It’s the beginning of your new diet, you are all gung-ho, ready to start transforming your life, having visions of grandeur and how your life is going to change… but suddenly it’s three months down the road and you are wondering what happened, how or when did I get so far off track?
Many of us have experienced this, the question is why? Why do we get stuck and then, in turn, not stick with it? In the beginning, everything is new, it is exciting, but like that shiny toy at Christmas it soon becomes dull, boring and ends up in the corner. We get stuck in a rut, stuck in a comfort zone and the same routine. Think back to the dinners you made, before embarking on this journey. For me personally, there were a handful of go-to favorites, comfortable, easy to make and known to please. Every once in a while I would throw something unexpected in, but never often enough to rock the boat. It was a RUT. Even when I began this lifestyle, I would make what I was told and eat it. I quickly realized that this would not be sustainable nor enjoyable if I continued to do this. That is when I began researching and trying new concoctions in the kitchen. I DID NOT WANT TO EAT, JUST TO EAT. I knew that if I did that, I would not stick with this and after seeing the results, not only in the mirror and scale, but how I felt, this was something I really wanted to stick with!
So now, onto the crux of the matter, how to stick with it? How to shake up the routine and keep it fresh? Many of the nutrition food blogs, competitors blogs and pins you read suggest prepping all of your meals ahead of time on Sunday for the upcoming week. I think that this is practical to a degree, but affords one little flexibility or variety. This is where our rut comes into play. I understand that no one wants to spend every waking moment in the kitchen slaving away, we are not Martha Stewart. Time is of the essence, but your enjoyment of what you eat must also play a role in this equation. So here is what works for me and while I know it may not work for everyone, it may help you to see that this lifestyle is not only sustainable but also enjoyable!
I do small batch cook, typically meat, fish and carbohydrates depending on the week. I will cook enough for a 2-3 day period. I have found the food that has been sitting in plastic containers in the fridge for a week can get a little funky. It is also disappointing when you have worked hard all week long and on Saturday go to crack open your tub of chicken and broccoli and it just doesn’t smell appealing. Makes it really hard to want to eat it. So these small pre-cooked batches of food are reserve for my mid-day meals. The ones that I eat on the run, usually at work, heading to and from the gym, or driving. By cooking many items plain, or with minimal seasonings I can then add different condiments, creating variety.
To keep some normalcy and to create an environment that those around you can live in as well, especially if they are not on exactly the same diet, I like to make fresh every day breakfast and dinner. This allows me to be creative with my breakfasts, even for days when I am on the run making a batch of muffins and throwing them in the freezer is a way combat this. It really is a drag when you feel like you have eaten oatmeal and scrambled eggs every day for the last 6 months! I also like to cook dinner, when possible, it allows us to sit down over a meal and unwind from the day. This act of making breakfast and dinner fresh daily has also kept things more normal for my family, since it was what I did before starting this transformation.
So here is my question to you, what do you do to keep it fresh? So you don’t get stuck in the rut? I would love to hear about any tips and tricks that you have to keep this lifestyle sustainable and fall back into the comfort zone.
Indulge and enjoy!