Now that you’ve discovered where your healthy diet plan needs to be improved what can you do about it… read previous post: How to Beat Your Healthy Eating Plan Rut.
3. a. Obviously to start with you need to make sure your healthy eating plan suits your workout. Without this you are just wasting precious time. Hire the services of a nutritionist who is experienced with providing eating plans for your particular training goals. If you have a trainer pay the extra dollars and ask them to write you out an eating program (if their qualified to do so) that suits your training goals and requirements. If you’re going the whole training thing alone and have no idea what you are doing then stop fooling around and get yourself into a program created by a professional.
b. Now you have your healthy diet tips on hand, do your homework on what type of meals you enjoy and how you can alter them to make them suit your meal portion requirements such as protein, carbs, fat etc.
c. IMPORTANT! Now this next part is VITAL. Get creative. Spend 1 hour, once every three months, that’s all, browsing the net for some recipes that you could incorporate into your own plan.
Chicken – you’re thinking “boring”! Why not try some Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian or other recipes that offer exciting flavours.
Rice – you immediately think boiled and plain. Why not create low GI risotto, or add spices and low calorie condiments.
Veggies and Salad – steamed C’mon, surely you’re not that short of ideas! Get on the net and look around, you will be gob smacked at the amount of recipes available.
Egg Whites – poached… Just because you’re not using the whole egg doesn’t mean an egg white can’t be used for fun recipes. Many of the recipes that you can use whole eggs for can also be created using egg whites. And these days you can purchase egg whites in cartons and large buckets. So that you don’t have to worry about separating the yolks from the whites.
Yogurt – tub on it’s own Yogurt can be added to your cereal, in plain powdered protein shakes with low fat milk and pancakes that you’ve made with your egg whites.
4. Keep note of the recipes you’ve found on the net. Bookmark, print the recipes or save them to a handy place on your computer.
5. Using these recipes and new ideas, create a plan of what you are going to eat for the next week or so. This way you won’t have to think about it later or end up eating junk because you’ve arrived home just before dinner with no idea of what you are going to eat or prepare.
6. Do up your food / shopping list using the ingredients from the above meal plans. This will ensure you can create enjoyable meals because you will have all of the correct ingredients on hand.
7. Have a back up plan for a tasty meal or snack. This can be frozen leftovers from a previous meal that you’ve made, or purchase a couple of frozen lower calorie healthy meals that you can whip out for those days when you just aren’t organised.
Protein shakes, Meal Replacement powders and bars, as long as they suit your eating plan goals, are handy for ensuring you are consuming regular meals and / or to assist with meal supplementation. But remember they should not overtake your whole eating plan. You need real food – real nutritious meals are essential.
8. Healthy Diet Plan “blues” check! Once every 2-3 months, go through your eating plan to see if it requires altering. It may just be small changes, but it’s worth your while keeping tabs on it to ensure you’re keeping on track.
Remember, you can still eat healthy and enjoy your food. Don’t just put up with food because you have too. Only YOU can make your eating program enjoyable… and by taking the time to get involved YOU CAN LOVE YOUR FOOD!
Happy healthy eating folks,
Yours in fun, health and fitness
© Mandy Gibbons
Virtual Fitness Trainer