I started an awesome diet (more of healthy eating habits or lifestyle change) and lost 5 pounds a while ago. Since then I fell off the wagon. I managed to maintain my weight loss (I was still KIND OF following some of the healthy eating) but as a single working mom who had a ton of traveling going on I just couldn’t keep up with the food prep. Plus I had to grab foods on the way out-of-state or I’d be running late in the morning (I’m out the door at 6 am) and end up at work with only local restaurants or our vending machine to choose my meals from.
Happily I have started my new diet back up again but this time I’m prepared for what life throws at me and have learned some tricks on how to eat healthy when you’re a super busy woman.
Healthy Eating Habits for Breakfast:
- Keep high fiber cereal in your home. It is such an easy way to get the carbs you need in the morning.
- Make oatmeal in your crock pot. You can make it for the whole family if you put it on the night before or make a big batch for yourself and eating it throughout the week.
- Hard boil eggs for the whole week. If you want to use this as your fat you can eat the yolks but if you just want protein you can eat only the white.
- Blend fruit and yogurt together and freeze as a popsicle for an easy protein and fruit combo on a hot day when you don’t feel like eating breakfast.
- Cut up fruit the night before. Because I know I’m kidding myself if I think I’ll do it in the morning when every minute is precious.
- Keep apples or raspberries or blueberries in the house. Because those don’t take any work. You just put them in your mouth.
Healthy Eating Habits for Snacks:
- I keep a jar of all natural peanut butter and brown rice cakes in my desk drawer.
Healthy Eating Habits for Lunch:
- Buy a bunch of chicken breast and grill it up. I also measure my portions and put on a big plate in my fridge.
- Buy those big boxes of salads. I grab a handful every morning throw it in a bowl grab a piece of already cooked grilled chicken and throw it on top. Voila! Lunch is made!
- I leave my salad dressing at work so I’m not tempted to use ranch or any other fatty dressings.
- I bought 25 jars of sweet potato baby food for the month which is now in my desk for my carb at lunch. It’s actually pretty good and you can’t beat the nutritional value or the ease of having something ready and measure for you.
Healthy Eating Habits for Dinner:
Dinner is where I struggle because I’m a foodie. I love making good dinner plus I live with my 13-year-old son who loves to eat (he gets that from his mama). I have learned how to make delicious meals and how to make sure my son is getting the carbs he needs even though I’m not eating carbs with my dinner.
- Flank steak or filet mignon is our weekly treat (usually flank steak because it’s much cheaper). It keeps me going to know I get to eat this AND it’s on my diet.
- Sautéed shrimp. I buy a big bag for the month and it’s pretty easy to dole out portions with shrimp. Soooo good and good for you.
- Fish. I love salmon, tilapia, and cod. To cook it all I do is sweet a little lemon juice on it and bake. Easy, healthy, and friendly on your waistline. You can also make enough for left overs.
- Sometimes if I want something sweet I’ll have a protein shake which I make with almond milk and cinabon protein. It tastes like a milk shake. I seriously love these things and so does my son. NOTE: I hate Cinabuns and am not crazy about cinnamon either so even if you don’t like those flavors I would recommend giving this a try. PLUS almond milk has twice the calcium as regular milk.
- If I’m tired I can grab a piece of grilled chicken that already in my fridge or have some egg white from my hard-boiled eggs.
- I always have a nice big salad with my dinner and add carrots and cucumbers (LOVE cucumbers).
- I cut up tons of veggies in the beginning of the week and leave them in my fridge so I can sautee them which includes some combo of mushrooms, onions, spinach, broccoli, grated carrots, summer squash, and zucchini. Sometimes I make extra and put it in a baggie before dishing out so that I have ready-made veggies for an egg white omelet the next day.
- I bought a bunch of brown rice cups in individual servings that I can make for my son or he can make for himself. I also taught him how to make baked potatoes and sweet potatoes (I can’t make potatoes for him or I WILL eat them. I have zero will power when it comes to potatoes).
Healthy Eating Habits for Dessert:
- I keep tons of sugar-free jello around. I used to make it but the prepackaged ones are easier and don’t let you eat too much. Both at my house and at work. JUST IN CASE! Hey, sometimes I need a sweet fix!
So I started these new changes only a week ago and I have already noticed a difference. This diet used to be such a burden and I felt like I was spending so much time preparing food. Now it’s easy and I have NO excuses! I’ve lost 3 pounds between Monday and Thursday. Not too bad!
What are your tips to make weight loss/healthy eating easier? Please share your healthy eating habits in the comments because I’d love to learn more!
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