If someone had told me, a while back, that I could eat delicious and satisfying food that is also great for my body without restrictions, I’m not sure I would have believed them. Trust me, it is possible. How, you ask?. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
1. MEAL PREP
Meal prepping will help you have healthier choices during meal time. Having an idea of what you want to eat will be a guideline to use as a reference. It is also a time saver especially if you are busy and on the go. Prepare meals that will last you a few days. Meal prepping also enables you to be in control of what you eat, which is always a plus.
2. HOME COOK YOUR FOOD
Home cooked meals are the best. You can have fun creating new flavors in your own kitchen and make them healthier too and to your preference.
3. CREATE GOOD HABITS
Habits are everything. Often people confuse their habits with their personalities. When someone says they can’t eat veggies, is it that they really can’t or they choose not to. You can redirect your eating habits and get used to new flavors. If you are in a habit of eating healthy then you will crave healthy foods.
4. PLAN FOR MISTAKES
Set aside a day where you don’t plan your meal. That could be the day you plan on going out or spend time with friends. You don’t have to plan every single meal. Give yourself the freedom to cook whenever you want to. Remember you are human and it is very difficult to stay perfect and pristine with your eating habits.
5. HANDY HEALTHY SNACKS
Always have your favorite healthy snacks on hand. It could be nuts, seeds or protein bars. Whatever you choose as long as it is healthy for you. Having them close by will save you from going for the sugar filled, non satiating options.
6. DRINK ENOUGH WATER
Drink plenty of water. Why? Because water is life. A lot of people don’t drink nearly enough water a day. That’s when the body confuses hunger with thirst. Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry, it could be that you are actually thirsty.
7. DON’T FALL FOR THE COMMERCIALS
You didn’t even want a burger until you saw that commercial and now all you can think about is having that burger. Do you really need it? Or have you been conditioned to think that you do.
8. CRAVINGS AND DEFICIENCIES
This is a big one. Ever had a craving that you can’t seem to satisfy no matter how much you ate? It most likely could be that you are deficient in something. A craving for salty foods indicates a need for electrolytes. A craving for sweet food indicates a need for iron. Get your blood tested and figure out whether you are deficient in anything. That will help with your cravings.
9. CHOOSE WISELY
When people say they are going to “treat” themselves, they usually mean with something “bad” like pizza, alcohol, soda or cupcakes. But like the word suggest, you should “treat” your body with something that is actually “good” for you.
Go for the nutritionally dense foods that are actually satiating. You would rather go for a fruit smoothie than a soda. Remember to treat yourself with everything you eat.
10. EAT BREAKFAST
Do not skip breakfast. Have something to kick start your metabolism for the day.
11. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Being well rested will make sure you have enough energy in the morning. This reduce your urge for snacking all day, looking for extra energy.
12. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
Don’t use food to manage stress. Focus on other ways to reduce your stress, like taking a walk outside or practicing breathing techniques, rather than resulting to food.
I hope this encourages and supports anyone struggling with their eating habits. You should be happy and relaxed in the way you eat.
Are you a smoothie or a juice type of person? I love my smoothies, but I also have my juice days. They both have their pros and cons. Check it out:
If you have any more tips on this, please feel free to share them.
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