Welcome to Busy Women Mealtime Makeover! Whether you are one of the lovely busy ladies participating in the makeover or just interested in taking your meals up a notch - girl, do I have some rockin' recipes for you! From now until October 13th I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. (And if you want to join in and get the entire makeover PDF complete with meal plans, shopping lists and recipes, videos and photos of me cooking for added support, weekly emails with additional recipes and kitchen tips and tricks and access to our online forum, you can totally start a few days late – click here and sign up!)
First of all, I just want to give my Busy Women Mealtime Makeover participants a huge shout out. True change happens one step at a time. You can do this! Yesterday my makeover participants received their first bunch of materials to make over breakfast - the most important meal of the day.
Habits are hard to break aren't they? When you eat a Pop Tart every day for 5 years it can be hard to switch to organic kale and eggs... but it is possible. The trick is making the switch and telling yourself that you can do it and that you deserve it.
I view healthy eating as a journey. It is not all or nothing. It is about taking the initiative and looking at your eating habits and deciding where you need to make some changes. It is about breaking bad habits and replacing them with healthier habits.
Here’s a list of my 3 methods to breaking habits:
1. Cold Turkey
Sounds like we are talking about drugs and alcohol, doesn't it? Food addictions and unhealthy eating habits can be as hard to break as smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. If someone is drinking 8 sodas a day, yep, I would say they are a caffeine and sugar addict. This is a hard habit to break. Breaking a habit cold turkey requires a lot of energy. The trick is telling yourself that you are in control. You are in charge and you demand to stop the habit. Plus, once you overcome one bad habit, you'll find it easier to do it again and again. It builds confidence and experience. Some people can makeover their eating cold turkey - they throw out all the junk food, never taste another sip of Coke again, say goodbye to Doritos for good. This strategy might not be for everyone and that is totally OK.
2. Raise the Bar
Sometimes, we do something because we're simply settling for less. And we don’t event know that we are doing it. Years ago when I was in graduate school I used to live on Diet Coke and Lean Cuisines. I had this tiny, tiny apartment in the attic of an old house right on campus. I didn't even have a full kitchen - I had a hot plate and a microwave! The bar for cooking was set very low. It wasn't a priority back then and my health paid the price. I started experiencing terrible migraine headaches. Later, they were directly linked to my eating habits. Wow. Powerful stuff, huh? Replacing the current stake of your habit with a bigger one always works. We’re designed to grow and evolve. If you eat because you are bored, reorganize your furniture. If you can't cook, sign up for a cooking class. If you hate your kitchen, give it a fresh coat of paint. If you have never had local animal products, seek out local eggs from a farmers market. Challenge yourself. Raise the bar.
3. Crowd it Out
The idea here is spreading your focus across the board to more and more things instead of just focusing on one. For instance, if you have the habit of eating in front of the TV at night, replace that habit with folding laundry. If you are tempted with too much junk food at work, bring your own snacks. Don't think it works? Give it a try.
My challenge for you this week is to look at your breakfast habits. Are you happy with what you eat for breakfast? Does it work for you? Can you take them up a notch?
Today’s recipe is Scrambled Eggs with Avocado.
I love avocado with eggs. I add slices on top of fried eggs on toast, and inside egg sandwiches. But I had never tried adding avocado to scrambled eggs — until last week. Why not? I have no idea — these two things were meant to go together.
Avocado Scrambled Eggs
1 teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil
2 eggs, scrambled (buy from a local farm if you can - your mind will be blown! So much better tasting and better for you.)
1/2 avocado, diced
salt and pepper to taste
Scramble the eggs until they are barely set, and still soft. Dice an avocado and stir it in, gently, cooking until it is just warmed through. Pile on a wrap or toast and enjoy!
The soft, creamy eggs cover the bites of avocado for the epitome of creaminess. It's utterly delicious. It's also so simple to make.
**Check out all the Busy Women Mealtime Makeover recipes so far by clicking here.**