I am often asked the question, “what do you think about this diet or particular exercise program?” You have probably heard me say it before, but my reply…..”Can you do it for the rest of your life?” If not then no, it will not work. To be fit inside and out, we must develop healthy eating and exercise habits that can be maintained for a lifetime. Here are my three ways to make healthy habits stick.
- Make a priority
At some point, a decision has to be made that living healthy will be a priority. There will never be a time to do something if it is not REALLY important. Once health becomes a priority, time will be made to eat healthy and exercise for daily life.
- Work in your favorite food
Saying you will never eat a particular (when it is your favorite) is a recipe for failure. Learning to enjoy an occasional healthy portion of a favorite food will help overcome the feeling of deprivation and lead to more consistency in making healthier choices.
- Schedule a time for exercise and meal planning
Once it becomes a priority and a time is established, scheduled it. Be specific for a time to exercise and plan meals. Put it on a calendar as an appointment with anyone else.
One of the strategies I share with my clients for planning quick meals at home, is to have simple sides if there are a few steps involved in your main dish. It can be easy to give up if attempting more than one dish with so many ingredients in each of them. For example, as a side to these amazing Tuna Steaks, I would serve with a simple tossed salad and steam or roasted vegetables.
Balsamic Glazed Tuna Steak
- 1 ¼ tsp of black pepper
- ½ of salt
- 4 (6oz) tuna steaks
- ½ cup of fat free low sodium chicken broth
- 2 TBS of balsamic vinegar
- 5 tsp of dark brown sugar
- 2 TBS of low sodium soy sauce
- ½ tsp of corn starch
- Spray your grill or sauté pan and put on medium heat
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on steaks
- Place steaks on grill or pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until your preference.
- Remove from heat
- Combine broth, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and corn starch in sauce pan and bring to boil.
- Cook for 1 minute
- Spoon glaze over fish
As a bonus, my kids love this dish.