Eating healthy can seem like a great sacrifice. It isn’t.
If you want to go all out and make radical changes in your diet, for example: go vegan, it will require a lot of learning and rewiring of daily routines and expectations.
If, however, you simply want to eat healthier, changes are easy to implement, and they will make a real difference to your body and energy levels. Here is how to Make Eating Healthy Super Easy!
BREAKFAST: YOUR PROTEIN PACKED START TO THE DAY
Starting your day off with a good breakfast is essential not to avoid snacking. Protein will give you energy, and you only need about 30 grams of it. Being full will also reduce your cravings for carbs and sugar. That is simply a sign that you haven’t had enough for breakfast.
Your muscles will be fueled, your body busy digesting it and your brain free and full of energy to concentrate on the day ahead.
SNACKS, YOUR HEALTHY NEW FRIEND
Snacking is very common. It is partly because we eat the wrong things at the wrong time, partly because we are designed to eat quite often and also because we are anxious, stressed and busy people.
Snacks can be your most evil enemy, making you irritable, unlikely to concentrate and add to your stress. On the other hand, if you organize yourself a little and carry with you healthy snacks, you can simply have one whenever you feel like it and need that extra fuel.
Easy and healthy snacks:
Nuts. Almonds, cashews, peanuts, and many more are perfect to snack on. They are easy to carry in your bag. They have healthy oils and are full of calcium, zinc, and other minerals. They will also fill you up for a while. To get the most out of them, make sure you chew them well.
Fruit. They are refreshing, easy to carry, and quick to eat. You can have a few minutes break and eat a banana, an apple, or any fruit you like. If you want to eat slowly, snacking for a while, you can have some grapes, for example.
Granola Jars. You can make your own mix of nuts, fruit, and yogurt and put them in a sterilized jar. You can easily vary them by changing the combination of fruits, nuts, and the flavor of the yogurt.
Vegetables. Cut up carrots, celery, and cucumbers in small sticks. They are refreshing, filling, and an easy way to get your 5-a-day. You can also take a dip and eat with them. Make sure you don’t go crazy here; keep it healthy!
ALL MEALS MEAN VEGGIES
Vegetables need to be ⅔ of every meal. Now, when we say vegetables, we don’t mean fried vegetables, canned ones or anything that isn’t fresh and in season.
If you aren’t used to eating them or think you don’t really like them much, here is our advice: experiment. Talk to people and look for recipes that will help you get to know your veggies, how to cook them, and combine them.
Easy ways to add veggies to your meals are: Add them to your smoothies. Learn to make great sauces for salad. Learn to make vegetable casseroles.
If you really aren’t used to eating them, it will require a bit of time. Adding cheese or frying the all isn’t eating healthy!
WHOLE FOODS, REAL FOODS
Whole foods are easy to get in farmer’s markets and healthy food shops. You don’t need vitamin supplements, canned foods, or processed foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and other whole foods are cheap to buy and can easily be turned into healthy and tasty dishes.
Experiment with different foods: hummus, guacamole, salads, granola, casseroles. Learn to use spices and garlic. My mouth is watering already!
Give it a little time. Your taste buds will adjust, and your body will thank you for it!
Now, don’t go crazy. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you have meat every day, reduce it to 5 times a week for the first week and then to 3 for a couple of weeks.
If you like your BBQ burger on the weekend and love to eat out in a pizza place on Friday night, go right ahead!
The idea is that by eating most of the time healthily, you’ll be able to enjoy eating those treats even more because they will be exactly that, treats. Make sure you keep them like that, and you’ll see and feel the results in no time!