With summer around the corner, I think we all have weight loss on the mind. But it can feel almost impossible to avoid tempting treats when you’re trying to eat healthier. Am I right?
You have it set in your mind that today’s the day you will not indulge in any guilty treats. Then, you’re at your cousin's graduation party, and it’s as if someone else put that second brownie in your hand and forced you to eat it because there’s no way you made yourself fudge up yet again.
I know this feeling, I experienced it all too many times before I started following these five simple tips that helped me stay on track when it came to creating healthy eating habits.
#1.) Stay armed with snacks- Avoid temptation by having your purse, backpack, pockets if you must, stashed with snacks so that when hunger strikes and there's only sticky buns in sight, you can munch on something you packed. Be sure to pack snacks that are savory and sweet snacks just to cover your bases. Think, hummus & celery, carrots & dressing, apple & almond butter, kale chips, fruit, trail mix. Hey, even pack a few dark chocolate chips because satisfying that sweet tooth with a few chocolate chips is better than a whole piece of cake.
#2.) Got water?- You may think that you’re starving but in actuality, you may just be thirsty. Be sure to drink your daily recommend amount of water to be sure when hunger pangs strike, you know you’re really hungry. To find how much water you need to drink divide your weight in half and that's how many ozs. you should be drinking. For example, if you weight 200 lbs you should aim to drink 100 oz. of water a day. Drinking enough water also keeps your skin super clear and energy levels high. Not a fan of good ole’ H20? Add slices of fresh fruit like pineapple, watermelons or strawberries to your water for a tasty flavor.
#3.) Have some bubbly- Carbonated beverages are great for making your belly feel full. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about champagne, sugar loaded sodas or chemically packed diet sodas. I’m referring to drinks like sparkling waters, gut healthy kombucha and flavored seltzers. Carbonated beverages are a great idea for after a meal when you start to search for a few more bites of something to nibble on.
#4.) Eat enough food!- Be sure that you’re eating enough food at meal time so that you’re not looking for food in between meals because you’re underfed. Try keeping a food journal either in a little notebook you can carry around or in an app like MyFitnessPal to make sure you're getting your allotted amount of calories, fats, carbs, and nutrients to keep you feeling great.
#5.) Take a trip down memory lane- Take some time to think about why you started this health and weight loss journey, to begin with. How will it feel to wake up with loads of energy in the morning or finally look the way you want to in that bikini? Write a few memories and feelings down and put it somewhere that you will see throughout the day (think background of your phone or on a post-it note on your refrigerator). This will be the biggest motivation of all not to indulge in some meaningless, unhealthy treats.
There’s no time like the present ladies. Let’s do this!
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