Is there one time of year when more temptation is packed into two hours than Halloween? If you find yourself asking, “How can I keep from eating all the candy?” every year around this time, here are some practical tips.
(Note: some of these ideas can also help you get through the candy deluge that happens around Valentine’s, Easter, and Christmas.)
If you’ve tried big, sweeping changes and found them overwhelming, or if you’ve tried a system with strict rules where one single misstep is seen as a complete failure, you might find the 2 Things Challenge refreshing. And doable. And hope-giving.
The 2 Things Challenge
Here’s what it is:
- Change two things for 20 days. That’s all!
- One of the things will be about what you eat, and the other will be about why you eat. (I wrote recently about why you need to change both if you want weight loss to be permanent. If you missed that post, read it here.)
- You choose the things! You’re not living by someone else’s rules. Choose what’s most important, or easiest, or makes you feel the most positive about tackling.
Ingredient readiness makes healthy homecooking so much easier! Fresh baby spinach is one of those things that’s ALWAYS on hand in my fridge. Its flavor and texture are very mild, and it’s an easy way to add healthy greens to so many dishes. But if you don’t store it right, it can quickly waste away into a slimy mess in the bottom of the veggie drawer!
Here are my tips on storage to keep spinach fresh as long as possible.
FOOD FREEDOM IS:
Being free to make your own personal, informed choices about food.
I remember when I first felt a glimmer of hope that I might actually be able to lose the weight I’d gained over the course of several stressful years. I found a website for a personal trainer, and the people in the “before pics” looked a lot like me. But what was even more encouraging was their “after pics.” They looked leaner, healthier, happier — but not like they were spending two hours a day working out. Maybe this is possible, I thought. And I actually cried from relief. I hadn’t realized just how hopeless I felt until a little ray of hope shone into my gloomy heart.
I’ve summarized this before, but never written a detailed post about how I eat mostly Paleo, most of the time. I thought that might be helpful for you to see what #foodfreedom looks like for me.
Pan-seared salmon happens every week in my house! It looks impressive, but it’s so easy, fool-proof (unless you walk away and forget about it), and takes less than 10 minutes.
So New Year, new you? Thinking of quitting sugar, quitting processed food, eating more real food, trying gluten-free, grain-free, or going Paleo? I’ve done all of those, and while I’ve landed on a real foods, mostly-veggies-and-meat formula, I’ve collected quite a few tips that work for a wide variety of healthy diets.
Making the switch from convenience food — whether from restaurants or frozen meals — to a whole-foods/real food/homecooked lifestyle does have a learning curve, but once you learn a few tricks and practice them until they become habits, it’ll be a breeze!
Set yourself up for success by trying a few kitchen stocking and ingredient tricks. Here are all my best “tips for eating healthier” and “meal plan” posts: