going through a drive through. Now what? You haven’t prepared a meal, you haven’t had time to grocery shop and you and your family are hungry and tired after a long day at school and work. What do you do? Order Pizza!.....Noooooooo!
Just for the record, I am not totally crazy. I have children and we have our fare share of less than healthy choices, and when we do, we try to pair that with a salad or some veggies on the side. Sometimes we take the ‘good with the bad’. Another way to look at it is to apply the 80/20 rule. We should be making the right choices 80% of the time. If we fell back to pizza for convenience, my family would have pizza every night!
There are foods you have on hand that can become a healthy meal even if you are looking around your kitchen thinking this might not be the case. At the very least, there is a meal to be created that is healthier than a drive through, helps you control the portions provided and models a habit that you want your children to have; that we can eat at home and doesn’t need to a burger and fries. Most importantly, Mom is tired. Let’s make the time for cooking and clean up easy.
Take stock and survey your kitchen. What do you have?
Here are some simple suggestions and simple solutions with minor clean up and a 5 minute throw down healthy “meal”:
The point is to think about what you have at home. It doesn’t always need to be glamorous. Having frozen veggies on hand for a fall back to fresh is a simple solution. Making a sandwich at home is better than a burger, fries and soda and creates a better habit. These options are fast, quick clean ups, and achievable even after a busy day at work.
You know how it goes if you have ever tried to lose weight.
You might have that one unsuccessful day when you fall off the wagon...
How did you speak to yourself when that happened?
Was it kind?
If you have experienced that one unsuccessful day, then you might also be familiar with the weight coming off…Yea!!!...and then back on…Boo!!
After all of that hard work?! How did you speak to yourself then?
Was it kind?
Why is it that we find it easier to be kind and supportive to others more than to ourselves?
As you kick off your weight loss News Years Resolution like thousands of others, I would ask that you consider your first News Years Resolution to be “I will be kind to myself”. Then implement these 5 tips for success, being kind to yourself every step of the way.
Most of us already know what it means to eat healthier. Eating more fruits and veggies; less fats and sugars. Actually doing it, and doing it consistently, is an entirely different story. What could be missing is a little accountability, support and coaching to help you achieve.
Old habits die hard.
Creating new healthy habits take time and yes, commitment. Taking the time to create them will evolve into a lifetime of healthy habits. Although the following tips apply to overall wellness, and I firmly believe you can achieve overall wellness, these are specific to your weight loss goal for your sustainable weight loss. However, I encourage you to use them broadly for a healthy mind, body and spirit. It is all tied together anyway!
Examples of S.M.A.R.T Goals:
Most importantly, whether you are trying to lose weight or not, be kind to yourself.
Say it out loud: Be Kind to Myself.
Happy New Year from Health Inspires!
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