Struggling to stick to a healthy diet? You are not the only one. Most Americans exceed the recommendations for added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. The simple fact is – when you have grown up with access to junk food, it is hard to change your ways. Luckily for you, this guide is full of ways to make healthy eating easier.
Throw out junk food
Oscar Wilde said: “I can resist everything, except temptation”. If that sounds like you, it might be time to remove the temptation entirely. If you have junk food in the kitchen, you will always have to resist temptation. If you just keep healthy food around, you will have no choice but to eat it. If you are serious about sticking to a healthy diet, it is time to throw it all out.
Set realistic and specific goals
To stick to a healthy diet, you need to set realistic and specific goals. This could involve weight loss (you will have to count calories too) or it could be eating a certain amount of fruit and vegetable portions in a day. As long as the goals are healthy, it will make the process easier. But you should always start small and build them up – do not attempt to drop 30 pounds in a week.
Prepare a grocery list ahead of time
When you walk into the grocery store, you are entering the land of temptation. You are going to have to walk past aisles of junk food and stick to a pre-prepared list of healthy food items.
These days, you do not even have to walk around the store with a piece of paper, checking off items as you go. You can use one of the many free grocery list apps available.
Prep meals ahead of time
Meal prep is one of the big secrets of healthy eating. Instead of staring blankly in the refrigerator every day, you can grab one of your pre-prepared healthy meals. You can prepare and store pretty much any meal, but curries, chilies, and soup work best. You can also get meal prep containers designed for the purpose.
Get healthy food delivered
If you have a busy family and work life, you might not have time to get to the grocery store. So why not have healthy food delivered? Food delivery services – like Fruit in the Box – deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to your door, so you do not have to think about it. This is a foolproof way of sticking to a healthy diet.
Simplify your meal recipes
Healthy eating does not have to be complicated. In fact, it is super simple. Pick a few easy recipes to learn and master. Then, add a few more. You do not need to be a professional chef to stick to a healthy diet.
Snack healthy throughout the day
You can still snack if you are sticking to a healthy diet. In fact, snacking will help you avoid hunger pains and stop you from overeating at mealtimes. You just have to pick the right snacks. Fill your cupboards with healthy snacks like mixed nuts, fruit, kale chips, and dark chocolate.
Practice the healthy eating mindset
Healthy eating is a mindset. Everything you eat and drink is fuel for your body. A vehicle’s performance is improved if it is filled with high-quality fuel. The same goes for your body. Sticking to a healthy diet will slowly improve everything in your life, from your appearance to your state of mind.
Exercise in conjunction with eating health
You can lose weight without exercise. A healthy diet (and eating at a calorie deficit) will shed pounds quicker than an exercise regime. However, if you add exercise to your lifestyle, you will be more inclined to eat healthily. You will start to change your relationship with food and feel more inclined to choose the healthy option.