As you begin working towards a new healthy lifestyle, you’re sure to have a few bumps along the way. Don’t let them stop you! This is not a rush to the finish line; it’s a journey. Small changes have a huge impact; and over time, small changes add up to make some really big changes. Here are 10 ways you can begin to make better eating choices for life.
Use Pinterest, websites, blogs, books and magazines to find some new recipes. Start small. You don’t need a ton of expensive ingredients to make a healthy meal. Learn a few new techniques; invest in some good cookware, and get down in the kitchen!
2. Cook ahead
If you know you have a long week ahead and you won’t feel like cooking, do your cooking the weekend before and portion out your meals. Put some in the fridge and some in the freezer so you can grab as needed.
3. Plan ahead
I know what you’re thinking- plan ahead sounds like cook ahead. Let me explain. If you know you’re going out to a restaurant, review the menu beforehand so you can make the healthiest choice. If you know you won’t have time for a lot of sit-down meals, make sure you pack plenty of snacks. Planning ahead gets you ahead!
4. Find your favorites
Experimenting with new ingredients is a great way to incorporate new vegetables into your meals. Grab some cooking magazines; ask questions at the grocery store, or just grab a new ingredient and search online for how to use it. You may find one of your favorite foods is something you’ve never even had yet! When you find things you like, stick with them. Variety is great, but when you’re adapting to a new lifestyle or dealing with a busy schedule, simplicity is key.
5. Don’t deprive
The important thing to remember about eating healthy is that it’s a lifestyle change, not a 30-day change that’s done and over. If you constantly tell your body things are off limits, you’ll want them more and more. Even worse, you’ll overindulge when you actually do have them. If you want french fries one day, order a small size and be done with it. Have to have your chocolate fix everyday? Pack a small piece of the best chocolate you can find! Healthy eating is not about saying “no” to life’s little pleasures.
6. Don’t reward yourself with food
I know this sounds crazy to some of you, but there’s good reasoning behind it. Many people will make it a point to eat healthy all week so they can reward themselves with junk on the weekends. Don’t let this happen to you. Remember what I said in #5. Stick to that. When you’re pleased with the progress you’re making, reward yourself with other things. Set aside some alone time, buy a new outfit or schedule a massage. Relax alone in your tub or schedule some extra reading time. Feed your soul instead.
You won’t believe the difference you’ll notice in your mind and body when you consume more leafy green things. Spinach in smoothies, kale in soups, romaine in salads- there are TONS of ways to fit more greens in your life. I recommend three cups of greens a day, so be creative and don’t be afraid to try something new!
What do you think about these 10 tips? Are they things you already do? Which ones seem the easiest to incorporate for you?