What to do when you are really struggling with your eating plan

What can you do when you are really struggling with your eating plan?  Here are some tips that have worked for me.

Caveat time:  EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.  You may need to find what works best for you.  However, after years of trial and error, here is what works for me:

(1) Meal plan ahead of time.  For me, meal planning and my #1 tool.  It is a huge trap to sit in front of the fridge three times a day when you are hungry and try to decide in your state of hunger what you will eat.  Nope nope nope.  Don’t do this.  Meal planning is your friend.

On Sunday evening, I plan out all of my meals for Monday through Thursday, write a grocery list and then go to the store and get what I need.

On Thursday night, I plan out all my meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, write a grocery list and then go to the store and get what I need.

Rinse and repeat.

That means I go to the grocery store twice a week.  This schedule works for me.

(2) Time your meals.  I eat my meals at the same time everyday.  This encourages me to space my food out and not overeat early in the day.  If you find it is 3pm and you have already ate all of your carbs / calories for the day, you’re going to be hungry later on.

(3) Beware of unplanned snacking.  I personally am not a fan of snacking.  I eat three meals and that is it.  My body burns my fuel most efficiently when I am not grazing all day.  I have just found out over the years that snacking just doesn’t work out well for me.  It leads to me eating more calories than my body needs.

(4) Banish your trigger foods from your house.  If you blew your plan of eating last week because you binged on “X” food,  don’t allow X food in your house again.  For those of us with families, this can be a little bit of an adjustment, but in my opinion your health will always be more important than keeping gummy bears etc. in your kitchen.

(5) Focus on food as fuel only.  Consider batch cooking.  One of the major reasons people state for not sticking to a meal plan is that they don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals.  I get it.  I am a very busy mom and wife and I run two businesses.  I generally only cook every third day.  Confession time:  I personally eat the same thing for every meal several days in a row.  The rest of my family chooses their own breakfast, packs their own lunch and eats the same meal for dinner two nights in a row.

Every few days I take about 40 minutes to cook everyone’s meals for the next several days.  Once cooked, I pre-portion everything out.  We are all on different busy schedules, but that means there is always a nutritious home-cooked meal ready to grab and go!  This keeps us out of the fast food lane.  I strive to plan and make delicious meals that everyone will enjoy, but that also stay within my plan on eating.  It is working well.

People sometimes comment that they could never eat the same thing several times in a row, but given our schedule and my complete lack of desire to cook from scratch every single day, this is how I can make it work for us.  In addition, when you purely think as food as fuel for your body, it really doesn’t matter.

For example, my personal meals last week looked like this:

Monday

Breakfast: 4 oz. filet mignon w/ stewed veggies

Lunch: 1 cup plain green yogurt +  unsweetened cocoa powder

Dinner: 4 oz. filet mignon w/ stewed veggies

Tuesday

Breakfast: 4 oz. filet Mignon with stewed veggies

Lunch: 1 cup plain green yogurt +  unsweetened cocoa powder

Dinner: 4 oz. filet mignon with stewed veggies

Wednesday

Breakfast: Greek chicken with salad

Lunch: 1 cup plain green yogurt +unsweetened cocoa powder

Dinner: Greek chicken with salad

Thurday:

Breakfast: Greek chicken with salad

Lunch: 1 cup plain green yogurt + unsweetened cocoa powder

Dinner: Greek chicken with salad

Friday:

Breakfast: Asian lettuce wraps

Lunch: 1 cup plain green yogurt + unsweetened cocoa powder

Dinner: Asian lettuce wraps

Saturday:

Breakfast: Asian Lettuce Wraps

Lunch: 1 cup plain green yogurt + unsweetened cocoa powder

Dinner: Asian lettuce wraps

Sunday:

Breakfast: veggie omelette

Lunch: 1 cup plain green yogurt + unsweetened cocoa powder

Dinner: Crock-Pot ribs and cucumber salad

(5) Put your health first.  I constantly put the needs and desires of others in front of my own.  However, at a certain point I realized that if I am not healthy, I am actually doing everyone a disservice by not taking care of myself.  Your family and friends may whine a bit about your new food choices and way of life, but who cares.  I promise, they will get used to it.  Almost nothing on this Earth is more important than good health.  YOU ARE WORTH IT!

What tips have you found work best for you?  Please leave them in the comments!

 

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Pesto Eggs (non-crock pot)

Here is a delicious new way to enjoy your eggs in the morning!  We have all really been enjoying this.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 tablespoon of prepared basil pesto (I used the Flora Peso Genovese brand).

 

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Crack the eggs in the pan and top with pesto.  Cook to your liking.

 

Total recipe is only a trivial amount of carbs.  Approx. .25 net

 

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

We love this simple low carb side dish!

Grilled green asparagus wrapped in bacon

 

Needed:  1 lb of asparagus spears, 1/2 lb. of bacon, garlic powder and black pepper.

Directions:  Lightly spritz asparagus spears with olive oil.  Bundle in three stalks and wrap with a slice of bacon. Sprinkle with black pepper and garlic powder.  Lay seam side down on a baking pan.  Cook at 425 degrees for 25-35 minutes.  Broil the last few minutes to crisp the bacon.

 

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