Welcome to Motivational Monday! Today I am sharing tips to overcoming two roadblocks to eating healthy.
A while ago I wrote and talked about taking care of me, and my goal was to put “me” back on the list-as in my personal to do list.
Before I get to it, I want to thank everyone who is joining me on Instagram! Its been super fun and encouraging to hear from you all!
Today, I want to share some updates with you and awesome tips on how I am staying focused on my goal to eat healthy on a regular basis.
Eating Healthy: 2 Common Roadblocks
Knowing we need to eat better is not a new idea! We all understand that we need to eat healthy-to be healthy. “You are what you eat!” As I am sure you have heard.
However some roadblocks might be:
As a working mom, and homeschooling, (guess I should toss in the amount of time spent blogging too right?? You really do not want to know!) Time is not really my friend. It doesn’t wait around. Money is also a huge roadblock, I work hard for my money and I am sure you do too. I only have so much, so we budget carefully.
So I am going to share how we beat these roadblocks!
Roadblock #1 Time
Here are 6 different things that have really helped me to stay focused and save me time:
- My husband and I went back to meal prepping on the weekend-for me. Below I will get into the nitty-gritty of what this means for me.
- Take my food with me. Lunches, water bottle and snacks. Yup, I’m packin’.
- Plan out meals for the week.
- Grocery Shop Once
- Keep a running list on your fridge of items you run out of or need
- Keep a list of lunch/snack/meal ideas you have tried and like
Meal Prep Tips:
Here is how we do it. I am not saying this is the only way, obviously there are tons and tons of websites out there dedicated to this type of thing. Go forth and conquer.
This is what is currently working for us:
- Thursday and or Friday, my husband (who is amazing!!) sits down and goes through deals on his app (Ipad app called Flipp-its free!) or the physical flyer/deals. He grabs the list off our fridge of things we need, and makes a super organized grocery list. He does the grocery shopping (amazing right??! He rocks!)
- At some point we sit down together going over what meals, snacks etc. We can make out of this list and add in whatever else needs to be picked up. We try to plan our food for the entire week. This not only saves numerous runs to the grocery store, saving time. It also saves us money. Bonus!
- Sunday is our Meal Prepping Day! I really enjoy this, we cook all our lunches for the week at once if possible. Chopping up veggies, cooking up the protein, and carbs. We invested in some cheap containers that we can grab and go. It is amazing for saving time. Everything is cooked, measured, cooled and labelled in the fridge ready to go!
The key for me, to make sure I eat enough is measure my food. (remember this is my personal struggle, as mentioned in this post) This might seem weird to most people.(which is perfectly OK!)
However I know this works for me, and helps make sure I keep balance in my food. Carbs for longer lasting energy, so I can keep running around at work and not feel ill. I tend to get super nauseated when I do not eat! Therefore I keep snacks in my purse such as: dates, almonds and gluten-free energy bars.
Added Bonus! When I am hungry I won’t get tempted by junk food. So far this is working. Again, saving money and time.
So learn, take note of what works for you and what doesn’t!
On crazy busy days, especially when I work mornings meal prep is a huge time saver. I can grab my lunch bag, a freezer pack, my lunch/snack containers, water-tossing the items in the bag and go out the door. No stress, no mess. I am set! There is no excuse not to take care of ME.
Roadblock #2 Cost:
Lastly I am going to talk about the COST of healthy food. No doubt you have noticed that prepackaged food seems cheaper? It took me time to change my mindset when it came to spending my hard-earned cash on good food.
Mindset Battle-How I won:
The key turning point for me was this: 1 large bag of chips was $5, 1 large bag of apples was $5. However that one bag of chips was one snack for me and the kids. It tastes so good (think lay’s classic chips people! Yumm!) However I would feel so dehydrated, and bloated and just plain icky after polishing off one of those, with help of course!
That bag of apples? Well it would do almost a week’s of snacks, after all I wasn’t going to eat a whole bag of apples myself. I do love apples, but not that much. When I was done eating an apple, I didn’t feel sick, dehydrated or gross at all. That did not include all the healthy benefits, such as fiber, vitamins and minerals etc.
Sure, the potato chips is more fun, and a great movie night snack. But what was I really getting out of it? Also – yes I realize this is not the first time you have heard this reasoning, and yes it sounds like basic common sense to most people- But I had to work hard to change my mindset. Maybe you do too?
Since I think you are great, here are my tips for saving money!
Tips on saving money on food:
- shop the flyers, compare and save money
- Use a list! and the kicker, stick to it! Within reason, if there is a “in-store only” sale, and it is a item you keep in stock or use often, go for it. However picking up “extra” items costs money. Those “extra’s” add up!
- buy in bulk if possible-meat and freeze in family serving size. This saves both time and money as you can reach in and know you have enough for your family in that bag/container
- most products are cheaper when not in a lot of packaging. Ie. Small boxes of raisins are more expensive than a bag of raisins in the baking aisle. So package them into servings yourself, save money and the environment.
- Buy Fresh Veggies and Fruits when in season, they are better for you and usually cheaper, see next tip for out of season.
- Frozen veggies according to research (Eating Well and ABC News just to cite two) are just as healthy for you (check the ingredients for additives, most are additive free), they are usually cheaper and save you both time and money.
- Weird tip: Shop where you can get bonus points or loyalty points, for basic items on your list (think Airmiles programs or PC points etc) I do not buy extra just because it will get me more points but if an item is the same price, and I was going to buy it anyway, I get it where I will get extra points for it. Might as well, right?
We find these small adjustments we found made a big difference in saving both time and money. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard, but it is an adjustment and takes effort. However it is so worth it!
My favorite moment was my daughter asking to go for a walk before my workday. I told her that I walk all day at work, so I might just skip it today. She said, “You don’t walk outside at work, you need fresh air!” So off we went, not only did I get lots of fresh air but I got to spend one on one time with my monkey! If that is the only benefit I get from working out, I’m SOLD!
That’s my roundup of lessons learned from my health and fitness journey so far. Thanks for sticking with me, and as a bonus for reading all the way through, here are two helpful print-offs you can use to keep track of your favorite meals and snacks, as well as one to keep track of what to buy.
If you are on a health & fitness journey, I would love to hear how it is going? Why you started or anything you’d love to share. Let me know in the comments below!
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