A common concern when transitioning to healthy eating is the cost. Coming to terms with a higher price point for groceries can be extremely daunting, even if you aren’t trying to feed a small army. As with anything, the process of changing your habits around spending and food is based on your own particular struggles, but many have asked for some tips, so over my next couple of blogs, I will share some things that have worked for me at some point during the last 7-years. I don’t use all these tools at all times, and certainly didn’t implement them all at once. The process was gradual, and I change it based on my needs for the time in my life. 1. HAVE A GAME PLAN: Any plan is better than none. At some points in my life I have been incredibly (or obsessively) organized. I had meal plans and recipes for the next two weeks planned down to every after-school-snack for the kiddos and the lists that went along with them. I kept a detailed inventory of what supplies I already had at home and the quantities for each. I’ll admit it is a bit hard to shake the military mindset for me at times, and that is a little excessive and requires more time than I currently have myself. These days, I’m good to go with a general list based on what we typically eat in a week and maybe one new recipe I want to try (and the list of ingredients to add). Whatever you do, make sure you have something. It is so easy to spend way too much money when we are wandering the aisles just picking out what looks good. 2. KNOW YOUR PRICES: This one may seem like common sense to most people, but it took me awhile to figure out that in order to be successful at saving money, I actually had to know what a good deal was in the first place. Just because something says “sale” on it or is sold in packs of 3 does not necessarily mean I’m paying any less. I started logging prices in a little excel sheet when I got home and would just print it out the next time I went to the store, then I could easily access good prices for my common items while shopping. Eventually, I didn’t even need the list. 3.=&1=&
As a team at South Landing, we are passionate about impacting the lives around us and helping those in our Knoxville community live their healthiest life. Whether their goal is to run with grandkids, make a collegiate soccer team, or cross-train for mountain biking, we as a staff strive to help them move forward towards their specific goals.
Every year the Open creates an incredible growth and learning opportunity for all of our members. That's a large reason we love it. It allows you to try something you haven't tried before, to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and to be surrounded by an incredible network of community throughout each Open week. While all of us as coaches have done the Open before and it is not our "first rodeo", what you may not know is we too are human and struggle with many of the "nervous fears" each of you do.
I was 15 years old sitting in English class after drinking my “ump-teenth” bottle of water just praying for the bell to ring, because I had to use the restroom again. During the following weeks, I lost around 10-15 pounds of my body weight, my performance in the weight-room crashed, and I continued drinking more water than a camel. I knew something wasn’t right but couldn’t bring myself to tell my parents and go to the doctor.
The night before my Annual Physical (something that was required to play on my high school baseball team), I googled the symptoms I was experiencing. It did not take long to self-diagnose myself with Type 1 Diabetes, as I could put a check mark next to each and every symptom that was listed on the computer screen. So when my doctor told me my blood sugar was in the upper 400’s (a normal range is somewhere around 80-100) and that I could cancel the rest of my plans for the day as I needed to immediately go to the hospital, I was not surprised. The next several weeks consisted of doctor’s offices, specialists, nutritionists and a lot of web searching.
Making changes to your habits around food is difficult even when you are only concerned about your own health and wellness. When you are also worried about the nutritional needs of your children (and trying to sell them on why they will not be consuming their favorite snacks nearly as often), it can feel impossible. Kids need autonomy and choice, just like any other human being, but as you try to meet your own need of caring for them and their growing bodies-it can seem like mealtime is a constant conflict. Not exactly the best environment for trying to digest food.
It's Monday and more than likely you are slightly more motivated today than you will be any other day of the week. On Mondays people are more likely to hit the gym, make lists, eat better, push harder, and generally just go for it a little more. Honestly, I love Mondays. I wake up ready to take the world on and I am going to push as hard as I can to be the best I possibly can at everything I do.