Healthy Meal Planning: Eating For Health's Sake

Healthy Meal Planning Stigma

Are you having trouble with Healthy Meal Planning? Don't feel bad...we all have...what's worse is when I tell people I try to eat healthy, they immediately ask me if I'm on a diet. My answer of course is, "No". That's if I bother to answer at all. Some people will say you're on a diet or starving yourself no matter how much you try to explain to them so why bother.

Healthy meal planning leads to healthier eating habits

Choosing to eat healthy or healthier is simply making better food choices. Selecting foods that can reduce in my case, high blood pressure. Or selecting foods that will support a healthy digestive system so that I don't have to be treated for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

For me, these are very real conditions with very real consequences and they are for many of you as well. Maybe you have another type of condition such as high cholesterol or diabetes. Did you know that certain types of depression can also be a result of the foods you eat?

Whatever the condition you are facing, eating healthier can help boost your immune system and improve your overall health.

Planning Healthy Meals

As you see from above, eating healthier is not just about losing weight. It's about living longer, stronger, and performing better during your workout routines better. In order to eat healthier there are some things you can do to help plan your meals and avoid falling back into unhealthy eating habits.

I know for a fact, when I fail to purchase healthy foods, I will eat whatever is in the kitchen. If there is no fruit, that means I might eat cookies or donuts for a snack.

That's why planning is so important to keeping yourself on track by utilizing simple healthy meal planning tools

Healthy Meal Planning Through Substitution

I progressively improved eating habits by replacing things that I really enjoyed. Instead of buying chocolate chip cookies, I bought graham crackers. Rather than purchase ground beef, I buy ground turkey.

By substituting, I've cut calories, fat, and reduced the amount of harmful ingredients going into my body that would normally come from certain meat and processed foods.

These days all you have to do is go to the search engine and type in "substitute beef" or "substitute chocolate chip cookies". One day I was looking for a healthy meal substitution for sour cream. Now I use plain non-fat yogurt on my baked potato.

Incremental changes like this begin to add up and make a huge difference in your health and your weight, thereby improving your overall health. You'll enjoy increased stamina, more energy for daily workout routines, and your emotional health will improve as well.

Using Meal Replacement Drinks

I've had great success with weight loss and improved health by using meal replacement shakes. Pretty much I replace lunch or breakfast with a shake. This can be very effective if you are on the go all the time.

Choose something that's not full of sugar though. The shake I use actually has over 70 ingredients that are healthy for the body and helps regulate my digestive system and bring my body back into homeostasis. The right meal replacement can be very effective in helping you with daily healthy meal planning.

Fill Up On Better Foods

While I'm cooking I sometimes snack on watermelon slices or some other fruit. This keeps me from overeating when I do sit down. Water is another great help. Before and during my meal, I drink water so that I don't over eat. If you have problems with over eating due to portion control this might strategy help you as well.

Healthy Meal Planning Doesn't Mean Depriving Yourself 

The thing you tend to want the most is what you cannot have. So don't over-restrict yourself. Give yourself a "free day" to eat some of those things that you really enjoy like, cookies and cream ice cream, for me anyway (smile).

This way you won't feel like you're healthy meal planning efforts are causing you to deprive yourself. If this happens you might just give up on your healthy eating journey all together.

Resources For Healthy Meal Planning

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