I spent way too many years of my life battling with food. It seems silly when you think about it because I really love food. So why did I fight with it so much? In the beginning it was a battle with over-eating. Then it was making sure I ate the perfect amount and panicking when I didn’t. From there I found weight loss shakes that eventually lead me to fruits and vegetables. From fruits and vegetables it went to vegetarian, to vegan to gluten free. All of which lead to heart palpatations and constant muscle aches. I wish I would have known that it didn’t have to be like this. Starting a healthy diet doesn’t have to be from one extreme to the next. In fact, smaller steps lead to better lasting results. So before you go doing anything drastic, check out these 11 super simple ways to start a healthy diet that sticks.
When I first started eating healthy I was dropping $500 in the first week grocery shopping. Not a good idea when you’re a stay at home mom and your husband only gets paid once a month. No sir, no it’s not. Looking back I can tell a few major things that got in my way:
Now it’s crazy to me since we have started downsizing our debt and living on a budget how much we are able to spend when it comes to grocery shopping for our family of 5. It took me years to get to this point and I don’t want that for you. So let me tell you about how my family of 5 eats healthy for $100 a week.
As we get closer to the new year, I know more and more of you are thinking about your new years resolution. In fact, over a quarter of the resolutions set involve better health, fitness, or both. Trust me, I have watched many a people in my life set these goals and fail in large part due to finances. Since I don’t want you substituting one bad habit for another (over-spending) I have laid out 7 easy ways to set your health and fitness goals without breaking the bank. Because funny enough, the 3rd most common resolution is to be better with finances. Things that make you go, “Hmmm..?”
Meal prep can be crazy overwhelming when you’re not even sure how to begin. With a family of 5, it’s super important for me to only spend one day meal prepping healthy meals for the whole family rather than take hours each day to get food on the table. Personally, I love cooking and creating new meals all the time. If you are not great in the kitchen then you have got to check out the $5 Meal Plan! This meal plan and grocery list was created by a busy mother of 4 designed to help other moms cook healthy and still stick to a budget! When you are all ready to prep follow along this 6 step meal prep to save yourself time and energy so you can get more time throughout the rest of your week!
I avoid red meats, so my family only purchases turkey bacon. It’s absolutely delicious but one big downfall was the less-crunchy-ness of it all. You know what I mean. If you are with the majority of bacon eaters, you prefer yours with a little crunch; or crispy. Should you not be one of the crispy bacon seekers, this post isn’t for you. Here are some other options: Morning Mindfulness. How to Reduce Stress Before Getting Out of Bed. The Kindness Experiment. Just a few light hearted pieces so we can move past this whole bacon debacle. For you crispy bacon lovers, read on to find out how to cook turkey bacon in the oven.
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What a seriously depressing topic, right? I was inspired after reading a post by Alex at Fitnancials.com called The Harsh Reality of Owning a Fitness Blog. It was all about people’s harsh words toward her when they didn’t think her fitness was fit enough. The fact that she lost weight while taking care of herself and bettering her health never crossed their minds apparently. While there are so, so, so many benefits to eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, the truth is, there are some serious downfalls as well. I have read posts that have similar titles to “10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle” but their reasons are always a little shifty. 1. It’s so hard getting new clothes once you lose weight and get your 6 pack abs! –Uhh, no, no, that all sounds great and you’re just tricking people into reading this. Not cool, ma’am, not cool. So I’m going to break it down and get real, 10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle.