Words Of Encouragement
Just starting out on your journey to a healthier you can be HARD. Read on for some great tips on how to make those changes…
One of the best benefits of learning how to eat to fuel my body, as a mom, was learning what a healthy plate looks like. I learned so much from the 21 Day Fix meal plan guide that I have incorporated not only into the way I eat, but for how I prepare meals for my whole family.
When we first started on this health and fitness journey, I had a really hard time integrating the nutrition side of “being healthy”. Heck, it took me a while to get used to the fitness side too, but once I got into the swing of working out, I started loving it. The nutrition side is a whole different ball game for me. The BEST thing that I did when I was trying to figure out where to start was I journaled what I ate the prior day. Then I figured out how that fit (and didn’t fit) into the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan Guide. After doing that, I knew where I should be making small tweaks to my meals so that I would see better results and be healthier.
It also has helped for me to keep junk foods OUT of the house. I used the expression “Say no to yourself once: at the grocery store!” that I’d learned from another member in my Beachbody Challenge Group. That saying made sense to me, and I wanted to teach my kids the same thing. Rather than me having m&m’s in a bag that they ask me for 10 times throughout the day, not even having them on the shelves was a few less “no”’s I had to tell my kids. It helped me get creative in making the snacks fun, and the meals tasty!
My kids adapted really well! My husband did too. I’m thankful that my family is not very picky and they’re willing to try new foods with me. I found Pinterest to be SUPER helpful when it came to finding meals that were family friendly AND healthy. I also started incorporating more veggies and fruits into our meals. When we used to have meat & potatoes with maybe a veggie on the side, now we’ll have meat, a healthy carb, a veggie and a fruit on the table.
I know it sounds crazy, but my kids actually get all excited about Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Quinoa, Squash, all sorts of really healthy foods. It really is possible to re-train our habits and taste buds.
We still have ice cream, pizza and cheeseburgers every now and again, just not every day or week, and you know what? My whole family is healthy, strong, and adjusted. So be encouraged if you are just starting on your journey to a healthier family – with time and consistency, your kids WILL adjust and when they’re adults they’ll thank you. When they do, you can pat yourself on the back knowing you did the hard, but right thing for your family!