Our home is the one place we have the most control. It can either make or break our habits. It takes time to figure out what works for you. What works for one may not work for all, so always tailor this to your needs and what is the most beneficial for you. Read below for three simple recommendations for setting up your home for success!
Out of sight out of mind
I live by this rule. If its not there, you can’t eat it. We all have trigger foods. You know, the food you have no control over; the pint of ice cream, a bag of chips, a block of cheese, a chocolate bar, we all have our weaknesses. I am not saying that you can’t have them, I’m just saying you can’t have them in your house. If you want ice cream, purchase a single serving size or order a small portion when eating out.
Prep & plan ahead of time
Planning is key to success. I discuss meal planning more in detail here. It is important to have a plan to attack each week. If you identify your weaknesses ahead of time, you can prepare beforehand to help you fight those cravings. If we have to wash, cut, and serve our snacks chances are we won’t eat those snacks. So it’s important to have healthy snacks ready to grab. Pick a day that works for you and just chop up some fruit and veggies.
Examples: celery, peppers, carrot sticks and portion them out to grab for hummus or guacamole instead of reaching for chips. Wash a bag of grapes/berries, I prefer to soak them in water and apple cider vinegar and portion them out in ziploc bags to make them easy to grab or toss in the freezer.
Swap, rock & roll
We all have our favorites meals that we enjoy that may not be the healthiest option for us. You can turn these decadent dinners into healthy meals by swapping a simple ingredient, or even the method of cooking and watch the small changes add up!
Examples: Instead of frying food, use the oven instead to make it crispy. Choose whole grain pasta, zoodles, or spaghetti squash instead of regular pasta.
When you are ready to make healthy changes, open up your fridge, freezer, and pantry and see what needs to go, what can stay, and what needs to be swapped out for! Slow and steady wins the race!