Clean-Eating: 5 Tips to be More Successful in Less TimePayton Foeller
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We are now ending week 5 of our clean eating transition. This week has been easy peasy because I hate ‘diet’ foods anyway. Never been one for diet sodas or low fat…anything. Gross. Gimme all the fat you got.Anyway, I’m LOVING this. What!? you say… Loving a diet!? Huh?
Not exactly! I’m not dieting people. This has been relatively a breeze. It’s not dieting so much as it is making smart decisions and simple swaps.
As a half way update, I figured I’d let you in on some tips that we found that have made this so much easier and much more fun!
1. Get a gorgeous fruit bowl: I’m loving the bamboo kitchen ware these days. Sadly I haven’t acquired any yet. We went the stainless steel route when we made those types of purchases. So like a good steward I’m early waiting till they all break…. so that I can get new ones in the bamboo look!
Anyway, why is this even a tip?
Because you’ll want to display this item proudly! You’ll sit it somewhere it can be seen well. You’ll want to place pretty fruits in your new fruit bowl that’s out in the open and frequently glances upon. Then you’ll want to eat that gorgeous fruit! Then you won’t want to eat that mini snickers you found behind the couch… you know the one.
It’s like the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie… but we’ll call it… ‘If You Give a Mom a Pretty Bowl.’
Wash your fruit AS SOON AS you get it in the house. Don’t stick it in the bowl and wash it one at a time. It needs to be easy to grab and go or you just won’t go for it.
Here’s a few of mine:
When I get snacky, munchy, crave some junk food, or just spot that couch snickers and feel a moment of weakness coming on… I try to remember.. I don’t need it. I’m not hungry. If I am there are tons of health options within reach!
I’m sooo bad at rewarding myself with food. This is a terrible habit which is terrible hard to break. Find something you love to do or watch; anything that’s not food related. These can serve as personal rewards throughout your day. Award yourself 30 seconds of silence.. locked in the bathroom alone. Or 5 minutes guilt free scrolling through facebook for NO REASON. Whatever floats your boat.
3. Go slowly: Take things one step at a time. Don’t go through your house and throw EVERYTHING away. Starting playing with sugar substitutes in your recipes. Do half processed sugar and half new sugar! We have been loving the coconut sugar in all things chocolate baking. These substitutes are for ‘dieting,’ they’re for your health. Your body will process the new menu way better than white sugars and grains.Don’t cute everything all at once. We starting trying to go sugar-free from day one. We did this so that when the sugar elimination week comes, we will be prepared and not have three weeks of headaches from the deprivation.
We’re doing this to create a lifestyle. Not a 10-week fad diet. We want to change the way we live and that just doesn’t happen over night, nor should it.
Whatever your thing might be, allow yourself to enjoy it. If you really really enjoy the best things in life you won’t be constantly searching for sweets and treats as pick me ups.