Switching to a healthy eating lifestyle has always been hard for me. I didn’t want to “diet”, I wanted to eat healthy for good. I have many motivations for wanting to do this. First being that my husband and I are so many years apart, I want to make sure he is healthy and lives a long time. We have two small children and we both want to be here for them. Also we wanted to be in better shape for more adventures. I don’t want to be so out of shape I can’t hike up a mountain or ride a bike a long distance.
We really enjoy being outside with our kids and want to continue doing that too. I feel so certain this time that I will stick to this plan because I have never went this long before and because I actually have no desire to go back. Where as before everyday was torture. Here are my secrets for making this happen and I hope they help you on your journey.
1. Praying for discipline and help breaking my addiction to food.
I have tried so many times to begin a healthy eating lifestyle and always failed. I never truly realized that my eating habits were caused by an addiction to food and lack of self-discipline. God has changed all of that. God has given me discipline and motivation to stick to eating healthy so much that it feels like a breeze this time. I feel so good about this new lifestyle and I am happy to keep it up. This challenge in my life brings to mind two scriptures.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
” He gives strength to the weary and increases power of the weak.”
I am weak in my addiction to food that is for certain. I have not had discipline in my journey to healthy eating. God has given me the strength and I am so grateful. Bring your struggles to Him and He will lift you up!
2. Positive thinking when it comes to cooking.
If you enjoy cooking and meal planning this may not be an issue for you at all. Normally I do not like to cook. It’s just not something that I like to spend my time on. I would have negative self-talk in my head, complaining about having to cook. I’ve changed that around by catching myself and instead speaking positively, such as “I am so glad to have the opportunity to cook healthy for my family.” or something along those lines. Praying for God to help me enjoy cooking and change my attitude has also helped me stay on track.
It helps me to have someone to talk to who is also on the same journey as me. I am so glad my husband and I are doing this together. Although I will say sometimes it’s not fun because he loses weight faster than me! (We are both trying to lose weight to get healthy again. More on this in a later post.) We also go to a local Spa in our town and a wonderful nurse helps us keep track of our BMI, body fat lose, and weight lose every 2 weeks. She also gives us information on how to eat healthy and gives us a B12 shot. This helps us track our progress and makes the process so much fun. Plus I never liked weighing everyday while trying to lose weight so I like this better.
4. Meal planning to eat healthy.
I don’t necessarily “meal prep” every week but I do try to have an idea of what we are going to eat each day. This takes the panic out of each meal when I get hungry and can’t figure out what to make. It also helps us to keep from getting aggravated or waiting too long between meals. We also have a lot of healthy snack and if we leave the house we take several with us, so that we don’t get stuck somewhere with no healthy choices.
5. Shopping more often.
This is a big one in my book when it comes to eating healthy. We have been trying not to eat processed foods. Therefore we are buying a lot of produce and we try to buy organic. As you know produce only last so long so this requires more trips to the store because it is hard to stack up on these items. Although I do try to freeze some things, like cut up fruit for smoothies.
Making a lifestyle change isn’t hard if you have a plan. The saying goes “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And this is so true in this situation. I am so glad that we began this journey and I can’t wait to share how much we lose and some yummy recipes along the way.
How do you plan to eat healthy? What helped you stick to it? Please share in the comments below.