These are some tips that I have for those sexy mamas who are looking to lose a little weight, be healthier, etc. I am doing Weight Watchers and loving it. After I got over the initial inner scream of, “AHHHH!!! Weight Watchers!!! I AM my MOM!” it has been really working for me. My tips may be “no-brainers” but they are things that I wasn’t always doing, even though I knew they were good for my health and happiness. Here goes:
Have your own food space. We all know that “diet” or healthy food is not cheap. If I didn’t have my own little cubby for such delights as “Pastry Crisps,” I might find them all gone within a day. (The only evidence? Six wrappers in my oh-so-skinny husband’s nightstand.) My family knows that the food up there is just for me.
If you want one thing (and you know it is not low-fat or very healthy for you) then do some research and try to find an alternative. Ever since I started Weight Watchers I have been craving peanut butter like crazy. I did a little Google search for “peanut butter healthier alternative” and I discovered my new boo, PB2. I can get it at a local store, or you can buy it online.
This can be my real diet trap. I work 2 mornings and 2 evenings each week out of the house. (I also teach high school classes online and make art in my home.) I used to always be too tired to cook or too busy to plan. The employees of the Taco Bell down the street knew us and that’s not a good sign. Now I am in a weekly menu routine. I spend the weekend doing “research” on Pinterest.com, etc. and figure out what I will serve each night/lunch if applicable. Then I print out the recipes and put them in the composition notebook in the photo. When I go to the store I ONLY buy the items on my list. It can be difficult to stick to, but my waistline and pocketbook are both feeling a lot better!
When I go to the store I like to come home and do some prep work right away to make it easier on me later in the week. I always have fresh onions, peppers, and other vegetables that I use a lot in my cooking already chopped and in airtight containers in the fridge. It cuts down on my cooking time, and my stress, when I need it most.
It seems like a no-brainer, but always measure your ingredients. I come from a long line of “a pinch of this” and “a dollop of that.” When I started measuring ingredients more carefully I realized that I was eating a lot more oils, fats, etc. than I thought.
This is another hard one for me. I am a soda-holic. In my prime I was doing about a 6 pack of Big Red or Pepsi… a day. That was when I was young and skinny, and now it would make me look like Mr. Blimpie. However, after I stopped drinking so much soda I didn’t start drinking a lot of anything else. Now that I am drinking tons of water every day it makes me feel a lot better and more refreshed. I enjoy adding Crystal Light Energy packets in to give it some kick. I would suggest getting a water bottle you love and just becoming attached to the hip with it. You will see a difference in how you feel/weight loss.
Always eat your breakfast. Studies show that it can help with weight control and improve your performance. (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/many-benefits-breakfast) Plus, when you eat breakfast, chances are you won’t be a Debbier Downer or Grumpy Greta. I like to have the “Spiru-Tein Blueberries and Cream High protein Energy Meal” with a cup of almond/soy milk in the blender. Total, it is 4 WW+ points.
Pre-package your snacks. So many snack foods come in a big box. When you’re hungry you want to EAT! (Ain’t nobody got time for counting out 36 veggie straws!) I like to package different snacks in ziplock baggies and write on the bag what the WW points+ value is. It makes it easy to keep track of and avoid overeating.
I have an almost 3-year-old and almost 1-year-old. I know that their desires for candy, cookies, and junk food will only increase exponentially over time. I want them to eat a healthy, mostly organic diet. However, I want them to have some “treats” and fun foods too. So I buy one food they really want, let them have it occasionally, and put it up high in the cabinet. Then I am not tempted to eat some, because it is a hassle to get down and not in my direct vision line.
Eggs are your friend. They really are… or rather egg whites. You can have one egg white for 0… read that 0… WW Points+ I love to have one with my breakfast. It gives you some protein and it is more heart healthy. Lauren doesn’t like eggs… read: wishes they would go to Siberia and never come back, but maybe I will eventually change her mind. (Somewhere, she is scoffing.)
Compare your foods! I bought these both at the same time and thought they were probably about the same, nutritionally. Nope. One was fat free and the other was 12 g of fat per serving. After I looked at them in the kitchen I handed my husband the “Lemon and Chive” and said it was his.
Try to combine something that you don’t find tasty with something that you do. (Or with something that masks the untasty flavor.) I have been taking this Nopalina Fiber supplement and they recommend that you mix it with water. It never mixes well and then I have to gulp down a mouthful of wet and soggy fiber. I started mixing it with my morning yogurt and I love it!
Try something new. You never know, you might enjoy it! I like both of these with fat-free saltines for a mid-afternoon snack.
Buy what you eat the most, and what you have space for in your kitchen, in bulk! We eat fish and chicken the most. I can go to Sam’s Club and buy a package of chicken that will last us for 1 week+ for $10. I can get 10 tilapia filets there for about the same price. This is really beneficial for some night when your plans have changed. If you have foods, meats, veggies, etc in the house you can whip something together.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are always better for you. You know exactly what you are eating and you don’t lose nutrients in the flash freeze or canning processes. (http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/vitamins-minerals/vitamins-in-veggies-fresh-vs-canned-vs-frozen.html)
This last tip is silly, but it is still true! I use the same table spoon measure about 6 times a day. I am always washing, drying, or looking for it. Get a few. 🙂
Any additional ideas or tips? Comment away!