Week 5 – Meal Planning
We’re into week five of 12 Weeks No Diets.
This series is all about not dieting… but just because we’re not dieting doesn’t mean we shouldn’t practice healthy eating habits.
Meal planning is so important. I’m not saying we should write out a weeks worth of controlled menus, but we do need to have some sort of plan to keep us in check. The last thing we need is to feel overly hungry and have nothing healthy around.
To recap – Here are some tips I use for myself and hunger:
*Ask yourself if you’re really hungry, or if you’re satisfying an emotion, bored, or simply eating out of habit. The closer you get to recognizing real, physical hunger, the more control you’ll gain over your eating.
*It’s also important not to let yourself get too hungry. If this happens, you’re more likely to make poor food choices.
*Try not to go more than four to five hours between meals, otherwise your ravenous hunger can result in a binge, and it is usually not a healthy one.
So planning in advance is key, always keep healthy snacks on hand, and schedule snack breaks to energize you and help keep your hands out of the cookie jar.
Planning meals in advance
*Stock your pantry and refrigerator with delicious, nutritious foods. If you want a special treat, go out and enjoy a small portion, but don’t bring it home to tempt you.
*Spend some time each day in quiet meditation — reflecting, breathing, and relaxing.
*Serve meals on pretty luncheon-sized dishes that make portions look larger.
*Package snacks in small bags or containers for portion control.
Workout of the week:
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There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts for everyone! My favorite thing about these workouts is that they can be done at home!
Question of the Day?
Are you a meal planner? I don’t plan formal structured meals, but I do make sure I have healthy foods in stock. Over the weekend I make a couple of bigger healthy dinners so we have plenty of leftovers throughout the week.