Monday, January 7, 2013

The Best Start to getting Healthy

I've struggled with weight gain, hormonal imbalance, and everything that comes with the two paired. I know how hard it can be to take care of your kids, sacrifice sleep, and then worry about life itself. I've said it before and I'll say it again; the laundry is never done, the house never stays clean, and the dishes are always piling up, cooking is never done, bills need to be paid, your nail polish is chipping, your hair needs to be washed, eyebrows need a lineup, time to wax and shave again, and you need a few new things to feel good, like a haircut, haircolor, new makeup, etc. In between those things, you need entertainment, a good book, a good show, or movie, time catching up with friends, in addition to the spontaneous bump-n-grind times with hubby ;). How can you find the time and energy needed now to not only exercise but to plan healthy meals? Eating healthy is seriously easier said than done, and is half the battle. Once you start, how can you stick to it?

That's been my major problem, we'll start eating healthy, being conscious of everything from daily intake of water, veggies to protein ratio, carbs, etc., but then something like an occasion, or something stressful like kids being sick and it's all gone to shit. Other things that make it go to shit also are not being on the same page. Many times I'm  all gung-ho about preparing a nutritious meal, and my other half decides to say "don't worry about cooking hun, let's just get something from Chinese, and watch a movie together"....Yea who can say no to that? Self-sabotage! After all, I am tired, I do deserve to be relaxed and catered to, the kids really did drain me today, I really do a lot around here, it is cheaper than running your stove for the next hour or so...and the justifications prevail endlessly. Somehow, this lifestyle continues of yo-yo dieting (let's call it what it is) and I'm no thinner than I was before even though I incorporate so many good behaviors like, drinking lemon water, no high fructose beverages, lots of tea and water, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, and eating fruits and veggies.

I know many of you can relate here, while some of you might say you have it all figured out. If you have, good for you, no need to act like a know-it-all. Just take it as a reinforcement of what you already know and remember this... it just takes one thing or time in your life to knock your ass off that high horse of absolute control, as I used to be "perfect" once upon a time, and somehow life happened.

Here goes:

  • Make a promise, declaration, rule or habit that under no circumstances can be broken. We do weekly grocery shopping at a local produce store and places like Winn-Dixie, Publix, or Walmart (Your local produce store will be the most cost efficient, budget friendly). The rule is from Sunday to Thursday we will eat purely fruits and vegetable based meals. On Friday and Saturdays we will allow ourselves to eat not whatever we want, but nothing but healthy balanced meals... I will give you ideas for Sun-Thurs meals vs. Fri-Sat Meals later, just take this rule of thumb to adapt to first. 
  • I will give you your weekly scheduled grocery plan checklist in my next Post. Be patient. Create a weekly grocery list to add to your checklist every single week. If you're always stocked up with these items, than you can always put something together as a meal rather than relying on Chinese because you don't know what to cook. Pictures will be posted soon as well. 
  • Buy a White-Board! The white-board will keep you organized!! Ideas and meal plans to go on there weekly, so you don't get tired of the same crap all the time. 
  • Diversify your taste buds! Every since I tried Thai food, I've been addicted. So addicted I had to make it myself and I started making the 1 thing I loved. Shrimp/chicken Panang! Spicy food is not only amazing on the tongue but very healthy for the digestive system and as an appetite suppressor, not to mention the Panang is loaded with veggies and coconut milk. 
  • If you're going to have something bad, pair it with something good to have that balance. For example, we want to eat Turkey Lasagna, or Chicken Parmesan on our Friday/Saturday meal plan...so let's add a serving of steamed broccoli, cauliflower with herbs, cabbage and red peppers, or some sweet potatoes and snow peas, or a romaine salad with no croutons, but some walnuts, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, cranberries or prunes and a drizzle of apple cider vinegar. The combinations are endless. 
  • Need a treat? Want to eat chocolate? Fine! Have dark chocolate instead. I never liked dark chocolate until I had Cadburry Royal Dark, go ahead and indulge, it's rich with antioxidants! =) 
  • Drink greens juice daily, it helps remove all the heavy metals and toxins clogging your liver. Greens juice rich in chlorophyll is the way to go, wheatgrass, spirulina, blue green algae, cilantro, aloe etc. The best 1 I found so far is Bolthouse Farms Greens juice. I love it, and definitely more cost efficient than making my own. When I'm not having that, I'm drinking V8 low sodium, which is definitely rich as well. 
  • Get a 1/2 gallon BPA free water bottle. You can get one cheap at Walmart and start using that bottle daily. You will meet your water intake by lugging that around with you all day.

  • Get rid of all oils in your home and replace them with 100% Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil.
It's cheaper and cost effective to order here: Click here to save $10 off your vitacost.com order of $30 or more and Select Schedule and Save. 54 fl oz lasts me exactly 5 weeks, and for $20 every 5-6 weeks you can't go wrong. I use it in everything I eat from eggs, to substitutes for butter sometimes.