I generally eat healthy and my kids enjoy a variety of food, but I have some serious health flaws. I love a fast, easy meal, even if it is terrible for me, I don’t eat breakfast, and I hate going to the gym. Sometimes my car is filled with fast food bags and I hate myself for it. Other times I’m blasting my mom of the year recipes on Facebook and making my kid’s school lunches the envy of their friends. Why can’t I be more consistent? Because I’m expertly flawed, of course, but here’s my attempt to try in 2017.
- Stop eating out
Sometimes I actually convince myself that I’ve been so productive that I deserve to be treated to a meal someone else cooks for me. Other times, I convince myself that I’m just too tired to cook a meal for myself and my family. Either way, some weeks we eat out more than we cook and that needs to change! Pintrest get ready, because I’m coming for you! I will be pinning recipes and actually cooking them! Night one Baja fish Tacos… Yum! One night a week I will treat myself.
- Eat Breakfast!
I’m guilty of running out the door without breakfast. Most days I purposely skip it and have even been guilty of not making my kids eat breakfast as well. I’m not sure if there’s something chemical to not wanting to eat so early in the morning but it seems so since they couldn’t care about this important meal either. I’ve heard nutritionists, coaches and my nagging husband say that it’s the most important meal of the day. It jumpstarts your metabolism and gets everything moving. So, I started the New Year off right and bought some yummy breakfast foods at the grocery store. My breakfast is a piece of whole wheat toast with almond butter and a smoothie. I’m still struggling with finding healthy breakfast foods my kids will eat. Share some of your favorites with me (here)
- Sweat at the gym, not over eating clean all the time
I don’t have any gluten free requirements or allergies so why do I obsess over eating clean all the time. I obsess over it so much, I sometimes skip a meal (or stop and get something completely unhealthy) just to rebel against the cutting and prepping that preparing fresh food requires. This DOES NOT mean that I’m going to abandon fresh foods completely, I’m just not going to sweat it if I include carbs like whole wheat bread or brown rice lunch or dinner. AND FRUIT! Screw the sugar… I’m eating fruit dammit!
4. Exercise for an hour a day 4-6 days per week
Eating right is only half the battle… and all that blather. I know I have to get my exercise on if I want to feel good mentally. Plus, I’ve noticed that when I’m in a regular workout routine, I naturally want to eat better. After all, why suffer through an hour of pure pain, when one fast food sandwich will throw it all away?
5. Stop being so hard on yourself (period).