In conjunction with planning your meals, making healthy meals in advance and then freezing them is one way to have meals made for the times that you want to have something ready and healthy but that requires that it had been prepared at some point in time.
Another part to this is to buy healthy meats, fruits, etc. when they are on sale and to freeze them. Be sure that they are healthy and free of things we should not be eating (because these unhealthy meats or meats with unhealthy chemicals/content/etc. are often the meats that go on sale).
Frozen grapes are a great sweet snack!
How we view food is very much related to our eating patterns. Think of how much of our comments and thoughts regarding food are involved in a good-bad and all-or-nothing mentality. Think of how we throw around the word “diet.” When we indulge or make poor food choices we are “bad,” we have “sinned,” and we need to “go on a diet.”
Our value, moral or otherwise, does not lie in how much we have or have not eaten, being on a diet is not a path to redemption or cleansing, and once we have “sinned” we do not need to keep “sinning” because we have already ruined our healthy eating.
We should view healthy eating as a long-term thing and not as a temporary diet. In fact, get rid of the word diet in your conversations with yourself and others and replace it instead with “healthy eating” or if you must keep the word “diet” in your vocabulary, place an adjective in front of it such as “healthy diet” to emphasise that you are eating healthily as opposed to a short-term eating pattern designed to make you lose weight.
Once you make it clear to yourself and to others that you are in this for the long haul, the way in which you interact with food will change which will result in positive effects.
It is easy to be unhappy with our bodies or to take for granted and to undervalue all that our bodies do for us as they are when we are focused on changing them to what we want them to be. Take time daily to give gratitude for all that your body does for you on a daily basis and for the fact that it has taken you this far. Your body is a miracle and we have not been able to make anything that matches it.
Give gratitude for all that your body does for you and not only will you appreciate something miraculous and amazing, but you will likely find that your body will do even more for you and work with you even more in trying to reach your goals. Everyone likes to be appreciated for the work they do and for what they bring to the table, and appreciation goes a long way; keep in mind that your body is no different.
Gratitude is the best body attitude.
Losing weight is a journey, not a destination. And as a journey, it involves a lot of ups and downs, a lot of “two steps forwards, and one step backs,” and a lot of things that do not go quite as planned. The journey does not always show results, and it does not immediately show results. It will take you out of your comfort zone; it will place you in a vulnerable place; it will make you unhappy and uncomfortable long before it feels worthwhile or empowering. Sometimes you will feel it before you see it; sometimes you will see it and then it’s gone.
Regardless of whether you see results, do not see results, or see results and then it changes, it is important to stay committed to yourself, your overall health, and putting your best food forward in the overall journey of life.
The reality is that our diets are inundated with too many calories that cannot be used and that do not nourish our bodies. Going from a place of caloric abundance (both calories that nourish our bodies and calories that do not), to a place of a caloric deficit (for weight loss) and a place of caloric limitations (for weight maintenance) does mean that sometimes you might still be hungry. Arguably, one could repeatedly answer the hunger between planned foods with healthy food (fruits and vegetables, landing more on the vegetable side) but sometimes even when doing this, one could still be hungry or have repeat occurrences of hunger.
This can be challenging and something of a struggle, especially when trying to lose weight and especially when coming from a place where one is used to being full and satisfied all the time but sometimes it ends up being part of the process and eventually one comes to recognize what is normal and true hunger, as opposed to what hunger is related to always wanting to be full.