Understanding what a healthy diet is, is just the first step. The next step is making changes to your way of eating. If you have to cook for other people, life gets complicated!
Today I’m giving you tips so that you can change the way you eat whilst still cooking for your family. We’ll be looking at tactics to keep everyone happy.
These are struggles that people doing Dr Orlena’s 2 Week Healthy Reboot faced when they wanted to change their eating habits.
During the 2 week reboot, we focus on healthy eating. The idea is to show yourself that you CAN do it!
You cut out refined carbs, including sugar.
This can be a daunting prospect when white carbs are part of your family’s diet.
What can you do when you need to feed your family who are used to white carbs as a large part of their meal? If you’re serving a sauce and “white carbohydrate”, you have several options.
Sugar in coffee will push your glucose levels up. Which in turn will push your insulin levels up. Not great news! (Either for weight gain or if you want to avoid getting diabetes.)
Some people call this “empty calories”. You’re giving your body calories with no real nutritional bonus. Just calories and nothing else.
Here are some things you can do instead:
We all love desserts. They don’t have to be full of sugar.
When you’re watching other people eat food that you’re not, you might feel that you’re depriving yourself. There are other ways of thinking about it. You could remember the damage that the food does to your body.
For example with rice, you could remember that it pushes up your glucose and insulin levels.
You can think about how you’re really caring for your body by not eating it. And that it’s just for 2 weeks!
It’s human nature to “focus on the negative”. So often we make 99 good changes and then beat ourselves up for one slip up. You need to celebrate each small win! Each time you drink coffee without sugar in it! Each time you eat dinner with no (or even less) refined carbs.
Equally, it’s important not to let “failures” mean too much. If you find yourself “slipping up”, have a think why. Detach yourself from “it’s a disaster”. Look at yourself with curiosity and wonder why you’re doing what you’re doing. And how you can change it. Don’t beat yourself up and make it mean you have to give up. You’re one step closer to success!
Dr Orlena is a health coach. She helps busy mums go from "I can't lose weight" to feeling fit and fabulous. Find out more about her here.