Diet Rules for Busy Mums
I think a lot of us would like to lose a few pounds or eat a little more healthily. And of course when we are busy it can just be one more thing to add to the To Do List.
And although looking after your health should be your highest priority, quite often it ends up down the bottom. Remembering the following rules may just help to keep your healthy eating / slimming goals high on the agenda,
Busy Mums Diet Rule 1 – Planning
If you want to improve your diet, it stands to reason you need to have healthy foods in your cupboard and fridge. Planning ahead when you shop will help you to reach for the healthy option between meals rather than grabbing yet another piece of toast, cake or whatever your weakness is. It will also mean that you are more likely to prepare healthy tasty meals.
Busy Mums Diet rule 2 – Patience
If you are planning on losing some weight remember it is going to take time. Not a week, or a month probably six months. Yes that is not a spelling mistake. Quite often we expect to see results in a month. Well of course we might if we can stick to a rigid diet, but as soon as that ends we are likely to slip back to our old habits. Losing weight and then maintaining your weight – even if it is just half a stone needs long-term commitment and changes to what and how your eat.
You will also be healthier and have a quicker and greater weight loss if you exercise more. Exercise does not necessarily mean taking up running or going to the gym. Walking, housework, playing active games with the kids will also burn calories.
Busy Mums Diet Rule 3 – Consistence
Small constant steps to what you do and how you alter your eating and exercise habits is what will lead to weight loss and a healthier you. Think of five consistent changes you can make to your diet now. It could be giving up sugar in coffee. Cutting out the latte. Not having that chocolate bar when you fill up with petrol, or cutting out or down on your alcohol consumption. There are lots of small changes you can make which if you persist with them for a month will become second nature.
Busy Mums Diet Rule 4 – Be Kind to Yourself
Don’t compare yourself to other people. Don’t deprive yourself of everything you love. Celebrate who you are today. Take small portions. Think before you eat. Spend time really tasting your food, especially those treats that you find hard to say no to. Work out when and why you turn to food. Is it when you are hungry or when you are feeling worried or nervous? Comfort eating is an addictive habit. Being mindful of that may help you find alternative actions to take when you are feeling stressed.
Following the above rules will help you to see dieting goals in a different way. It will change your relationship with food and help you to follow a healthy eating programme which will lead to permanent weight-loss more easily.