10 Tips for Success When Changing Your Eating Habits

The following was sponsored by Nutrisystem.

As a parent of children with special needs I’m finding more and more that the right foods are incredibly important not only to my children, but to myself as well.  The right foods at the right time of day and in the appropriate proportions, along with a good amount of water, works best.  My energy remains high, my body doesn’t feel sluggish and my mind is sharp.  All things that are essential to keeping up with the demands of constant perseverations, the sensory ‘diet’ demands and the physical assistance my children need… not to mention being able to recite our medical journey for the past 10 years in a random phone call from a service provider.  Of course there’s the laundry and all other typical motherly duties.   Lethargy has NO room in my life.

Having been on the Nutrisystem plan for months now, I’ve learned a few ways to keep myself on track, and a few ways to get myself back ON track.  These months have been a sort of process.  It’s a time of change, of breaking the old habits I had and attempting to find successes with the new habits, and getting into my weight loss management.  If you’re considering a change in your eating habits to help give you the energy you need to keep up with your special needs lifestyle, or are in the midst, I’d like to pass these tips along to you.  If you have any, I’d love to hear them as well!

 10 tips for success in eating


  1. Do not weigh yourself daily.  While you may want to, you shouldn’t.  Our weight fluctuates so much that to do so would only drive you crazy.  Weighing yourself at the same time of day, on the same day of the week, wearing relatively the same kind of material would be best.  Conversely, I’ve found that when I stray from my eating habits, weighing myself over the next two days kicks me back into it and reminds me that the stray can have very negative side effects… like added weight.
  2. Make a solid plan.  Having a written idea of what ‘kinds’ of foods you’ll eat at relatively similar times of the day, each day will be helpful.  Depending upon how strong your willpower is, you should spell this out completely (down to exactly how many nuts you’ll have at snack on Tuesday).
  3. OR, instead, have an idea of what you want, or leave yourself room for options / going with whims of your cravings.  Personally, I like choices.
  4. Eat before you find yourself in a position to be hungry or in front of food that isn’t on your menu.
  5. When (and if) you’re cooking for your family, don’t snack.  Don’t make that unconscious movement of your hand to your mouth with little snippets of what you’re making for your family when it’s not on your menu… and even if it is, doing so will leave you unable to have an idea of exactly what you’ve shoveled in.  If you’re hungry, think about what you’ve chosen to eat for that meal and remember that it will be waiting for you.  If all else fails, next time, try #4 above.
  6. Change it up.  Don’t have the same foods at every meal.  While our special needs kids tend to do this, we don’t have to.  So don’t.
  7. Water.  Seriously.  Water helps hydrate your body, helps your skin cells to regenerate… helps all your body’s functions to ‘function’ better.  Plus, it helps with hunger and energy.  So increase your water intake.  Make it a game.  Use a water container (preferably one you know the volume of).  How many can you time can you empty and refill it in a day?  Can’t stand the taste (or non-taste) of water?  There are ‘flavors’ you can add… look into it.
  8. Chew gum.  If you are one who likes to crunch, to have your jaws moving, chew gum.  Rather than putting food in your mouth chew gum.  Stock up on various flavors or your favorite.  Have it available in all your favorite places.
  9. When using a plan like Nutrisystem, and you find your favorite food / meal, don’t eat them all up.  Give yourself some variety.  Your order will take 2 weeks or so to get to you, so order ahead and be sure to save some favorites for last.
  10. Don’t be unreasonably strict on yourself.  Give yourself a break.  You might slide.  You might falter.  You may even feel like you’re so far off track that you can’t get back on, and should decidedly throw in the towel.  But don’t.  You’re not far off track because you see that you fell off track… and that’s the best.

Me… as for me, I’m holding steading.  That works for me.

* Disclosure:  Nutrisystem is providing me with 4 months of their program at no charge in return for my unbiased review.  If you want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem, join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

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