If you find it hard to stay on track with healthy eating during the weekends you are definitely not alone. Most of us don’t have set schedules during the weekends, have more flexibility, and look forward to relaxing during the weekend. The problem is with all of that flexibility and relaxation comes the opportunity to get off track with our eating habits. It really can be hard to balance our meals and make good decisions.
I wanted to come on today and share 5 things, that I have learned as I’ve transitioned to a healthy lifestyle, that helps me to stay on track once the weekend hits. These are things that allow me to enjoy myself over the weekend, without getting out of control with my eating. What I have realized is that staying on track during the weekend is easier than it seems sometimes, but it does take a little planning, some intentionality, and dedication to see things through.
5 Tips That Will Help You Stay On Track During The Weekend
#1 Plan ahead
It does not matter how good my intentions are, if I do not plan ahead I’m likely to fall off track with my eating. It is important for me to plan ahead. Before the weekend starts, I take a few minutes to write down a list of meals that I want to have for lunches and dinners during the weekend. While I am writing down my list of meals, I also write down when I think I will be eating out so I do not plan for too many meals.
If you tend to fall of track during the weekend, I recommend that you try planning ahead for your meals too. By planning ahead, you are not leaving things up to chance. You have a plan going into the weekend, which means you don’t have to think about what you will be eating for every meal once the weekend starts. Of course, it’s important to be flexible, because plans can change, but just having a rough idea of what you will be eating helps staying on track during the weekend a lot easier.
#2 Prep a couple of things ahead of time
I don’t know about you, but when I don’t have food already prepared, a lot of the times I will opt to eat out, just because it seems like the easiest thing to do at the time. I find that I am a lot more likely to stay on track if I have a couple of prepped meals in the refrigerator or freezer before the weekend starts.
Prepping does not have to take a lot of time. I find that simply taking an hour to prep fruits, vegetables, and one or two meals helps a lot. When you prep a few things ahead of time, it takes the guesswork out of some of your meals. You avoid having to think about what you will be eating at every meal, once the weekend begins.
When I prep meals ahead of time not only am I less likely to eat out just for the sake of eating out, but I always feel good going into the weekend knowing that I set myself up to eat healthy for the next couple of days.
If you need a few quick tips on how to meal plan and meal prep efficiently, you can check out this post: Meal Prep For Beginners| 8 Tips To Simplify Meal Prep.
#3 Keep snacks in your purse for when you are out
I recommend that you keep healthy snacks with you when you are out during the weekend. It’s important to have healthy snacks in your purse, that you can turn to when you just need a little something to hold you over until you can have your next meal. When I don’t have snacks in my purse, I know that I am setting myself up to eat out. Having snacks with you helps you to avoid eating out, just for the sake of eating out. My go-to snacks are granola bars, fruit bars, and prepacked almonds.
For easy on the go snack ideas check out the post: 7 Healthy On The Go Snacks That You Can Keep In Your Purse| No Refrigerator Needed
#4 Eat a healthy breakfast to start each day
I find that starting my day with a healthy breakfast helps me to go into the day feeling good. A lot of the times when I start the day off with a healthy and balanced breakfast, I’m motivated to eat healthy throughout the rest of the day. When I completely indulge at breakfast time, it’s easy for the day to turn into a “free for all.”
I recommend that you begin each morning with a healthy breakfast. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or take a lot of time. A healthy breakfast can be something as simple as a smoothie or an egg scramble with fruit. The point is when you get good food into your body, first thing in the morning, not only will you feel good, but you are less likely to overindulge throughout the day.
#5 Don’t deprive yourself during the week so you can indulge during the weekend
A key to staying on track is remembering not to deprive yourself during the week, just so you can eat a lot of indulgent foods during the weekend. If you force yourself to eat meals that you don’t enjoy, in anticipation of the weekend, you are setting yourself up to overeat once the weekend starts. Remember it’s all about “balance!!” Balance is the key to living a healthy lifestyle and losing weight.
Sometimes staying on track, during the weekends, can seem like a hard-fought battle. If you struggle with eating healthy during the weekend, try out these tips. I’m sure you’ll be really surprised at how differently your weekend turns out. Which tip do you think will help you out the most?
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