Healthy eating does not come natural or easy for most people. It is still a daily struggle for me.
I have weaknesses. I love snacking and chocolates.
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A healthy lifestyle is a lifetime behavioural journey of good habits. The food you eat has a huge impact on your overall health. Most illnesses are the result of unhealthy eating.
We live in a busy world where we hardly have enough time to get through the day. Cooking or preparing food is often last on the list if it even makes it onto a list.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Healthy Eating
Plan your Meals
Meal planning is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When you plan your meals ahead of time, you know what you need and what you’ll be making each day.
A meal plan is a great way to limit food wastage and spending on unnecessary foods. It gives you more control of your meals and portions.
The great thing about a meal plan is that it’s a time saver. And I’m all about using my time wisely. Worrying about what’s for dinner is not how I want to ideally spend my time.
Make room in your meal plan for eating out. Just make sure you choose healthy options when eating out.
If things change don’t fret or stress. Continue with the plan for the next meal or the next day.
Meal preparation is important if you want to stick to healthier meal options. When you prep your meals, you decide what goes into the food you eat and choose your portion size.
Once you’ve prepped your food, you kind of have to eat it. So you’ll maintain your healthy food choices better that way.
I love these Glass Food Storage Containers designed to make meal prep easy.
Choose a day where you can set up your meal menu for the week and ideally in a Sunday, do the prep and freeze what you can. This way you won’t be tempted to eat anything that comes your way.
Prepare healthy, nutritious foods that you will enjoy. Don’t be shy to use seasoning and add flavour. Just be sure to use natural alternatives.
Stock up the pantry
When you have a pantry full of wholesome nutritious foods and snacks, it’s easier to stick to your healthy eating plan.
Have a weekly or monthly grocery list with all the foods and supplies you will need. You won’t be easily tempted to go out and buy food because ‘you have nothing to cook’.
Stock up on grains and legumes, condiments, spices, frozen fruits and vegetables and eggs.
Cooking will be more fun when you readily have the ingredients on hand. Try different things and add variety to your meals.
Fresh foods are better than processed and prepacked foods. You get to control what’s in your meals.
Canned and prepacked foods are often full of sugar, salt, preservatives and provide little nutrition.
You should opt for fresh produce whenever possible and when it’s in season. However, frozen and dried foods are good alternatives.
The downside of buying fresh produce is shelf life. However, the nutritional value and taste outweigh how long they may last.
And to be honest, they shouldn’t be sitting in the pantry or the fridge for long if you eat the recommended quantities daily.
Too much of anything can be bad for you. Portion control doesn’t mean counting calories or cutting out any type of food.
A balanced, healthy diet consists of all food groups; carbohydrates, protein, fruit & vegetables, and healthy fats.
This is a great way to go, monitor, how much you eat to avoid overeating in general and eating too much of the same foods.
Three Great Easy Recipes to Try Out
These awesome easy recipes will help you start your healthy eating journey.
Healthy eating has never been easier. It takes effort, self-control and consistency, but it’s doable. And oh so worth it.
Your body will thank you.
Grab the Meal Plan & Meal Prep Guide to help you get started and keep going.
Share your healthy meals and tips below.