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How to create a healthy environment that supports a healthy lifestyle journey? What do we need?


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I will try to answer that question for my situation.

My goal is to create an environment where I do not have to overthink what to eat when I get hungry. If I pre-plan and pre-cook foods, and have them on hand when hunger strikes, I will naturally turn to them instead of grabbing just any old thing that is convenient.

What do I need?
I need plenty of fresh vegetables and some fruits. I plan on steaming several servings of vegetables to have on hand for snacks. I will cook double portions of proteins so that I can grab a portion and eat it when I get hungry.

Exercise is also an important element in my healthy lifestyle journey. I have mapped out where in my apartment I can safely do my exercises. I have purchased the equipment I need (mostly resistance bands), a set of barbells, and a foam roller, and I borrowed a stability ball.

I leave some of the equipment out in plain sight to remind me I need to exercise.

I don't bring junk food into the house, so the next step is to pre-cook food so it is ready to eat when needed.

Any suggestions ?
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SHOES17 3/7/2013 7:51PM

    I kept trying to find a place to make comments on your comments. LOL I really liked your comment to your blog!! I have used some of those strategies in the past...thanks for reminding me!

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SHOES17 3/7/2013 7:46PM

    awesome!!!

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QUERIDAANA 3/7/2013 4:37AM

    This is a response to the question for my cue for water. I drink water according to one of 3 plans:

Plan 1
Drink a cup of water every time I go to the bathroom (to replace fluids).

Plan 2
Buy little bottles of water and line them up as a visual cue to remind me to drink it. When I have drunk 8 or 10 cups of water and see the empty bottles lined up, I feel good about having practiced this healthy habit of hydration.

Plan 3
Drink 2 cups of water at each of my 6 mini-meals. That makes it easy because no counting is involved. It is built in to my food plan.

When I take walks or exercise, I bring along my botle of water to rehydrate, too.


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NEW-CAZ 3/7/2013 3:00AM

    Great plan!
Do some batch cooking and freeze into portions or keep your meals simple so cooking time is minimal.

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HOUNDLOVER1 3/7/2013 1:02AM

    Great plan! The one thing I found helpful is to get used to a few foods that are very simple, like apple slices with almond butter, a bag of sprouts, a few carrots, a few nuts, a hard-boiled egg, a few berries. Fancy recipes are great once in a while but put the focus on the "incredible eating experience" that we often see on TV cooking shows and in magazines rather than on simply nourishing our body.

Birgit

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MSEMBERSTORM 3/6/2013 10:29PM

    Very nice. It looks like you have this thought out and well planned.

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JAZZMINE 3/6/2013 7:09PM

    I like to keep ingredients for fruit protein shakes on hand and make a big pot of bean soup on the weekends to have for the week.

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PLUMERIA50 3/6/2013 6:23PM

  What's your cue for water?

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JANELMARIESTAR 3/6/2013 6:10PM

    I make sure that I am doing something I like for exercise. That is what has helped me to lose weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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