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My Tips for Eating Well Consistently

Between the women in my family, friends, the ladies in my bible study class and the women that attend my fitness classes I talk to a lot of women in the course of a week about getting in shape. Everyone has their own struggle with living a healthier lifestyle but the one thing I find that we all have in common is eating well. Today I want to share how I set myself up for success in the kitchen.

This is how I make eating the right foods easy.

This first tip is not a shocker. I buy the things that I want to eat. Sounds so fundamental that it's probably not worth mentioning but the flip side to this tip is the real reason I even mention this at all.

I do not buy things that I know will be a sense of temptation for me.

Once upon a time I was a huge soda drinker. At any moment you could stick a fork in me and Dr. Pepper would ooze from my veins. It took me a long time to break myself from that habit. These days I opt for healthier carbonated beverages. I get the fizz without all the added preservatives and sugar.

You must find substitutes for the things you truly enjoy. I loved having a nice cold soda. I found a sub that I'm happy with. This is what making a lifestyle change is about. It's not about depriving yourself for the rest of your life. It's about knowing what you like and how to enjoy those things on a healthier level.

The next thing I do is meal plan. If you've been following me for a while you know I meal plan for my family a month at a time. It takes about an hour or so out of my time every 30 days to sit down and do this but it keeps me from making bad decisions in the kitchen. I am hardly ever hangry.

I can thank my meal plan for that.

Meal planning allows me to schedule what we'll have for breakfast and dinner everyday. My daughter and my husband take leftovers for lunch to work and school. I eat salad or leftovers for lunch depending on my mood and how much leftovers are left over after making their two lunches.

When we get hangry that's where we find ourselves making poor choices. When you're past hungry you'll reach for anything or eat whatever is the most convenient option. This is why I live by rules 1 and 2. I do not buy things that aren't good for me. I plan to eat well for an entire month all at once.

This ensures that I always have something healthy to eat. Of course there are days when I don't want to eat what I have but the thought of loading three children in the car for a trip to the store or a restaurant never outweighs my desire to give in to that craving. I never want anything that bad.

I not only monitor what I eat but I also monitor how much I'm eating. I have been using these containers for a while now. I don't use them for every single meal anymore but I use them when I need to. Like taco night. Taco Tuesdays are your best friend or your worst enemy. Even when you're eating all the right things your portions can keep you from seeing results. Practice portion control in addition to eating well (and working out) and you'll make progress on and off the scale.

This is what I plan to eat this week:

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and agave nectar, banana

Lunch: Salad - Green leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, english cucumber, pumpkin seeds, red onion w/ roasted chicken or Taco toppings

Dinner: Whatever is on our menu... Our meals support my meal plan. 

So what do you think? Does this help at all?

Remember that eating right is the biggest aspect of losing weight. You'd have to live in the gym (and actually use it) to beat a bad diet. You'd have to be Michael Phelps. Or Michael Jordan (in his prime). Or Mike Tyson. Or Mike MyHusband, who has to maintain a certain level of physical fitness for work. His body only gets better with age. It's not fair.

NTway, this is how I set myself up for success. It's nothing ground breaking, just discipline. You can do it too! Let me know what else you'd like to see me share here or on social media that you feel would help your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle.

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