I just came across your website and saw that you have a questions of the week section so I thought to send in my inquiry. I am a 42 year old mother with 3 children and have unfortunately gained a lot of weight since having my first child over 12 years ago. I want to start eating healthier but I just don’t know where and how I should begin. Any specific advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a bunch and keep up the good work!
Healthy Question of the Week 4
Thanks for taking the time to write in to send us your healthy question of the week. Regardless of how you have lived the past 12 years after having children, a positive point to keep in mind is that you are ready to start making some changes in your nutrition. That in itself needs to be commended.
Before we dive into this topic, if your kids have not been eating in a healthy manner also, and you really want to make a healthy nutritional change, they will have to come on board also. Reason being, how are you going to avoid drinking soda and chips if you see them eating that stuff regularly? It will be nearly impossible to stick with healthy nutrition if your kitchen is littered with junk food tempting you to eat whenever your eyes see them.
First off, you need to get rid of the junk, or at least for now don’t buy any of it the next time you go to the market. That means no soda, energy drinks, ice cream, cakes, pies, cookies, crackers, donuts, cupcakes, etc. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, beneficial in those items and the only thing they offer is a ton of wasted calories that pack on the pounds. If you want to lose weight then these things have got to go.
Trust me, I know from experience. I used to be a daily soda drinker and would munch on chips and cookies whenever I plastered myself in front of the television. These days I might have a soda once or twice a month, cookies or crackers even more rare. Now that I’ve changed my eating habits I don’t even miss those things anymore. I’d rather have a large cold glass of water with a banana or some almonds with raisins. Mmmmmm, tastes so good!
But all this did not change overnight. It took a mental commitment and willpower to change my unhealthy habits. That started by not letting junk food items find a home in my kitchen. Once I got rid of that stuff, and focused on preparing healthy meals and snacks my habits changed.
Take it slow at first and be willing to experiment with new meals and combinations. Here are two links you can start with that will give you 10 healthy snacks you can take anywhere, along with 25+ healthy meals with leftover ideas.
Best wishes tackling your nutrition and I hope you keep me posted on your progress.
In Health and Happiness,
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