Eating healthy isn’t always easy, especially when time is limited. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect it’s about making an effort and feeling good.
1. Start by adding in healthier foods
Don’t focus so much on eliminating foods or putting restrictions on yourself. Add healthy snacks. Having them on hand makes you more likely to eat them. Have an apple and nut butter, veggies and hummus (cut veggies prior so they are even quicker to grab).
2. Start small
Make reasonable changes, and do not try to change everything all at once. If you are eating out most days, start by committing to cooking/making 3 meals at home 1 day a week, once that becomes routine, make it 2 days a week.
I, myself love chips, instead of deciding I am not going to eat chips at all I only have plain or low salt chips, and no dip. I don’t buy chips(unless we’re going camping) but if I’m at a get together and there are plain chips, I will enjoy them guilt free.
Pop and alcohol doesn’t count. If you do indulge in an occasional alcoholic beverage, try to hydrate before you begin dehydrating. If you are not somebody who enjoys plain water consider coconut water, or making your own flavoured water with fruits, veggies, and herbs. Could also use seltzer water if you like the bubbles. Tea without cream or sugar is also a great way to hydrate.
I know if I don’t have something easy handy and I’m hungry I will eat whatever is around. It is nice to make a healthy meal in bulk so that you can have a healthy meal with minimal preparation(my favorite wrap here). It is a cliché but try your best to eat breakfast. It will kick your day off with energy, and keep you fuller so you are not starving by lunchtime. I know I like to get as much sleep as I can in the morning so I like to have something I can just grab and take with me to eat later at work. A great, easy breakfast is overnight oats. There are many different recipes and as long as you like oats you are bound to find one that you like. My favorite is here.
5. Add seeds
I love hemp seeds, but sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds etc. work great. Easy way to add protein, crunch and keep you fuller longer. They can be added to pretty much anything you are eating. Add to smoothies, salads, stir-fries, wraps, and sandwiches.
These are just a few simple tips that I find help me eat healthier.
What are your strategies to make eating healthy easier? Leave a comment below to let me know!