Honestly, eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. But you do have to put the time into it, and it's always good to do your research. Salads and such are great healthy alternatives. Chicken breasts are good, and fruits. Lots of veggies. You just have to pay attn to pricing. Maybe you have to go to multiple stores to get the best price for what you want. Up your fiber too. It'll help run the stuff through your body.
I do the following: Plan my meals by the week; Count calories; Exercise regularly.
If you plan your meals by the week, you only buy what you need for the week! Don't buy more than that! If you do buy more make batches and freeze it. For example, if I buy a melon, I cut it and portion it out so my serving is one cup or whatever. I freeze the rest in one cup portions in ziploc baggies. Take it out when I need it. Also, be smart about your meal planning, that way you don't waste foods like lettuce which will go bad within a week, if not sooner.
Secondly, cut out all the junk in your diet- it'll save you TONS of money and unhealthy calories! if you need a snack, choose a healthy snack, and portion it out so you don't eat too much of it. Just cos it's healthy or healthier, doesn't mean you should eat it all! Cut the fast food if you eat it. And cut the frozen foods. I also eat 6 times a day, about 2 hours apart. I eat a breakfast that is equal to about 200-300 calories. I eat 3 snack a day that range from 80-110 calories (it depends on how many calories my meals are, so it varies slightly. I try to keep all meals and snacks a consistent # of calories, though.) My lunch is usually no less than 300 calories, but no more than 400. And my dinner is about 450 calories. And my 3rd snack is dessert. I like jell-o, personally. Low calories, and sweet. Not the healthiest, but hey, can't be perfect. In between, I drink tons of water, which is extremely important in staving off hunger, esp when you just start a pretty strict routine. After about a week, your body gets used to the transition, and you'll find it's not difficult to maintain. It's just a little bit of work start and stick with it until your body gets used to it.the 1st couple of days can be rough, esp if you underestimate the importance of drinking water in between your meals and snacks. If you don't drink at least 1-2 bottles of water in between each meal and snack, you'll find yourself STARVING! And wanting to eat everything in sight. Also, cut out juices. They have a tendency to be high in calories and sugar. If I have juice, it's usually at breakfast and those calories get counted as part of my meal. So it's usually only about 1/2 cup of orange juice or something. I'm crazy weird, and seriously measure my stuff out. Yes, I measure 1/2 cup of orange juice. I wish I was joking, but I'm not. Lol. Also, make sure you're paying attn to how much fiber you're getting in the stuff you buy, make sure you're not getting stuff high in sodium or sugar, and that'll help a lot. Carbs are not your enemy, esp if you're exercising! Carbs are good for you! So while it's in your best interest to watch how much bread and pasta you're eating, it is not necessary to cut it out of your diet. =) You just really gotta pay attn to the nutrition facts, and compare. That's really what you have to do, and it takes time, for sure, but your health is more than worth it. And you will find yourself having to pay a little more for the better stuff sometimes, but if you gradually ease yourself and your budget into it, you'll find that you can get the healthier stuff with the budget you're working with.
Thirdly, it's okay to splurge once a week or so. Don't go cold turkey, because it's no fun! Have a burger, go out to dinner, whatever. You'll find that once you start counting your calories and stuff, that your stomach shrinks, so you won't be able to accommodate as much food as you used to, causing you to get full faster. Also, you'll realize how much work you put into being healthier, that you'll automatically look at menus and search for healthier options because those now look more appealing to you. Oh, and if you drink alcohol, you may want to reconsider- tons of calories in alcohol! I used to drink apple tinis like it was nobody's business til I found out they were 500 calories! I cut that sh¡t real quick! Wasn't worth it! You know how much extra time I had to workout at the gym for ONE drink?! No way! I stopped eating burgers and stuff for the same reason. Lol.
Fourthy, once you do these things and alott yourself only x amount of calories per day, you automatically start choosing healthier options because you don't want to waste your calories on empty calorie foods that aren't going to do anything except make you fat and hurt your body.
Lastly, once you get yourself into a regular exercise routine, you'll find you feel much better, and you will find the time for it, but you have to start one first and stick to it.
Good luck! I've been doing this for about 2 years. I feel great. =)
Posts: 2238 5/28/08 11:46 P
Hey try the fat smash diet. I lost 12lbs is the first nine days. Dr Ian wrote the book he is from celeb fit club.....you also have to make time to work out. I use to do the same thing now i make no more excuses. FOr the past two weeks I have been taking the steps and we are on the sixth floor. Find some time even if its 20min a day it helps trust me!
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Posts: 1066 5/15/08 11:12 A
Sparkpeople is a webpage hosted by the same people who created babyfit. I would recommend you join it is Awesome. Do you take your child for walks? Do you put her in a playpen and do a 30min tape.
Posts: 760 5/15/08 10:35 A
What's sparkpeople? I am not currently working at this time.....but will be in the next 2-3 weeks....I've been going to school. My daughter is 19 months.
Posts: 1066 5/15/08 9:22 A
Have you joined sparkpeople? Do you work? How old is your baby
Posts: 760 5/14/08 9:55 P
I would really like to start exercising regularly and eating healthy, but I just don't have the time to exercise and it is so expensive to eat healthy. All the healthy food is the most expensive.
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