Who came up with the idea of three meals a day anyway? I do juicing once in a while to give my body a break from solid foods. Juicing is a SUPER awesome way to drop weight fast. It takes a lot of mind strength and perseverance. It also requires patience. It’s a pain to have to clean the juicer on the regular when you choose to do a juice reboot for a week. Me, I enjoy juicing and will probably do some juicing this week. I just need to prepare myself for a lot of kitchen duty.
Last week Friday I decided to change my shopping habits. Now, this is going to contradict my coupon class teachings. However, what you need to remember is, most coupons are provided by manufacturing companies. These are the companies who “make” your food in a laboratory. They take what nature provides, dissect it, and rebuild it into something that resembles food but has lost nearly all of its nutritional content. If you want coupons for better food, go to Mambo Sprouts, for coupons on healthier food options. I’m sure there are other clean eating sites that provide coupons for better food out there.
I spent $230 last week on groceries. The wagon was half full of fresh produce, veggies, chicken, pork, and very little processed food. I even bought quinoa. Over the weekend I spent a few hours in the kitchen prepping the veggies. Chopping, slicing, storing, packing, rationing, etc. I’ve prepped all the greens for the week. So now, all we have to do is take a lunch container and build our salads every night for lunch the following day. I’ve already prepped two of mine. I’ve boiled the sweet potatoes and eggs for little additions to the salad or as snacks to eat throughout the day. I even made a “crunchy” container that has crunchy green veggies in there for when I crave for something to munch on.
Those few hours I spent is what a lot of people don’t have. No one has time to chop vegetables or prep a real meal. This is contributing to the obesity problem. My question is do we REALLY not have the time? Or are we just not making the time anymore? Growing up my grandma made time to make dinner. 3:30 pm every afternoon everything shut off and we were in the kitchen. That was her schedule. I have a hard time keeping to my schedule because of the multiple jobs I do every day.
I’ve decided to take brisk walks when I can in the evenings when I get home from work. If time permits, I’ll hit the gym. Something I’ve been trying to do for months and I just can’t get the energy and motivation to do with my extremely busy schedule. For me, sleep is more important than “getting skinny”.
My goal is to get my whole family on board with this so we can all get trim together. It’s easier to be successful at this task if we’re all on the same page. When I go grocery shopping, I avoid the middle aisles now. It’s painful for me because I know I could get some very cheap (if not free) products in those aisles. I have to remind myself to stay on the perimeter of the store. That’s where all the “real” food is located. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some potato chips, dip, and ice cream. I just need to remind myself to use moderation.
I hope to be able to make this lifestyle change and see the weight in my family drop. Not instantly, but with time. That way, we can work together to keep the weight off. I know I can lose the weight without having to invest in a product other than real food. Romel and I have done it many times in the past. In fact, when he was joining the Army active duty, he lost 30 lbs in less than three months simply by eating healthier and going running every day.
We can do this!! We need cheerleaders! Who wants to shake their pom poms for Team Olipas?