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How to develope healthy eating habits

May 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Good carbs, bad carbs, protein, nutrients…It can all get pretty heavy duty. Healthy eating facts abound and can get very confusing.

Today, let’s put away the latest calorie counting charts and discuss a tactic that is incredibly easy and is guaranteed to help you lose weight, and eat more healthy. It is truly one of the best healthy eating facts around.

Consider this, when was the last time you ordered a pizza or went through the drive through at the local fast food place?

You know the super deluxe pizza, or the hamburger and fries are bad for you… so, why? Why did you go there?

I’m sure there are exceptions, but my guess would be that most of you grabbed the burger or pizza for no reason other than - you didn’t know what to fix for dinner. The fast food place was on the way home, and it offered a simple solution.

To a surprising extent, our unhealthy diets exist for no reason other than convenience. It’s a fact - but, not one of the healthy eating facts. The last thing we want to do after a long day at work, is create a menu for our dinner.
We are tired! Then, when you consider the minefield of good carbs, bad carbs and so on… it’s even worse. BTW - it’s just as bad to toss a frozen pizza into the oven as it is to order one.

Here’s how to solve that problem…On your next day off (or whenever you can) set aside a couple hours and plan your dinner menu for each day in the coming week! Go two weeks if you are feeling ambitious.

Put each meal plan on a separate sheet of paper in a 3 ring binder. If you want to go all out, you can even separate the days with pretty, multicolored tabs. Eventually, you will probably want to laminate the pages.

Every night, when you get home, open your binder to that days menu and prepare it. Here’s the important part, we want to make this a habit so never deviate from this daily plan.

You will totally stop the impulse buying from the local fast food place, save a lot of money, and never have to worry about what to fix for dinner.

It may seem overly simple, but it works and it will save you quite a bit of money too!

If you had a personal chef, and their job was to fix you healthy, nutritious, low-calorie meals, you would expect them to pre-plan the menu. If they always waited until the last minute for inspiration, you would most likely fire them. Think of yourself in the same way, pre-plan your meals. Then, don’t change your plans during the week.

Right now, it may seem like a boring chore, but once this becomes a habit you will learn to truly love your binder.

If you plan all your meals to be healthy ones, it MUST eventually improve your health. It has to!

At the end of your first week, sit down and do it again. Make up a new meal plan for the next week. Try to make them all different recipes than the ones you had before. By the end of the first month, you will have a months worth of different recipes you can call on.

Every meal, for four weeks, will be different. This way you will never get tired of eating the same meals over and over again. They will all be tasty, nutritious and low calorie. Once you’ve gotten this far, you can stop your weekly planning and just continuously rotate the recipes in your binder.

I think that’s one of the best healthy eating facts out there, and it will help you save a bundle at the grocery

Check out my website for a bunch of additional information and a free subscription to my ” Fast Weight Loss” mini course.

By Dan Beckwith.

Dan Beckwith is an author and geek who’s done all the weight
loss research and studies, so you don’t have to. To discover
bunches of
Healthy Eating Facts, read bunches of interesting articles
and get your copy of a free (
“Fast Weight Loss Tips” mini-course, check out his website

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