I have gained 20 pounds in the past few months. Just to clarify, that's a 2 and a 0.
Here's the thing: I've never been super sensitive about my weight. I've always been on the edge of overweight, and it's never really bothered me. My weight has been pretty steady for the longest time. Sure, maybe I'd like to lose ten pounds, but I'm not going to cry over it.
20 pounds later, I'm still not crying, but I am starting to get a little concerned.
So I'm compiling a list of the weighs (haha, get it?) that I'm trying to be more conscious about how I eat, and I figured, with all the COVID weight America's been gaining, it might help someone else too! Plus, the holidays are coming, so I think we could all use a little encouragement in the healthy eating department ;)
1. Freeze Desserts
I made cookies last night for myself and my friends. And they aren't gone. I've got about two dozen cookies in my fridge waiting to be devoured. And they're GOOD.
So, I've decided to freeze them. I actually knew a family that froze their cookies because when cookies are cold they taste more like cookie dough. True story.
But, I'm doing it because I'll have to consciously decide I'm going to have dessert, and I'll have to let the cookies thaw out a bit before I eat one. I can individually package them too, so I'm not jumping into eating a bunch at a time.
I've done this with cake in the past; rather than freeze the whole remaining cake, freeze individual slices. That way, you don't have to thaw the whole thing out and that means you have more opportunity to eat in moderation.
2. Don't Skip Meals
I have this problem where I get really engaged in what I'm doing and then I don't eat. I'm doing it right now; excuse me while I go grab my lunch.
I also have friends who skip meals because the last one they had was too fatty, sugary, etc.
Here's the problem: our bodies work in rhythms. So if your body gets used to being starved after you ate that fatty meal, guess what? It's going to hold on to that fat like there's no tomorrow!
Establish healthy rhythms for your eating and when you do over indulge a bit, don't skip the next meal. Eat it to let your body know it's OK to let go of that fat!
3. Keep Healthy Food In Your House
This seems like a no-brainer, yet I constantly feel like I need to have ice cream in my house. News flash: I don't.
My husband and I have learned that if there is easy-to-prep/no prep junk food in the house, that's what we'll eat first. If we have easy-to-prep/no prep healthy food in the house, we debate going to the store. So the key is, in that moment, don't go to the store!
If the junk food is there, you will eat it! If it's all healthy food, we will resign to eating something that's good for us. And our bodies will thank us.
4. Label Your Food
Confession Time: I wait for healthy food to go bad so that I have to pitch it. I know, it's a total waste of time and money.
But, when I label healthy leftovers with the date I made them, I'm more likely to eat them before they go bad because I can't claim ignorance.
It's the same thing with almond milk, fruits, and salad. If I have a reasonable understanding of when they might go bad in my head, I'll eat them.
5. Write Down What's Available
I have a dry-erase board on my fridge that I have used on occasion to write down what we have to eat. It's a great system because I don't have to stand with the fridge open and my husband doesn't have to try to guess what's in containers.
It also kills the desire to go to the store or get fast food, because you can't lie to yourself and say there's no food in the house. You literally have a list in front of you.
6. Meal Plan
Alright, I'm just going to admit, I'm really bad at this. Like REALLY BAD.
Mostly because I choose recipes and plan meals that when it's time to make, I don't really have any interest in making or eating.
I've countered this by having multiple meals planned at once. So for the week I'll plan six dinners and once we get through four or five of them, I kind of know which ones I'm not interested in cooking. So I make a new list and I start the process over again.
7. Eat Slower
I used to teach toddlers, so I have a serious problem with eating too quickly. It's actually scary to look at the clock while I'm eating because I can eat a burger and fries in less than two minutes.
Whether you have kids or not, life is busy. And when we're hungry, all we can think about is getting that food in us as fast as we can!
Try eating slower and see if that changes how much you eat, or when you eat. I definitely eat less when I eat slower, and I eat when I'm actually hungry later because I'm respecting my body's natural eating rhythm and not stuffing my face.
So those are my ideas. What do you do around your house to help you and your family eat healthier? Comment below to help me out!
With Love Always,