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Eating healthy, one day at a time February 23, 2011

After we started Eating Clean in our household, I began to realize just how much work needs to go into eating healthy. It’s not like there is a convenient drive through option! The core tenets of clean eating include eating 5-6 small meals per day (that means packing 2 snacks and a small lunch for work every day), and avoiding white flours, sugar and any processed foods. This means a lot of planning and a lot of cooking!

So how does a busy Mom Who Works keep herself and her family eating healthfully? Planning, planning and then planning some more.

Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of my “busy mom” tips and tricks for meal planning, because I want you, too, to eat healthy!

Introducing…
THE MOM WHO WORKS GUIDE TO HEALTHY EATING

TIP 1
Commit to eating healthy

  • This sounds simple, and it sounds lame, but it’s true. Just like anything in life, if you don’t really believe in it, and commit to it, you’ll find the tide is just too strong to pull you back into the convenience of fast, or *faster* food. Eating healthy on a consistent basis requires effort on your part. Make no mistake about it. Especially if you have more than just your own mouth to feed. So make a commitment. Make it to yourself, make it to your significant other, make it to your kids, just say it out loud.

TIP 2
Gather your resources

  • For me, since I’ve got a family to feed, including a somewhat picky 8-year old and hubby, it meant buying every one of Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean books/cookbooks. If we were really going to do this, from now until the end of time, I needed more than just a few recipes here or there. I needed a LOT of recipes. So gather up the magazines (Clean Eating, Cooking Light), cookbooks, and recipes from web sites that you’ll need on your new journey.
  • As you get started on your healthy eating plan, you’re going to spend a bit more money on groceries for the first few weeks. You need to restock your kitchen with healthful ingredients, many of which you probably do NOT have in your cabinet right now. Over time, this will level out, and as you reduce your need to eat out because you’ve got great, healthful meals prepared at home, you will likely find you are SAVING money. I’ll include some money saving tips in a future post.

TIP 3
Get rid of the junk in your kitchen

  • Don’t allow yourself or your family to slip back into the old, “easy” way of eating – chips out of a bag, pre-packaged cookies and snacks, sugary cereals. Get rid of all the food that doesn’t support your new commitment (see TIP 1) to healthy eating. This means going through the pantry, cabinets, freezer, fridge – everything.
  • This can be one of the most difficult things to do as you get started, because it seems like such a waste, but it really is critical. Don’t make it easy for you to slip into old habits. Just take a deep breath, grab the garbage can, and do it!

Good luck as you start your voyage, and let me know how it’s going. Check back soon for more tips.

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