Most of us know what to eat to get healthy and which foods we should be avoiding. However, the most difficult part is actually starting on this healthy journey. So how do you plan a healthy diet and stick to it? Here are seven easy ways to do it.
Keep A Food Diary
The process of eating healthy begins before you even put any food into your mouth. Take a look at what you’re consuming now, so you know where you should beef up and what you should cut down in your diet. Keeping a food diary is the best way to do this; write down what you eat each day for a week or two. And no cheating here; include every single thing that you eat – yes, even that bar of chocolate you had after a fight with your boyfriend. The rationale here is that you can only change your habits when you are actually aware of what you’re doing.
Take Baby Steps
It’s impossible to go from a regular diet to a healthy one immediately. Not many people have that sort of discipline and, when you do too much, too quickly, you often set yourself up for failure. Start small, say, add a salad to your diet once a day, instead of swapping all your meals to ones containing only green, leafy vegetables. Making drastic changes don’t often work but if you gradually make small ones, it soon becomes just another part of your diet and feels normal.
Cook Your Own Meals
When you prepare your own meals, you know exactly what’s going into your food. It gives you the chance to monitor and control what you’re consuming at every meal. With our hectic lives, we know it’s not often easy to cook every meal ourselves – especially not after a long day at work – but it’s good enough to prepare several meals a week yourself. Pack a healthy salad for lunch every day or set aside a few hours each weekend to cook a few meals that you can freeze for the week. Then all you have to do when you get home every day is defrost, heat up and enjoy your healthy, home-cooked meal. It’ll save you lots of money too.
Make It Simple
Don’t complicate your life by counting calories or keeping track of which food groups you’re eating at every meal. Even making simple changes like eating smaller portions and avoiding packaged or processed foods will make a big difference to your health. Eat food that is as fresh as possible, for the best health benefits. And always read the labels when you’re buying food – even ‘healthy’ foods are sometimes not as healthy as they claim to be so start paying attention.
Eat At The Table
One of the worst eating habits is having meals in front of the TV. It’s a common way to end up overeating and snacking portions are also never sensible when you’re doing it while watching TV. Eating at the dinner table makes you to eat better as you won’t be distracted by anything else. Also, try to eat with others as often as possible as it gives you less reason to over indulge.
Don’t Ban Foods
It’s common sense, really – the more you’re told that you can’t have something, the more you’ll want it. When you come up with a diet plan that bans certain types of foods, it’s only human to crave for them more. Allow yourself to enjoy ‘unhealthy’ foods once in a while; after all, moderation is key.
Do It Because You Want To
If you’re embarking on a healthy-eating life just because you think you should or because someone else challenged you to do it, we hate to be the bearer of bad news but there’s a high change you won’t succeed. As with everything else in life, only when you do something because you really want to will you be motivated to do it – and end up doing it well.
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