Finding easy ways to start eating healthy can be quite burdensome for many. Many have no clue where to start at all. I’ve seen many hop onto the latest trend or fad thinking it’ll be easy, to quickly fall off track. The one thing I noticed that people seek is convenience, but they forget about the sustainability aspect which trends and fads don’t provide. If you fell victim to any of these fads and trends, don’t worry, I have several sustainable easy ways to start eating healthy below for you.
1. Meal Plan & Prep
Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it. Plan out your meals ahead of time so that you aren’t scattered brain and trying to figure out what to eat anymore. This will prevent you from randomly eating anything which may set you back. Next, prep those meals by cooking them and storing them. Pick about 2 days you can dedicate time to do this. Look at it as an investment. Put in the time to prep your meals in one sitting to save yourself time cooking in the future. This can definitely help if you have an unpredictable schedule or lifestyle.
2. Use Small Kitchen Appliances
Work smarter not harder. The use of small kitchen appliances will take place during meal prep. Using these appliances can save you tons of time, helping you cook more efficiently and provide some consistency with your meal in terms of taste. Some appliances to consider are multi-cookers which can do almost everything depending on which brand you get, a blender to make smoothies, and a griddle to cook larger amounts of food at once. Those are just a few you can get. I can personally recommend a George Forman Grill, Ninja Blender, NuWave Oven, Rice Cooker, and/or Multifunction Air Fryer. My wife and I used them all and they worked wonderfully.
3. Know Before You Go
Before you go out somewhere to eat, review the menu or ask whoever is in charge of the food if it’s a house function, what’s available. Look at all your options and make the appropriate decision. If you notice there isn’t anything healthy, eat before going. Eat a small meal consisting of quality protein and/or fiber-rich food beforehand but save some room so you can partake once you arrive at the destination. I know some people may feel offended if you come to their function and don’t eat. It’s a win-win here if you take that approach.
4. Drink and/or Eat Your Water
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you don’t like drinking your water, eat it. What I mean by eating is to eat food high in water content. Foods such as fruit usually have high water, melons, berries, and citruses are great choices. Vegetables like lettuce, celery, peppers, and cabbage do as well. Of course, there are plenty more foods with high water content I haven’t listed so you have plenty of options. Water plays a vital role in digestion and carrying nutrients to your cells (1). Both are two things that need to happen in order for you to be healthy.
5. Eat the Rainbow
Instead of focusing on counting calories, weighing food, and so forth; focus on eating the rainbow. I say eat the rainbow so that you can have a variety of foods that provide a variety of different nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat, and/or dairy. This works really well for those who love and need variety in order to stay on point with eating healthy and prevent boredom. Just think about how many types of cuisines and dishes you can try. Your goal will always be to make your plate as colorful as possible.
6. Drink Smoothies
You may be a person that’s extremely busy and barely have time to cook a nice home-cooked meal for yourself. Invest in a blender to make tasty and nutritious smoothies to take on the go would be perfect for you. Smoothies are also a great idea when you have nutritious foods you hate the taste of but know you should eat them, you can just toss them in a smoothie with something you love the taste of. I would do this with peas because they taste horrible but are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and potassium (2).
7. Make Soup
One could also make soups with a blender and store it in a thermos to keep it nice and hot for hours if wanting to take it on the go. I personally recommend thermos made by Stanley, they’re built to last, seem they like they last forever based on how long I had mine and the number of times I dropped it. It still looks brand new. In addition, just like the smoothie, you can blend different vegetables together into a smooth consistency. I heard many clients say a Vitamix does wonders doing that. Eating soup may help you bypass a texture issue you may have that prevented you from eating certain foods.
8. Use Your Hand
Use your hand to portion out food. Different parts of your hand can represent portion sizes for proteins, fats, and carbs. A fist, palm, thumb, and cupped hands are usually the references. Some people break it down into more categories so there’s freedom using this technique. Your hand goes with you everywhere with you obviously, making this technique easily accessible. No need to weigh food or count calories. Experiment with different portion sizes and records your results.
9. Don’t Grocery Shop Hungry
Avoid going grocery shopping while hungry. Letting hunger take the wheel will not be in your best interest. You may tend to spend more than you expected and put unhealthy food into your cart. This can possibly lead to financial stress if you’re already in a financial bind and the unhealthy food is counterproductive to what your goals are. All the fancy marketing tactics and your hunger combined is not the best combination. Shop with your pre-planned grocery list and stick to it.
10. Buy Healthy Food in Bulk
Let the majority of the food you buy be healthy options. Buy your healthy snacks and core foods in bulk. Allow them to take up the majority of the space in your refrigerator, pantry, and freezer. You only have but so much space, therefore use that space wisely. If there is no room for unhealthy foods in your home, the less you’ll eat it.
11. Make it Accessible
It’s way easier to reach low-hanging fruit than the fruit sitting high up. Make your healthy options of food the low-hanging fruit in your home and life. Do this literally by putting healthy foods at eye level or in easy to reach areas in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Use the same tactics money-hungry food companies use on you to buy a bunch of junk but with health-oriented foods. Play mind games on yourself. Keep the sweets and fattening foods out of reach, make yourself put some effort into getting it.
In conclusion, those are 11 easy ways to eat healthy on a consistent basis. They’re practical and sustainable. Now although I say easy, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take some work. It’s about working smarter and not harder. Set yourself up for success by following the tips above.
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