As a matter of fact the word “dieting” isn’t appealing either. To me the definition of dieting is as follows.
Dieting: A list of really yummy foods that I may no longer eat and when I do eat them I will feel bad about myself and feel as if I have failed…over and over and over again.
Let’s not think of it as dieting. That focuses on what you CAN’T have or what you CAN”T do. If we just shift our thinking a bit getting healthy and losing weight will be a whole lot easier. Your diet should be looked at as what you can eat. If you have bad eating habits PLEASE don’t do what I did many years ago and throw out most of your pantry. Your spouse may get real mad at you if you do. 😉
Making drastic changes too fast will only result in you falling back to your old ways. Slow and steady wins the race. Your health isn’t a sprint, it’s a journey and you have to keep the big picture in mind.
Here are 6 changes that you can start implementing right away that will help get you moving in the right direction.
1. Start Using Healthy Oils. Coconut Oil has great benefits and it can be used to cook with high heat as well. Olive Oil is also very good for you but not good at high temps.
2. Pre-view The Menu When Eating Out – You don’t have to STOP eating out. However, a quick look at the menu on-line before you go will help you more than you can imagine. Decide what you are going to eat before you even get there. This will keep you from feeling like your taking too long as well as help you make the best decisions. You may want to suggest another restaurant if there are no healthy choices.
When this is in a home or office setting and everyone is bringing something be the one to bring a healthy choice or two. This way you can still enjoy the festivities and maintain your decision to make a few changes. It’s a win win 😉
3. Watch Your Portions – If you were taught as a child that you have to clean your plate before you leave the table, you can throw that one out the window! One of the biggest problems we have is overeating. Only eat until your full and if you have to clean your plate, use a smaller one.
4. Meal Replacement -Use a meal replacement shake for one meal per day. This will give you the protein you need, keep you full longer and add in the superfoods and vitamins your body longs for.
5. Exercise – Doing some kind of exercise at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. When you exercise your body craves the good fuel it needs to keep going.
6. Compromise – If you have a favorite meal from a restaurant or a treat that you love instead of saying “I can never eat that again” find a way to make it at home with some healthier alterations. I have had to do this eating gluten free and you might be surprised by how many recipes you can come up with that taste even better than the original!
I know this isn’t as easily done as said, I’ve been there. FOCUSING on only a couple changes at a time will help you. The key is to not give up. If you get off track brush it off and get back on. Eventually you will start to see the progress your looking for and it will become as natural to you as breathing. 😉
Keep It Real,
BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a happy wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a speaker, teacher, author and former pastor who is passionate about the Gospel of Grace. Her message is sincere, encouraging, simple and profound. Her words will set people free from condemnation and will help usher them into a deeper revelation and understanding of God’s great love.