Becoming Healthy: Creating Better Habits
I feel like creating healthy habits is such a challenge for a single gal!
It’s so easy to get caught in an endless cycle of getting takeout.
For me this is how it always starts:
I decide I want to eat healthy and take a long and expensive trip to the grocery store getting all the things I think I’ll need to start eating cleaner. Of course that day I’m so exhausted from the act of grocery shopping that I get takeout on the way home.
I usually make a valiant effort at meal prepping and end up with a refrigerator full of meals to start the week. Then life happens.
Monday a friend wants to go out to dinner, Wednesday I get caught in a late meeting and grab some food on the way home, Friday everyone at work is going out for lunch, so of course I want to go with them and then Saturday I get invited out on an unexpected date (okay, that last one may be a tad unrealistic! lol!).
By now all the meals that I so carefully prepped are now a week old and the salad that I promised myself I would start eating is all soggy and wilted. So I throw out half of the meals that I prepped and the bag of salad that doesn’t look appetizing anymore, and vow to start fresh next week.
Anyone else caught up in this cycle?
Once you get caught up in the take out cycle it’s a tough one to break! So what’s a gal to do?
It can be so complicated to figure out where to begin.
How do you even figure out what to eat? There’s so many competing strategies out there! It’s so important to figure out what works for your body. The eating plan that helped your coworker lose 30 pounds may not work for you at all and that’s OK!
One strategy that has helped me is meal planning. I sit down on Friday or Saturday and look at the upcoming week. I try to figure out what events I have going on and how many meals I’ll be eating at home. Then I plan out what I’m going to eat and head to the grocery store.
This plan has helped me decrease waste. When I go to the store without a list I always buy way to much. If you take the time to plan out your meals before heading to the store your list should be drastically shorter.
Going to the grocery store once a week may not be practical for your life, especially if you travel a lot for business or work an atypical shift. I worked night shift for seven years so I totally understand! I found buying frozen food or freezing the food I bought to be helpful if I couldn’t get to the grocery. This way you won’t need to throw out quite as much. You can just keep some frozen meat, veggies and whatever else on hand and cook it up as needed.
Another strategy that has changed my relationship with food is the FASTer Way to Fat Loss.
For me personally the FASTer Way to Fat Loss has been an amazing!
** I am a Certified Coach for FASTer Way to Fat Loss. If you join a round as a client, I will receive a commission.**
The FASTer Way to Fat Loss is a lifestyle that combines whole food nutrition, carb cycling and intermittent fasting.
So what does all that mean? Let me explain!
Whole Food Nutrition- In the FASTer Way we focus on eating foods that come from the ground or have a mother. We also eliminate gluten and dairy as these foods can cause unpleasant side effects for many people. But, don’t worry there’s still room for a treat on leg day!
Intermittent Fasting- I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds! Basically you consume all your calories in an 8 hour window of time. Most people eat from about noon until 8pm, but you can adjust the window to fit your life!
Carb Cycling- You get to eat carbs again! Healthy carbs will help you have more energy during your weight lifting workouts. We do have 2 low carb days a week during the FASTer Way and these days are paired with high intensity interval training. This will help transition your body from being a sugar burner to being a fat burner.
Macro Tracking- You will be taught how to track your macros so that you can make sure you are eating enough of the right foods to fuel your body! We want to have the right balance of fat, protein and carbs. This program is more concerned with making sure you’re eating enough to fuel your workouts than restricting what you are eating.
Workouts- We focus on paring the right workouts with the right foods. There is a weight based workout 3 days a week and a high intensity interval training workout 2 days a week. Don’t worry if you’re totally new to working out, or if it’s just been a while since you worked out. There are workouts for gym and home as well as a low impact version. Many people have also just focused on the nutrition portion of the program and have still had great results, so don’t let the workouts scare you off!
Community- Community is such a big part of the FASTer Way! During the program you will be placed in a Facebook group where you can interact with other ladies who are also going through the program. We check in daily for accountability. The goal is progress over perfection and the Facebook group provides the perfect place to encourage and cheer each other on!
If this sounds like a program that could work for you, and you’d like to know when my next round is starting up, use the link below to get some more information!
Whatever strategy works for you, now is a great time to start eating better and creating healthier habits. Even though life gets crazy as a single gal, it only gets crazier once you add a husband and kids to the mix. The habits you develop now while you’re single will serve you well for years to come! Don’t waste this single season! Use it to learn and grow into the best version of yourself!