A while back I did a video on my youtube channel sharing my 5 tips for eating healthy and maintaining such a lifestyle. Well I thought it would be helpful to share them here on the blog as well.
# 1 Out of Sight…Out of Mind.
I like to make sure I do not have any junk food or anything that is not healthy in my house, and this makes it much more easier for me to stick to the plan and to eat healthy because what tends to happen is that if you’re given the choice of eating something that is not so healthy/junk food you are more likely to choose that over something healthy.
So I just avoid it all together! When I go grocery shopping, I make sure that I’m not hungry, I’m not craving anything, so I do grocery shopping during those times and I make sure I pick out healthy food, so when I get back home I have no temptations whatsoever to eat anything bad.
#2 Eat Before you’re hungry.
I always try to eat before I’m hungry because, when you’re hungry you tend to crave sugars and fats. And this is because your body is feeling starved and it doesn’t have any energy and it just wants that quick boost of energy. And sugars make your energy levels go up real quick, so it’s only natural that you crave the sugars and fats when you’re hungry so what I try to do to avoid getting to that point where OMG I’m so hungry I want to eat something right now, is I try to eat a lot of smaller snacks in between. And I also try to eat protein because protein tends to stay longer in your stomach and tends to give you that constant energy, that way, I don’t crave the bad stuff.
#3 Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.
A lot of people think that eating healthy is boring but in today’s age there’s lots of inspiration and great recipes out there and I truly believe if your food looks good and tastes good, you are most likely to eat it. So you can go on instagram, you can go on pinterest and on youtube, there’s a lot of different ways where you can make your food look appealing and taste good and maintain eating healthy. So you don’t have to sacrifice the taste of your food to eat healthy.
#4 You are the average of the people you spend the most time with.
In order for you to turn it into a lifestyle, and stick to the plan, you need to surround yourself with like minded people. People who are rooting for you, people who are supporting your choices. You know when you’re eating healthy and you’re surrounding yourself or hanging around somebody else who is eating something that is not so healthy, you are more likely to jump on the band wagon and eat whatever they are eating and just tell yourself, you know what I’m gonna eat that healthy thing next time on my next meal. Even if you do not have somebody in your immediate surrounding have your virtual friends, who eat healthy or join a support group. If you see other people eating healthy you are more likely to be inspired to eat healthier.
#5 Give yourself a break and have a Cheat Day
I can’t tell you how important this is, having a cheat day is essential to your sanity when eating healthy. And I always try to choose one day, out of the week, where I’m allowed to eat anything I want. And that just motivates you throughout the week to stick to your routine, and keep eating healthy because you know what I have my weekend where I can eat anything I want, so I’m just going to stick it out ’till the weekend. That way you’re not setting yourself up to fail, and, you don’t even feel like you’re missing out on anything.
And it’s happened to me sometimes where I’ve been eating healthy for a while and that one day that I decide to eat something bad like junk food, you know what I’m not even missing out this tastes so Ew, why am I even eating this, and then it makes you motivated even more to stick to your plan.
And lastly I have a bonus tip, if you’re just starting out on this eating healthy journey, start slow, don’t just strip yourself off of everything, and try to eat healthy 24/7 and avoid this that and the other, it’s going to be really hard for you mentally. It’s just like when the New Year rolls in and we all make our goals, and by the second week of January we have all forgotten our goals, that’s the same thing, you know when you start eating healthy you just want to start introducing it slowly so that you’re not setting yourself up to fail and you’re more likely to stick with it.
If you’re just starting out maybe start by introducing one healthy meal a day, maybe your lunch or your breakfast, and then gradually increase healthier meals until you get to that point you’re completely eating healthy. Kind of like weaning yourself off of bad, unhealthy junk food.
I hope these were helpful Gooduck!