For some people, healthy eating comes naturally. Perhaps you’ve had to find alternative measures to create recipes due to dietary requirements or allergies, or perhaps you’re just extremely motivated to live your best life. For others, healthy eating can be a very difficult concept, especially for those with hectic lifestyles who mostly eat on the go or grab something quick and easy (which is usually unhealthy).
Whatever your reasons for seeking healthier eating habits, here are 3 tips to see you on the right path.
- Allow Yourself Certain Treats
If you cut out all treats and junk food altogether, you’re more likely to resent healthy eating and therefore more inclined to succumb to the temptation of forbidden food. It’s much better in the long run to allow yourself certain treats from time to time. As long as you are not overloading on sugar and junk food which can increase the risk of various types of diabetes, there is no reason why you cannot have the occasional sugary snack or takeaway as a treat.
If you allow yourself a set treat day during the week, you know you can make it through healthy eating the other 6 days because you have something to look forward to,
- Plan Your Meals and Prepare in Advance
The only way you’re going to get a firm grip on which foods are healthy and how to have more of them, is to do your research and plan your meals. You’re more likely to grab an unhealthy food item if you haven’t planned and need something last minute at the height of hunger.
Planning your meals takes effort, but it doesn’t have to be a large amount — you could take an hour on a Sunday to plan your meals for the week and ensure you write a shopping list to get the right ingredients and avoid straying off schedule.
Furthermore, if you have a busy job which often sees you traveling through the nearest drive-through, it’s much better to prepare your lunches in advance. Again, this takes effort; but, how long really does it take to make a healthy sandwich the night before or grab a piece of fruit on the way out the door?
- Be Open to Trying Different Foods
If you’re not really a foodie, it can be easy to stick to what you know, what you enjoy and what’s easy to cook. However, this severely limits your palette and you could be missing out on tasty and healthy foods which are essential for your diet.
Try to be more open-minded when it comes to food. You may see it as a risk to try different dishes in a restaurant when you’re paying more for it, but actually it’s more likely that you’ll experience a dish which is professionally cooked and flavored perfectly — and it may end up being your new favorite thing.
You could also try vegetarian options which see you consuming more vegetables and non-meat products, even if it’s simply a meat-free day once a week.