If you are like me, you don’t want to make a bunch of huge changes to your diet in order to get healthier. I’ve tried some bigger changes, which I will share more about next week, but for the most part, those massive changes were not helpful and it was quite difficult to stick with those changes. I have learned over the years that smaller changes are easier to make and continue on with. And they have made a difference!
I used to eat A LOT. And quite honestly, I was proud of the amount of food I could eat. In my early adulthood, my 5′ 3″ frame weighed only about 112 pounds. I was small – and it would impress people with the portion sizes I could manage. There was a local pub that had a colossal steak that if you could eat all of it, they would not charge you for it. Although I did not attempt this challenge, I was told several times that I would easily be able to do it!
I had a problem with portion control and I’ve had to purposefully put less food on my plate. This is extra hard when Marcus cooks up one of his steaks! But I have gotten a lot better.
Eat Just Enough
I also used to eat and eat until I was completely stuffed. Walking and moving around became difficult when I had that much to eat! I have learned to pay attention to my body’s signals and I stop eating when I am satisfied. Portion control also helps with this problem.
Keep It Fresh
Serve fresh veggies for lunch and dinner. Our family enjoys grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli…and various other fresh, raw vegetables during meal time. We will occasionally cook vegetables like corn, asparagus or potatoes – or put veggies in a stir-fry, but for the most part, our veggies are enjoyed raw. The kids all prefer them raw and they are so much easier to prepare! We wash and cut a bunch and keep them in a container in the fridge, making it quick to pull out for meals (or snacks).
Be A Master Home Cook
Make your own meals at home. I am so very blessed to have a husband who loves to cook and since he works from home, we have the luxury of good, home cooked meals every day. He has taken the time to perfect his skills and he likes to add a lot of great flavor to dishes.
When you have delicious, home-cooked meals, you will less likely to go out to eat. I understand that this can be more challenging if both husband and wife work outside the home, but with some planning and a bit of work, eating home-cooked meals can happen.
Preparing a huge batch of frozen meals is a great way to get home-cooked meals on your table. I have used most of the recipes in the cookbook “The Big Cook” for my frozen meals. The “Don’t Panic, Dinner’s in the Freezer” books also have fantastic recipes for the freezer. Loony Spoons is just another one of my favorite cookbooks.
So, try freezer meals, they are great!
If You Must Eat Out
About a year ago, I made a quick stop at McDonald’s for one of their new chicken burgers. I was hungry and I knew it would be a while before I got home. I needed something to eat. So, I foolishly pulled into the drive-thru. I knew with my first bite that I was going to seriously regret buying the flavorless sandwich. I did not enjoy it one bit. What a waste – of both money and calories! I wished I had waited a bit longer and got something at home. This is what happens, though, when you have mouth-watering meals at home – most other food tastes boring.
My husband and I have learned that if we are going to have something to eat out of the home, then it has to be absolutely scrumptious. No more lousy food that makes me want to barf. Seriously. I wanted to rid my body of the fast food burger that tasted horribly! If we are going to get something not cooked at home, it’s going to be worth every penny and worth every calorie! And those restaurants are hard to find;)
My hubby has been using the T-fal ActiFry appliance for cooking potatoes, chicken wings and button ribs. For our potatoes, he cuts them into chunks, tosses them in a little bit of olive oil. He adds various spices and herbs and then ‘fries’ them in the fryer. Chicken wings are just as easy with a bit of oil, salt and pepper. And then there are button ribs. Oh, boy! If you have never had button ribs, you are missing out! My hubby puts fresh lemon juice and pink Himalayan salt (healthier salt!) on his ribs and they are so good! The T-fal ActiFry uses less oil for cooking and it is so easy to use. Saves times as well.
I have 6 more simple changes you can make in your diet in order to eat healthier that I will share next week. Do you have any simple changes that you can add to my list?
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