After eating anything and everything that was nearby during finals, I am consciously making an effort to change my eating habits. Not that I eat very badly; I just got too accustomed to coming home from a long day at school and indulging in wine and chocolate or ice cream. When I tried on a pair of shorts the other day that used to fit loosely around my hips but are now snug, I decided that change is in order.
Change doesn’t have to mean going on a five day cleanse, or completely eliminating sweets and bread from your diet. I’m not a nutritionist by any means, but I know that when it comes to looking and feeling better, you have to do what works for you. For instance, I have very low blood sugar and start to feel faint if I don’t have fruit or a glass of orange juice in the morning, so cutting sugar out completely probably wouldn’t be the best idea. I also know that, for me, having several small meals throughout the day won’t yield results. Instead, I am focusing on having three healthy meals during the day, and if I need it, a snack of fruit, veggies or pretzels and hummus.
What I also know about myself is that if I deprive myself of sweets for too long, I’ll binge and eat a pint of coffee ice cream in one sitting. This is why I’ve decided to allow myself two indulgence meals per week, rather than an entire cheat day. If I want to have a glass of wine [or two] and Pinkberry on a Saturday night, I will.
Something else that I believe is essential, and what I learned from Kris of Young Married Chic, is the importance of meal planning. If I go to Trader Joe’s on Sunday and plan out my meals for the week, I’ll stick to what I have on hand and not be tempted to walk down the street and grab a couple slices of pizza. Tonight, I am going to prepare thin-sliced chicken breasts to have for dinner over the next few nights, paired with a summer salad of spinach, raspberries, avocado and tomatoes.
Now I want to ask you: are you planning on or have you recently tried to change the way you eat? What works for you, and how do you keep yourself on track?