With the holiday season near (uhmm, wasn't it just September?! &*%$) a few how-to-stay-healthy-tips won't hurt. Try these tips from store owner, Kayleen, to be a healthier you this season:
#1 (and the most important for me) Write out your menu for the week. "I have a journal that I create my menus in. Then on Sunday is my grocery and prep day. It is the best (for me) to do this once a week so I can make sure I have everything I need for the week to come. I cook any chicken, turkey, or beef for that week. Since I eat 5-6 times a day, the journal helps me keep track of what I should be eating and not what I want to eat when the laziness sets in."
#2 Pre-portion and set aside. "I portion out my meals in glad containers so I don't need to worry about it when I am in a rush. If you are new to this, it also helps to label and set aside your days. For instance, on Monday, I have my breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and sinner all together in the same bag so I can't forget anything. It may seem a bit extreme but its easier to do this than realize I forgot my snack and lunch and run through a drive thru because I am starving."
#3 Use your resources. "Writing up a menu may seem a tad daunting for some. I never just make up stuff up off the top of my head, I use ideas from books, pinterest, and bloggers. Advocare for instance (don't worry I am not trying to sell you anything), supplies with you a food book that breaks down your foods, the amounts, and the times. I pull recipes and ideas from there as well as Pinterest. It helps so I don't just eat chicken breast and rice for 4 days because that will get old REALLY fast and one day you will just say, "SCREW IT" and go get a cheeseburger and fries."
#4 Do it with a friend. "Whether it is working out or eating well it's always good to have someone to help keep you accountable. My mom and my trainer are my 2 accountability cops. If I miss a workout, my trainer will call and my mom will tell him if I eat bad. She is one sneaky woman."
#5 READ LABELS. "A little crazy, maybe. At this point it has kind of become fun for me. I have watched enough documentaries and done enough research to know what to look for. If I can't pronounce it, I won't buy it. That means almost everything in the chip aisle and frozen food section. The less processed foods in your life the healthier you will be. For instance, look at the back of bread. You may think you are being super healthy buying "wheat" bread but if you look at the ingredients it will say "Enriched bleached flower". Also, if something says "natural" or "organic" on it, still read the label because they still may have added sugar, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup which are all the same, sugar multiplied by 3".
Your daily habits add up, and have a huge impact on your body. Start simple and make a change or two. Then, add a new healthy habit each week. Now, go and make these changes starting now; don't wait until the new year!