It all gets pretty confusing, protein, nutrients, good carbs, bad carbs… there are tons of good healthy eating facts out there and it can get very frustrating.
Today, let’s put away the latest calorie counting charts and discuss a tactic that is incredibly easy and is guaranteed to help you lose weight, and eat more healthy. It is truly one of the best healthy eating facts around.
Take a moment to think about this…when was the last time you picked up dinner at a fast food restaurant, or ordered a pizza?
What made you do it? You want to lose weight and you know the extra topping, thick crust pizza is bad for you… so why did you order it?
As with anything else, there’s going to be exceptions, but I would venture to guess that most of you ordered the pizza or stopped off at the fast food place – simply because you didn’t have any idea of what to fix for dinner. And, it was simply easier to stop off and pick up a meal, rather than plan one.
It’s a fact – not one of the healthy eating facts – that for the most part, our unhealthy diets exist simply because of convenience. After a long day of work, we are tired and the last thing we want to do is come up with an idea for a meal. It’s even worse when you have to negotiate the minefield of good carbs, bad carbs and so on. (By the way, tossing a frozen pizza into the oven is just as bad as ordering one.)
Here’s an easy solution to that problem… whenever you can set aside a couple hours – plan your dinner menu for each day in the coming week. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, go for two weeks worth of menus. If you can’t find a couple hours, schedule them. It’s worth it.
Write out each meal plan on a separate sheet of paper. Then place them all in a three ring binder. If you really want to get fancy, you could separate the days with pretty multicolored tabs. Somewhere down the line, you will probably want to laminate the pages too.
Now, here’s the important part. Each evening when you get home, open your binder to that day’s menu and make it. We want to make this a habit, so never deviate under any circumstances.
All those costly, and unhealthy impulse buys from the local drive through will be totally eliminated. Plus, you no longer have to worry about what to fix for dinner.
This idea may seem too easy, but it works and will save a bundle of cash.
If you could hire a chef to do nothing but plan and prepare your meals, and if you gave them the task of only fixing healthy low-calorie meals, you would expect them to preplan the menus. Not wait until the last minute to fix whatever came to mind. Think of yourself in the same way, plan your meals and don’t change your plans throughout the week.
The funny thing is, although it may seem as a chore now, eventually it will become a habit and you will truly love your little binder.
Think of it, if you plan all of your meals to be nutritious, low-calorie and healthy ones, eventually your health must improve. It has to, it’s a scientific fact.
At the end of your first week, sit down and do it again. Make up a new meal plan for the next week. Try to make them all different recipes than the ones you had before. By the end of the first month, you will have a months worth of different recipes you can call on.
Every meal, for four weeks, will be different. This way you will never get tired of eating the same meals over and over again. They will all be tasty, nutritious and low calorie. Once you’ve gotten this far, you can stop your weekly planning and just continuously rotate the recipes in your binder.
This will save you a bundle at the grocery store, and is one of the best healthy eating facts out there.
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