Putting your body on a diet is not a big deal. Many people are going through that process over their entire life… Why don’t we learn from our own mistakes? Why we prefer going through the same process again and again (and fail again and again) rather than relearn ones and fix the issue forever?
To eat healthier, we should THINK healthier. Healthier thinking means a happier life. So many times I’ve heard:
- “How can I lose weight if I cook for my husband and kids who like potatoes, popcorn, pizza and sweets?”
- “How can I eat breakfast if I don’t have time in the morning and have to be at work at 8am sharp?
- “I am overweight just because my metabolism is slow hereditary, so there is nothing I can do about that”
While all those reasons make some sense, they are still from “complaints on circumstances” category. I agree that some circumstances may be too challenging, but you can always change YOURSELF in order to be happier under those “unchangeable” circumstances.
Declining your own role in your own life doesn’t take you too far.
Let’s say you are willing to start eating healthier and to lose some weight. Before you think of putting your body on a diet, firstly put on a diet your THOUGHTS and your WORDS. Healthy thoughts and healthy habits will soon create a strong base for a healthy body.
How to start eating healthier? Let’s rethink the first sentence mentioned above:
“How can I lose weight if I cook for my husband and kids who like potatoes, popcorn, pizza and sweets?”
You and your family like all that unhealthy food just because you got used to it. Period.
Maybe your husband has always eaten that kind of food at his mother’s home. When you got married, you wanted to please him and continued cooking the same meals. When kids were born, they were eating whatever was offered to them at home.
If you want to start eating healthier, start thinking healthier!
- Look for healthy recipes
- Make a list for a grocery store and buy only food from your list, do not visit other aisles!
- Cook healthier meals for the entire family, not just for yourself. Believe me; they’ll accept it very quickly because new meals will taste even better than the old, unhealthy ones.
I recall how I was switching (and transferring my family) to healthier eating. At first, I was very confused. What should I offer to my son for lunch if he used to eat meatballs with mashed potatoes, cheese ravioli or pasta Alfredo?
It seemed just impossible and undoable, and of course the transformation didn’t happen overnight. The very first step I took, I stopped buying that kind of food completely. Potatoes, white bread, rice and flour, cookies or donuts are totally disappeared from our house. Was my family happy with that? Hmm…not really…but…
When you don’t see it, you don’t want it. Even if you still want it, you simply don’t have it. 😉
Your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets should never be empty; they should be filled with HEALTHY replacements.
No cookies? Well, is there anything else? Sure, a lot of fresh fruits, berries, dry fruits, dark chocolate, and nuts.
No mashed potatoes? How about whole grain pasta with basil, pine nuts, and spiced olive oil?
To start eating healthier, start THINKING healthier.
Choose thoughts that are helping you, not hurting you.