I found myself slipping into a few bad habits with my eating and if I want to shift the last of this weight and continue to get healthier then I really need to start making a few changes. These are my 5 ways to change bad eating habits.
Most mornings now I haven’t been eating breakfast, just grabbing a quick cup of tea, this really needs to change as by about 10:30am I’m starving and sticking my head in the fridge or pantry and grabbing one of the kids snacks to put me on until lunch. I’m going to move my meal planning to the next step and plan all my meals, breakfast, lunch & dinner that way I’m getting rid of the excuses.
The key things going on my next shopping list will be porridge oats, for both traditional porridge & Overnight Oats (I’ve got a fab recipe for Overnight Oats, it’s such a simple breakfast). Linda McCartney or Quorn sausages, and lot’s of fruit & yoghurt.
2. MEAL PLANNING & PREPPING
A lot of the time I turn to snacks or the wrong food as hunger has crept up on me and I need something quick, then I can’t decide what to have or have no inspiration about what to make especially if it’s just for me so meal planning all my weekly meals will help with this. I can prep some meals in advance, use leftovers etc so I know I’m going to be eating healthy all day and more to the point, I’ll be prepared so again, no excuses!
3. DRINK MORE WATER
I know I don’t drink enough water, whenever I’m thirsty I just end up putting the kettle on and making a cup of tea. I don’t even want to think about the extra calorie intake with all the tea I drink! I’ve started leaving a bottle of water in the fridge next to milk so whenever I reach in for milk to make a cup of tea I can remind myself to drink water instead, or at least have a glass of water too.
4. REDUCING MY CARBS
This for me is quite a personal one, I end up getting so bloated when eating carbs, especially bread & pasta but even potatoes give me the bloat, seriously I look pregnant sometimes so I don’t know why I do it to myself. I’m not even the biggest fan of bread but I’ll still make myself a sandwich for lunch as it’s quick and I don’t really know what else to make myself. I’m going to do some research (Pinterest) some for low carb recipe ideas and incorporate them into my meal plan to reduce the bloat & sluggishness.
5. TRY QUORN
Ok I know this is a bit of a random one but I really want to start introducing Quorn into my diet. It’s low fat and high protein so ticks the healthy boxes for me and you can cook it from frozen! Yes that’s a major benefit for me as I can keep the freezer stocked with lots of choice, mince, chicken, sausages etc then just grab it straight out of the freezer & cook instead of my usual excuse of ‘I forgot to get something out of the freezer so I’ll have to have…’ The hubby loves a bacon or sausage butty on a weekend so I’ll be having my Quorn sausages & scrambled egg for a healthier & lower carb option!
I’ve kept my list short as I know it’s more manageable for me to start changing my habits, hopefully this will become my new eating habits and I’ll be able to keep progressing from there. I’m determined not to let this slip now, I want my body back but I want to FEEL better too.
If you’ve got any tips or little gems of advice then feel free to send it my way!