A healthy lifestyle including one which involves weight loss is a lifestyle that unfortunately needs to be quite planned until it becomes second nature.
As the weekend is approaching it is wise to use these two days to plan ahead for your week of following healthier principles.
There are various ways you can plan to be healthier, here is a list of 5 things to do.
1. Bulk Cook
Bulk cooking is a fabulous way to be able to not only plan and prepare healthy meals for work or the evenings, but to save money as well.
Plan meals which you can refrigerate and freeze so you have plenty of options to eat when you are tired and do not feel like cooking.
By being prepared you will be less likely to make poor food choices.
Some of my favourite bulk meals are:
- Pasta sauces with tomato bases and vegetables.
- Bolognese sauce packed with vegetables (great for the kids too).
- Vegetarian lasagne.
- Green chicken curry.
- Soups, soups, soups galore.
2. Prepare Snacks
I often pack snack packs for myself and the kids. The weekend can be spent actually packing the snack packs or planning what snacks I will buy at the shops.
3. Menu Planning
Without a doubt this is one of the best ways to plan a healthier life. You can plan just your main meal or breakfast, lunch and snacks as well. The 28 diet and exercise plan of the Healthy Mummy is a great way to learn some healthy recipes to use in your menu planning or you can look on our site to find some great recipes too.
4. Exercise Time
Exercise is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle. You do not need to run a marathon three times a week, but as long as you are moving for around 30 minutes a day, you are on your way to a healthier you.
Use the time on the weekend to plan some time in your diary for exercise. You might even need to put it in your diary like a meeting. Block it out and stick to it. This time is important for you and really try to commit to it, even if you need to get up 15 minutes earlier then normal.
5. Mind Space
Committing yourself to a healthier lifestyle can be incredibly personal and having mental clarity around why you are doing it and how you will achieve your goals is an important part of the journey.
Take some time out for yourself to reflect on how you are going and what the next steps are.
Be kind to yourself. As the saying goes, “It is about the journey not the destination.” This is incredibly true in regards to a healthy lifestyle. It is something that grows and changes with you as your health develops and improves. Roll with it and make better choices each day. You will get there.
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