Develop Habits of Success
Want to lose weight but do not know where to start? Did you know good habits are developed in meal planning?
Have the right plan to lose weight, fat, inches or even manage your current weight. It is not only about exercise but how you eat. There is a so much temptation with all the junk food in the grocery stories and on television commercials.
Along with this article read getting lean with 9 more tips. When you combine different methods to your daily habits you have a higher chance to guarantee yourself success.
Meal Planning For Success
Get Family Input On Healthy Meal Ideas
Meal planning for a family can be fun. If there is just you and your spouse or even kids, two and older, everyone should get involved.
Each family member can choose what they want to eat. This not only helps reinforce healthy habits but it teaches each family member to be responsible for the other persons results.
Plan A Weekly Menu
Once the family has gotten together and thought of healthy foods they can enjoy for the week, it is time to do some meal planning for the week.
Decided what you will have for breakfast, lunch, supper/dinner and snacks. The important thing here to is to remember to eat the right about of calories for each person.
Men, women and children require a different amount of fats, carbs and proteins throughout the day. Note, eat the correct portion sizes to stay within your calorie count.
Check Flyers For Sales
I usually do not check the flyers for sales but this is a good way to save money and find healthy food options.
It can also help you develop healthy meal plan ideas before you develop your grocery list.
Develop A Grocery List With Healthy Food Options
For the most part we have all been to the grocery store. A good rule of thumb is to eat foods the are on the outside walls of the story. This means fruits, vegetables, meats and some dairy options.
There are great options in the middle aisles but they require you take one extra step. Read the food labels.
Make a list of all the foods you are going to buy at the grocery store. Take a pen and cross each item off the list.
Shop On A Weeknight Not Weekend
Grocery stores tend to be less busy after 7:30pm. Go then. This allows you to take your time when shopping and reading food labels.
Usually by 7:30pm you would have eaten. This will help you stick to your grocery list for your weekly meal plan.
For many of us the weekend is when we get lots of things accomplished. Unfortunately, we may skip a meal here and there. When go shopping on the weekend, you may have skipped a meal, and your old habits tell you to grab a bag of chips and snack because you will not have time to eat later.
Buy Groceries 3 to 4 Days At A Time
I know you have probably been on Instagram and seen people meal planning and prepping for a week at a time. Those people have already developed the habit of eating well and buying health food.
This article is to help you make better food choices. The best way to do that is to develop the habit to buy and cook healthy food regularly.
Once you have mastered this habit go ahead and buy food for the week. One think you have to agree with is buying food more often means you get the freshest options.
Stick To The Family Grocery List
Each week you go shopping and stick to your list the better you become at cutting out the foods that will not get you to your final weight goal.
When you first start do your best to stick to your list. If you happen to pick up a bag of chips, put it back on the shelf.
Lets say you happen to make it to the check out and you still have some junk food in your cart.
You have one last chance to ditch the food that does not work with your meal planning for the next 3-4 days. Here are 2 ideas:
- You take the food out of the cart.
- Hand your grocery list to the cashier. Ask them to take out all the food which is not on your list.
This technique will make sure you do not end up with food not on your list.
Meal Prep For The 2-3 Days
Sure cooking everyday can be time-consuming. I would suggest meal planning for 2-3 days at a time, not a week. Get in the habit of making healthy meals more often and you will start to cook healthy meals more often.
You also teach your children, if you have any, that cooking and eating healthy can be an easy part of your daily routine.
Stock Your Pantry and Fridge With The Basics
Canned beans, canned tuna, different tea’s, the powder form of superfoods, spices and other healthy options should be in the pantry.
In the fridge keep on hand fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and other healthy options.
The more healthy foods you have to your disposal the better choices you will have to make when meal planning.
Clean Out The Pantry and Fridge
It is often all to easy to buy junk food in bulk and put it in the pantry or fridge. When starting your path to successful meal planning you should do some spring cleaning of your pantry and fridge.
If you do not know what to donate or throw out invite a friend over, one who understands your goals, to do it for you.
Do this once a month or even once a week at the start.
Successful meal planning begins by developing a plan to succeed. If you want you can include a juice cleanse to help you prep your body for the changes you’ll be making for the next few months.
Cut out sugar, flour and some starchy food. Water is one of the healthiest drinks for your body. If you looking for a healthy tea option check out Matcha Tea. Read about the different health benefits which include potential weight loss and maintenance.
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