Accountability. I talked last week about how reporting to you guys on my blog keeps me accountable, but I haven’t been completely honest with you about everything. You see, I talk the talk, but I don’t always walk the walk. Yes that makes me human, but it doesn’t mean it’s completely ok, so I thought I would out myself, come out of the closet and confess to my bad habits, while at the same time creating a plan to break them. They say that sharing your goals is a great way to achieve them which I totally agree with.
So below is a list of my bad habits, why I feel they’re “bad” and my plan to break them.
How to create good eating habits:
|Sugar cereal for breakfast||Too much sugar, not enough nutrients and protein, causes a mid-morning sugar crash.||Green protein smoothie for breakfast (spinach, berries, ½ a banana, milk, chia, 1 scoop of protein)|
|Mid-morning muffin with my coffee||Too much sugar, not enough nutrients and protein, causes a lunch time sugar crash.||Greek yogurt (like Chobani), handful of nuts, carrots or cucumber slices.|
|Buying my lunch||While I do buy healthy stuff (hard boiled eggs, tuna sandwiches, yogurt, apples, salad etc), I ‘m spending way too much money:||Make my lunch (and mid-morning snack) at home every night before bed. Being able to do this will depend on me actually going to the grocery store and BUYING the stuff I need for my lunch.|
|Quick pre-packaged dinners||High sodium, low nutrients, and a whole pile of other bad things.||Get back to the basics. Plan a weekly meal plan of simple dinners. Buy the groceries. Make the dinners the night before and pop them in the microwave.|
|Alcohol and bed time snacks (pretzels, chips etc)||Empty calories||I don’t drink soda, but I have a craving for “bubbles” every night after the kids go to bed. Healthier bed time snacks. Carbonated water and fruit would satisfy my cravings and offer less calories and more nutrients.|
Can you see how the cycle of failing to plan and sugar-crash-sugar-crash-sugar keeps me from making smart food choices?
It’s time for me to create some GOOD HABITS!
Last night, after putting the kids to bed, I took my shopping list to the grocery store and purchased the food I need to get back on track, and even packed a lunch and snacks for myself: