Motivation and Food Ideas?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

I am in total need of some motivation the winter months have gotten me down and off track. Also in need of some healthier food ideas for a busy woman who is also picky lol. There are so many veggies and things I don't eat that it makes this so hard. So any ideas and thoughts would be appreciated!!
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  • K1TT3N
    I eat alot of cucumbers and dressing with a little bit of cheese .... and remember the better you eat , your taste buds change so always try things again
    2006 days ago
    Add one food you don't eat to your meal plan each week. Eat it mindfully, examining it's taste and texture. Put it in different recipes.
    2705 days ago
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    2706 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12242035
    what's been working for me for lunches is on Sunday night I bake four chicken breasts and make a couple of those boil in bag brown rice packets. Each packet is two servings. In my reusable containers I put one portion of rice and one chicken breast. I pack that, and one of those Green Giant steamers frozen veggie boxes. I heat it all up at work and have a lunch full of veggies, a complex carb and lean protein. I also have a salad, and something sweet, like a pudding cup. I'm full and satisfied, have a hot lunch, and really don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. There are enough of those frozen veggie varieties that so far I'm not bored, either.

    My best friends in this journey have been a good lunch box, ice packs, reusable containers (I prefer Pyrex) and snack size baggies.

    Good luck to you, and feel free to reach out if you need someone to bounce ideas off of!

    P.S.- I also agree with the determination bit. Motivation with food has gotten me nowhere but bouncing around the same 10 pounds for the past couple of months. I just have to pull up my big girl panties and do it! emoticon
    2706 days ago
    The motivational pages on Spark People really help me when I'm in a funk, but one of the things I'm learning is that I have to stop relying on motivation to get me through this because it is an emotion, and emotions don't last. I liken it to brushing my teeth: I might not always feel like it, but I do it because I know the consequences of NOT brushing. It has to be the same with living a healthy life. Determination overrules motivation because determination is a choice. I can't always control my emotions, but I CAN control my choices.

    The veggies and things you don't eat- you you truly know that you don't like them? Have you tried them recently or are you going off of old memories or assumptions? I find that I'm continually surprised at how much my tastes change and how many things I actually DO like if I give it a fair shot!

    Hummus is great: it's good with veggies or healthy carbs like whole wheat pita. In fact, I like it as a sandwich spread more than things like mayo.

    Peanut butter! It's delicious with apples or celery and it has protein. It also doesn't need refrigeration so it's handy to travel with.

    Lentils- they're packed with nutrients and delicious. I make a big batch on the weekend and then reheat a portion each day at lunch. They're cheap, too. I like to chop veggies up in mine and I put in a TON of spices too. This is a great idea if you don't like veggies because you end up not really tasting them, but they're there!

    Experiment with new things and you'll figure out what works for you. There are a ton of recipes on SP, so there's bound to be some good stuff for you there. Good luck!
    2706 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13539293
    whatever you do, have food available in the house, place of employment if you work and you will always have options! No food, then you'll be making internal excuses for eating what you shouldn't and we all know what those foods are...

    Pick 1 day a week for shopping for food. Make a list, stick to it and don't go shopping hungry or dehydrated. Sure, you may not be eating what your family eats, and that's something you will have to clearly communicate.

    Explore foods that are out of your norm, look at the recipes here to explore. The more you do to add variety the more you'll thank yourself when you are satiated and succeeding.

    Good Luck!

    2706 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2014 12:45:00 PM
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