Being a teacher, I am consistently tempted with junk foods, like sweets, chips, and other unhealthy processed foods. Between holiday parties, celebrations with my students, potluck breakfasts and catered lunches, and don't forget that dreaded teacher's lounge 😁, haha. Well I shouldn't use the word "tempted", as I am NO longer tempted to eat any of those foods anymore. Woo hoo! But, in the beginning of my healthy lifestyle transition it was a challenge I faced Monday thru Friday.
Here are some helpful tips to assist you in successfully transitioning to that healthy lifestyle you truly want to live.
1. Be prepared! 🍃 Meal prepping is key to helping you avoid junk foods. Being prepared keeps you on track with eating foods that are healthy and to help you feeling full and satisfied😊. So, make sure you pack the correct amount of clean meals in your cooler everyday. 👍 And don't forget that emergency clean snack just in case! Check out my RECIPES for balanced meals, snacks and sides too!
2. Don't feel bad saying "No" 😊. Inform others of your lifestyle change, so you don't feel bad rejecting others' goodies. Your friends will support your decision if they truly are your friend. I even informed my students about my clean eating. Now if they bring me a treat it usually is a piece of delicious fruit. Teach others about living healthy as you are experiencing your own healthy lifestyle. Your positive lifestyle may rub off on others around you! And that's a great thing.
3. Think of how your body will feel after you eat that junk or processed food. 😝 I use this tip a lot before I choose what to eat. My body feels horrible after eating a bag of Cheetos or having a store bought cupcake. Your body adjusts to healthy foods, so please don't punish it by putting those processed foods in your body. It's not worth the pain to me. If you have a cheat treat, choose foods that are unique and one of a kind. Make sure your cheat treats are truly worth it to you, and your'e not just bored!
I hope these 3 simple tips assist you on living a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully your temptations now will slowly fade away as you progress on your healthy journey. It can happen! Trust me 🍃👍.