Today on Studio 5 I shared some of my favorite tips and recipes from my new cookbook Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way. (Click HERE to watch the segment.) More than just a cookbook (with over 130 delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even dessert!) this cookbook is a guide to help you know how to eat, when to eat it, and tips for making it easy.
But back to healthy eating, let’s face it – there are two major obstacles that stop us every time. We know them well; they are the reasons we have gone back to old eating habits despite firm and enthusiastic resolves to eat better. The bottom line is, if healthy food doesn’t taste good, and if it is too hard to prepare – it’s not going to last.
Here is the solution.
The recipes in this book support the foundational, time-tested nutritional strategy of eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, with less refined carbs, fats and sugars. But here is the best part: every recipe in this book is delicious! The most consistent feedback I get from viewers who eat The Happy Gal Way is that they love the recipes and they never feel deprived. On a personal note, I will often look down at my omelet for breakfast or salad or wrap for lunch and remember what I used to eat, such as a bowl of cereal or a turkey sandwich. There is no comparison in taste or quality! And the best part is that what I am eating is more satisfying and gives me better energy and results than those foods I used to eat.
Remember the first obstacle? Eating healthy doesn’t taste good? Wrong. With Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way, eating healthy IS delicious.
But what about the time it takes to eat this way?
Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way has you covered here, too. Overflowing with tips, here are just a few to make healthy eating easy:
Tip #1 – Have a Plan
Fail to plan your healthy menu and you most certainly are planning to fail. You know it’s true – think about the last time you abandoned a diet. It was in the moment when healthy food was unavailable, and that bag of potato chips or M&Ms was just too hard to resist. Building on the tips from my post Menu Planning (Click HERE to read) you’ll learn great tips about what to plan, how often, and ways to keep your food fresh and exciting.
Tip #2 – Stock Up
A menu plan can only help you if you have the ingredients you need. Make your meal plan and then immediately make your grocery list. Next, be sure to get to the store so you can stock up. You’ll be amazed at how much this helps when you do this faithfully and consistently each week.
I just want to insert an important productivity tip here – the key to getting things done is to have a regular time to do it. If this is a priority to you – if you are sick and tired of how you feel or look, and you are ready for a change, then you get to make this a priority. Build this routine of menu planning and grocery list making and grocery shopping into your life.
Here is how I do it: I make my menu plan and grocery list on Thursday nights. Late Friday morning I take my trip to the store, and I am stocked for the weekend and the upcoming week. Having this be a consistent part of my routine takes all of the guesswork out of being prepared with healthy food.
Tip #3 – Cook Ahead
This is do-or-die for me. I have five kids. I have like 12 seconds to prepare my breakfast or lunch, or grab a snack. Do you think I have time to be mixing up dressing or chopping ingredients for an omelet? Now way! So here are a few ways I can eat The Happy Gal Way, and literally have my omelet or my salad in the amount of time it takes to make a sandwich or a pancake. These tips involve having food prepped for omelets, smoothies, salads, and even getting dinner on the table without too much effort. Click HERE to watch my Studio 5 segment where I reveal these tips, or see Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way for all of these tips plus a whole lot more. Click HERE to order.
So now I want to hear from you. What is the hardest part about eating healthy for you? And what tricks have you found to make it a little easier?
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