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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
    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!
    1899 days ago
  • SHOES17
    1899 days ago
    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.

    1900 days ago
    Great plan!
    Do some batch cooking and freeze into portions or keep your meals simple so cooking time is minimal.
    1900 days ago
    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.

    1900 days ago
    Very nice. It looks like you have this thought out and well planned.
    1900 days ago
    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.

    1900 days ago
    What's your cue for water?
    1900 days ago
    I make sure that I am doing something I like for exercise. That is what has helped me to lose weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1901 days ago
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