Stressful times y'all. Finals week..During this week I my diet consisted of sugar free red bull and cheese balls. What a time to be alive!
When the going got tough what did I do? I turned to my old eating habits, and I hated myself for it. I have spent the last (almost) year working and striving to change my habits for existing. Everything from eating to working out.
When crunch time was here to test myself... I walked away from the new me.
It was easier to settle in to old habits.
It was easier to make an excuse.
It was easier to cry into a gallon drum of cheese balls instead of meal prep like I normally do.
Another lesson that I have learned over this year is giving myself grace. If you know me personally, you will know that I am extremely hard on myself.
So in light of giving myself grace and moving on since I've beaten myself up way too much about my eating over the last week and a half.
Here's to me Feeling it, Acknowledging it, and Accepting it.
And moving on.
I have a couple of tips and tricks that I live by (typically) week over week, so I thought I would share them with you guys today!
1. MEAL PREP
Being prepared in my eating has been the toughest thing to adjust to. I no longer can just roll up to Jason's Deli and eat a sandwich. It's financially irresponsible. Any time I go out to eat, I think "OMG I'm so excited to eat two bites of this and put it in a to-go box"! So when I can avoid going out and eating out... I do. (Although- I am always here for a brunch situation because I can typically order small sides of eggs and bacon)
Here are some easy meal prep tips to keep under your belt:
- Pick a day that works best with your schedule and get it all done then! For me, Sunday's work best. I always work to prep my meals sunday afternoons.
-Find good tupperware that you will use every week. For me I have small snack size containers that I found at target. I use them every week for EVERYTHING!
-Live by the food scale. One of the things I do is weigh all of my portions out. Its tedious yes, BUT when you stick to it you will have a better idea of what you are taking in. For me, I weigh out every single meal. I have to in order to make sure that my food portions aren't too big so my stomach doesn't stretch.
-Think fresh, think easy, think High protein! If you are planning on doing a lower carb diet, just be careful. I eat "low carb" however, I plan my carbs. Think fresh veggies, and high high protein
2. PLAN YOUR CARBS
Planning your carbs are super important. I don't know if you are like me... but carbs are my go to when I am stressed or emotional eating. Instead of depriving myself from them I have decided just to control them.
-eat your carbs in the morning or for lunch
-think complex carbs not high processed, high gluten
3. BE PREPARED
When you are going somewhere, be prepared. From what I have experienced no one will judge you for bringing your own food somewhere. Wether its to a friends house or to the gym, I always bring something with me because I know that I am going to need it.
Forgetting these 3 things have sent me on a tail spin. These are the core to how I function now post surgery and would be great for anyone looking to make a change in their eating habits.
Change is never easy.