Quarantine-15… WE CAN BEAT IT!

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Let’s face it… being stuck at home more than usual has not been easy for anyone, mentally nor physically.  COVID-19 has disrupted life in a major way and has created the perfect storm for weight gain, especially for those who already struggle with their weight.

If there is one positive aspect that has emerged from this pandemic is the awareness that good health can help you fight disease!  One reason to keep your weight from getting too far out of control is that obesity is associated with serious complications in people with COVID-19 – it’s a serious risk factor.

SO LET’S GET SERIOUS!

The ONLY way to maintain your weight AND make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to function optimally, is through healthy eating habits.

What’s recently worked for me, is the OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND mentality….
If you don’t see it, you can’t eat it!

So here’s a helpful tip:

Let’s call the not-so-healthy foods, RED light foods…
RED light foods easily lead you to become out of control in your portions.  They’re the ones you tend to overeat – the foods you typically “know” you shouldn’t be snacking on, but lack the willpower to stay away from.

Let’s call the good foods GREEN light foods…
GREEN light foods are the lean proteins (animal or plant), healthy fats, complex carbs, fruits, and vegetables. The foods you typically “know” you should eat more of.

Your environment is in your control.  Set it up so it helps you win!

✅Take an honest assessment of what you have in the kitchen taking note of  your RED light foods.  If you don’t live alone, have a talk with your family about what is in the kitchen. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it is okay to start with one or two changes.

✅Temporarily remove RED light foods from your house. Plain and simple, leave them at Publix!  If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it. Stock up on more GREEN light foods. You will eat what is in your environment. SUCCESS!

✅Make the GREEN light foods easy to access and eat. Wash and prep as much as you can so when hunger strikes you don’t have to fuss with it–just eat it.

👍Simple rule of thumb: The easier your GREEN light foods are to access and eat, the more likely you are going to eat them. NOT EASY: Whole red bell pepper, unwashed, back corner of the counter in a bag waiting to rot. EASY: Washed, sliced, eye-level of the fridge (next to the hummus), ready to eat!  SET YOURSELF UP TO WIN!!

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