Hey, fellow mountain climbers. I want you to know that I struggle too. I have reached some of my health goals but I have to continue to take these little steps to health. I am still climbing the Mountain of Health and Well-being. Writing this blog helps me stay accountable. I find the summer especially hard because there is less routine and summer equals fun food!
Last week my daughter Katie was home from her job at a summer Bible Camp. She brought two friends with her and our home was filled with laughter and fun. I loved having them around and went grocery shopping with them in mind. It’s a Mom thing to have fun foods for our kids when they come back home.
Our dinner menus included wraps and hamburgers and other fun foods. You know the typical foods for hot summer days, ones that involve little cooking.
Here’s how I stayed on track and some strategies that work for me.
Veggies and hummus were a part of most of the dinner meals. I filled half my plate with the veggies first. Then my plate looked really full when I added anything else.
Here’s a picture of what I might have for lunch. I would add some crackers and cheese.
When we had hamburgers I used a smaller bun or I cut the burger in half.
I spread salad dressing on the wrap before I assembled it so there was taste in each bite and I used much less. I filled my wrap with mostly vegetables and added white chicken meat.
If we had potato chips we included them as part of dinner. I didn’t buy salt and vinegar ones, as those are my favorite and too hard to resist. A small portion of potato chips, a nice sandwich and fresh raw veggies was a fun supper on a super hot day.
We had cubed watermelon available or popsicles for dessert.
A small hand dipped ice cream cone is a treat we enjoy, just not every day. When we have them at home I can control the portion. Licking an ice cream cone slows down the eating process and every lick tastes so good!
One of my best strategies is to not have foods that tempt me in my home. Then I won’t hear them calling: “Oh Dixie….this is the big container of delicious mixed nuts and candy calling you. Stop by for a yummy treat. You deserve it.” Can you relate?
My husband Don deserves a shout out because he is very supportive. He doesn’t bring home food that he knows tempt me. He appreciates that we eat healthy. July was unusually hot, so Don and I walked in the cool of the late evening. We caught a few sunsets and were home before the mosquitos came out.
When I do occasionally overeat at a meal – yes, I still overeat – it’s desserts. I make sure the next meal is healthy and a little lower in calories. I also try to make sure I get some exercise that day.
Every little step does make a difference!
Let’s claim our verse again! “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.
TODAY’S little STEP: Keep taking little steps to be healthy. Use some of these strategies. They work. Every little step makes a difference.
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Rest much, talk often, and laugh regularly. Summer is too short!