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How To Make Dieting Work From Home

We all know how hard it is for us to get started on the weight-loss diet. But, what about when you’re at home? I’ve talked to so many people who’ve said goodbye to healthy eating — their kids are no longer allowed to eat fruit, their spouse is no longer able to be active, and so on. We have to have a strong mindset in order to avoid these bad habits happening in our home, so I wanted to share my suggestions and advice for getting your diet plan going smoothly without having to be there every day to motivate your kids to eat healthfully.

I’ve always loved food — and since I’ve been overweight it’s been difficult for me to maintain a healthy diet. I’ve made it my primary goal to lose weight, so I haven’t skipped a meal or stopped exercising in a year. I’ve started to incorporate healthier recipes into my repertoire. I’m a certified weight loss nutritionist and I’m certified, but I’m also an amateur cook. I know cooking can be fun and it can be rewarding to feel like you’re making something, but there are a number of things to watch out for — especially since we’re talking about home cooking here, which is a lot more complex than what you can get at a restaurant.

Here are some tips from a number of experts with years of experience — some of whom have been there before you — that you can follow to make dieting work at home.

Eat Your Food Before You Cook It

It doesn’t even need to be in the form of a meal; it can be just your grocery list. It’s one of my favorite tips, because I don’t have to eat before I can cook. My kids enjoy the fresh vegetables and fruit I’ve packed into my shopping cart — and with a little time and practice, making my own healthy meals makes it a lot of fun! This idea really starts at home, and I encourage you to keep a grocery list at the ready that you can make your kids work to. You can start the kids off with fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, or a bowl of raw eggs. They’ll pick it up naturally, so that they don’t have to make a big deal out of trying to get it out of their bags. Once they’ve eaten a few servings, they can try more difficult recipes in their parent’s kitchen.

Take Advantage Of Any Healthy Food Available

The best way to get started on the diet may seem counterintuitive, but you still have to eat. Eating something before you cook can make the transition much easier and make you feel better when you do make the switch. You may think you can just get a bag of frozen potatoes at the grocery store (though this is definitely not what happens, as shown below), but there are many other options you’ve probably never heard of! This is also a great chance to buy your children vegetables — veggies they can dole out to their friends and be proud of, like broccoli, zucchini, beets, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, and spinach (of course!). Here are some other easy, healthy ideas that you don’t have to cook:

Oven-Roasted Peas

These pea parmesan potatoes (made easy when I found these pre-sliced, pre-cooked garlic pea pods online!) are a healthy alternative to potatoes. They are the perfect pairing for an egg and bacon, and their skin has never looked better!

Chicken Cutlets From a Can (and How to Eat Them!)

I can’t lie. I never wanted my kids to do any of this stuff before — but I think with a little bit of practice they’ll probably love it. My husband and his family eat chicken cutlets and sausage from a can (which is much healthier than a whole chicken) on a regular basis!

Use your refrigerator’s freezer well

We all know there’s a difference between what we put in our freezer versus what we put in the pantry: the frozen item is usually much healthier. I think, as a general rule, we eat the freshest, freshest-tasting foods — and we should. The best way to do this is to buy frozen foods whenever possible. I use an O’Reilly freezer, but you can use any freezer that’s large enough to store a couple of packages of frozen foods.