This winter has been icky. According to the weather forecaster, its been “mild” – and while I agree that we haven’t had a lot of snow, its been freaking ass cold and windy and gross. I am pretty sure my family and everyone else we know has been more sick than usual, and we are seriously suffering from a steady case of “cabin fever”. The kids are bonkers crazy, and all I want to do is curl up on the couch and read a book while eating something sugary and warm. All thoughts of health and wellness have left our (err…my) brains, and I have done a good job of packing on a few extra layers of winter warmth, if you know what I mean…
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1. Drink More Water
Everyone knows that you should drink more water and less pop, coffee (well, coffee creamer, that is), and sugar filled drinks. But what do you do when you don’t actually like drinking water? You play the game and fake it till you make it. I find that if I keep a water bottle with a straw on hand, I am much more likely to drink water (seriously, the straw is the magical part that makes this work). Buy yourself a cute leakproof water bottle and carry it with you everywhere! They even have water bottles where you can infuse it with fruit and herbs to make it taste better.
2. Plan Ahead
When you plan out all your meals and snacks for the week, you are much less likely to make a bad choice because you are hangry. Planning ahead means you will always know exactly what to eat for lunch, an afternoon snack, and for dinner. And when you plan ahead and already have all the ingredients for dinner at home, you are less likely to spend extra money on ordering delivery pizza. For more information on how to make meal planning work wonders for you (and a sweet free printable workbook, check out my “How to Meal Plan Like A Boss” post.
Prepping things ahead of time is a great way to reduce the time it takes you to make your meals, and will ensure that you always have something ready to go at a moments notice! This works best for “grab and go” breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Pre-portion out your meals and snacks into individual containers so that you and your family literally just have to grab a container and eat! This is great for making sure you are actually eating the right portion, and makes you less likely to grab a less than healthy option because its faster.
4. Snack Smart
Snacking tends to get a bad rap, but we are total grazers in our house. We enjoy eating pretty much all day long! And I don’t think snacking is a bad thing as long as you are doing it right! As long as your snacking is also fueling your body with essential nutrients and energy, you are on the right track! I try to make sure that all our snacks include either fresh fruits and veggies, or are loaded with protein or fiber.
- Fresh veggies dipped in hummus, bean dip, or a “ranch” dip made with greek yogurt
- Fresh Fruit dipped in peanut butter and vanilla greek yogurt mixed together or alone
- Cheese sticks
- Trail mix with lots of nuts and dried fruit
5. Be Intentional
One of the best and biggest changes I have made to my eating habits has been to just be intentional about what I eat. To really think about if the food I am eating is nutritious, will keep me full, and is “worth it”. I totally don’t agree with dieting – and thinking that withholding food from your life leads to binge eating, and then guilty sad feelings. And that never helps anything. I am also a total sucker for dessert. I love a good dessert – but being intentional about what I am eating has helped me stave off mindless snacking and eating the majority of the junk food that I normally would have consumed. By only eating things when I am actually for real hungry (and keeping it to nutritious and filling snacks) and by keeping my dessert choices to those that are awesome and amazing (instead of just stuffing my face with whatever because I am bored), it has really helped me cut down on empty calories, disappointing food, and extra unwanted pounds.
So – there you have it! My top 5 tips for eating healthier!
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What are some ways that you remind yourself to be healthy in your eating?