You are what you eat No, you feel how you eat.
Part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as frequently is that we simply have not been being healthy as frequently. In the beginning of my weight loss journey I vowed to not be one of those people who puts all of the weight back on. Unfortunately, I have put SOME (about 20 pounds) of the weight I lost back on since our wedding. I am holding myself accountable for this, and hitting the reset button right now. I haven’t been active with Weight Watcher’s so I am officially signing back up today. Weight Watcher’s is not the only way to be healthy and lose weight, but I know it’s what works for me, and has worked for many others.
Myself, and hopefully my husband too will also be sticking to these tips for eating healthy, and continuing to eat healthy long-term.
1. Plan Ahead. Planning ahead is critical to both long and short term success of eating healthy. Plan what you will eat for all meals, and snacks either daily or weekly. Plan and create a grocery list. If you know you may be eating out, check out the menu and make a smart choice before hand. Plan ahead when you will work out, have me time, do house work etc. Being well prepared also helps to reduce stress, stress can add to weight gain…moral of the story, plan ahead. Oh, and sometimes life throws us a curve ball, so don’t get upset if your plans don’t go as intended.
2. There is a Difference Between Need and Want. My parents used to say this to us quite a bit growing up. It’s even more true when it comes to your body and eating. Think of food as fuel. Your body needs fuel to function, it merely WANTS all the other stuff. Eat foods that will fuel your body. Eat because your body needs it, not because your brain wants it.
3. Track What You Eat. Whether you count points, count calories, or just write down what you ate, tracking can turn into a resourceful tool for you. When you track, you have something to refer back to which allows you to see why you were or were not successful. It helps you to notice if you struggle with eating at a particular point of the day. Tracking also helps you to remember your favorites. It also helps to track your weight and body measurements to monitor your progress.
4. Ask Yourself, “Are you hungry?” before eating. When you ask yourself that question, it forces you to think about what you are about to eat. How do you know if you are really hungry or not? You could ask yourself, “Am I hungry enough to eat and apple?” If you answer no, then you probably shouldn’t eat that tempting snack. If you answer yes, then your body needs something to fuel it.
5. Be Mindful of How Much You Are Eating. Portion control is an issue for many of us. In my book, there is a difference in eating a large healthy meal, and a large unhealthy meal. Think about what it is you’re eating, and what a serving should be. Use measuring tools when at home. When eating out (typically the portions are HUGE) use the eat half now, eat half later rule.
6. Learn How to Cook.When you cook at home you know exactly what’s in your food. You have control over it all. Once you are familiar with your favorite ingredients you can throw a lot of yummy dishes together. Cooking at home good for your body and good for your wallet.
7. Ask Questions. When you eat out, ask questions. Ask to see nutritional information if it isn’t already posted. Ask how things are cooked, baked, boiled, cooked in oil etc. Ask for substitutions. Most restaurants are more than willing to accommodate, but it can take courage to ask. Ask your doctor questions about healthy eating. Ask others questions, but prepare yourself that you may not like their answers.
8. Monitor your fluid intake. Water, water, water. Drink enough of it every day. Lay off of the other drinks including sodas, alcohol, and other sugar drinks. Limit artificially sweetened drinks as well. Be aware of how much water you should be drinking, and space it out throughout the day.
9. Keep it Healthy in Other Areas.I have found that when I am healthy in other areas, I am more apt to continue to eat healthy. Exercise to keep your body healthy. In the area of hygiene, brush 2 times a day, floss daily, use a body lotion, facial lotion to keep your skin looking healthy (and reduce stretch marks/sagging skin if you are losing weight). Keep your mind healthy, make time for yourself, to be social and to relax. All systems of our body work together like a machine, so we need to keep them all healthy.
10. Surround Yourself With Positive.Finding people who support you can, for some, make or break healthy eating. The best option is to be able to surround yourself with others who are also eating healthy. This isn’t always possible. Thank goodness for social networking. Check facebook to find groups that have similar health goals and support one another. Part of surrounding yourself with positive if being positive about yourself. Use positive talk, celebrate small achievements.
So here is to a new start. Looking forward to not needing to squeeze into my clothes every morning. I want to need to wear that belt that’s hanging in my closet!