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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nesheaholic Healthy Eating Tips




I've been making changes slowly but surely to live/eat healthier. One of the most important things to do for me is to have inspiration, which I wrote about here. In that post I shared the online resources that keep me inspired and motivated. 

Here are some things I've been doing to facilitate in eating better: 

  • Going to the grocery store every week. - Grocery shopping every week enables us to have FRESH stuff, fruits and vegetables, always in the house vs. bunches of packaged and processed things that last forever lol.
  • Freezing things. Corn on the cobb, bananas for smoothies, leftovers, etc. Freezing freshly purchased fruits and veggies is better usually than buying the packaged versions often frozen with preservatives and sugars, and freezing leftovers that we know we won't eat in a short times offers quick meal prep in the future.
  • Putting spinach in my smoothies. I've gotten into the habit of making strawberry, banana, spinach, almond milk smoothies. Veggies are the food group many people have trouble getting enough of in their diet. While I have no problem with eating veggies, it's definitely easy to get a serving in with a fruit smoothie.
  • Meal planning. I grocery shop based on the  meals I plan to cook, and I have a white board on the refrigerator with the meals I'll make for the week. This comes in handy with reminding me what to take out to defrost, and having a choice of meals I know are available to make lessens the chances of us going to McDonald's after work by about 95% lol
  • Homemade snack prep. Outside of fresh fruit for snacking, I've been trying to make one homemade snack each week for us to have. The first was homemade trail mix, and this week is homemade granola bars. Making something from scratch you have complete control over what's in it, so it makes me proud to give my hubby something I've prepared to snack on vs. a packaged snack.
  • Water. I'm drinking more of it. I would say my drinks are about 90% water that aren't smoothies. 

What steps are you taking towards eating healthier?

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  1. Definitely eating more fruits and veggies. I can east a lot with fewer calories and get full as opposed to other options.

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    1. Definitely, fruits and veggies are so key to healthy eating.

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  2. Actually all eating steps you have already mentioned. I used to count calories that make me more confident. I try to consume a small portion of food and eat 4-5 times what really help to feel full.

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    1. I use a calorie counting iPhone app to keep me cognizant of how much I'm eating.

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  3. I'm working on it. That spinach in the smoothies is a new one. The weekly shopping and meal planning seem time consuming. Any tips for getting this done quickly?

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    1. Besides actually having to physically go to the store every week it's not too bad. If you make a list of your standard stuff that you get every week (mine is strawberries, bananas, and spinach)and then use a shopping list app to add things you realize you're missing throughout the week is a good way to keep track. For the meal planning I don't go too deep, I'll look and see what's up front in the fridge or freezer, figure out 5 or so meals with those things, throw them on the white board and add to my shopping list app anything I don't have to make it. I've been TRYING to do one new recipe a week off of pinterst, so I'll also add any ingredients I don't have for a new recipe. The app is definitely helpful cause I can add stuff when I'm thinking about it.

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  4. I was doing really well with the eating well thing, but I've fallen off the wagon here lately. :/ I need to step my game up though.

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    1. Yea, I'm still in a post-vacation recovery with my eating lol

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  5. These are wonderful tips and ideas. I really need to incorporate these into my daily life. I have a new place and I have been cooking a lot more. It feels good to cook for my fam. It took a coworker to explain how simple it really was. I try to always give some type of veggie with each meal. It feels good to know my fam is eating good. My daughter is a picky eater but lately Ive been having no problem. I do need to remember to defrost what I plan to cook though :).
    Thanks for the tips

    -Coco
    http://dontcensorcoco.blogspot.com/

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    1. It definitely feels great to know your family is eating well.

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  6. excellent tips, thank you! I really need to work on drinking more water!!

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  7. I have to get better at freezing leftovers. Great tips!!!

    I've gone without soda for almost a week now. YAY! I've noticed this helps me eat healthier foods. Less cheeseburgers, & pizza. These delicious eats just don't taste as good with water. :(

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