Eat Healthy! How many times have we heard that? It may seem like a challenge, but did you know the average American consumes 2.31 ounces of fat and 4.46 ounces of sugar per day? Making the U.S. the #1 country consuming the highest sugar and the second country with the highest fat intake! To stay healthy, (and get our Beyonce bodies) we need to consume more than 40 different nutrients. Here are 4 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy and transition to a healthier lifestyle.
4 EASY WAYS TO EAT HEALTHY
Buy Healthy Food
I know this sounds simple, but it’s much easier to eat healthy when there’s nothing but healthy options in the kitchen. To accomplish this, first, make a conscious decision to buy nutritious food! Tell yourself, “I’m going to eat healthy” and then actually do it! Second, get rid of all the unhealthy food, snacks, drinks, etc. in your kitchen, IF you can afford to. If you can’t, limit consumption. Designate the unhealthy snacks for cheat days to reward yourself for taking the steps to a healthier lifestyle. Or save them for outings when you can share with friends. Remember, resisting unhealthy snacks takes will power! In my opinion, it’s much easier just to get rid of it.
Create a Personalized Healthy CookBook
Ever been through this, “What do you want to eat?” “Idk, anything you want”… and then you go back and forth with the person trying to decide what to eat? As a result, you end up choosing the least healthy option. To remedy this, compile a healthy cookbook of all your favorite recipes you find online. You know what I mean. Next time you’re scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest and see a yummy cooking video and think, “I can make that!” Like the video, save/print it and add it to your healthy recipe collection. That way, when you run out of meal ideas, you can reference the book. Personalize the cookbook and make it yours!
If I told you meal prepping saves time and money, would you try it out? Meal prep or Meal Preparation is so simple, but many of us actually do it. It’s literally preparing a week’s worth of food in advance. The idea is to have healthy food readily available for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner; eliminating the need to buy/eat unhealthy food. The only downside (in my opinion) is eating the same food day after day. If you’re like me, I suggest cooking the meat separately (I prefer chicken) and pairing it with various sides. One day you can have chicken alfredo, then chicken and rice, chicken salad, Chinese chicken salad, etc. Takes a tad bit longer to prepare, but at the end of the day, you save more time and money.
Eat This, Not That
Take a page out of New York’s Times Best Selling Book, Eat This, Not That, and choose the healthier option! Example, I love brown sugar Poptarts, but they contain preservatives and other processed ingredients I’m trying to avoid. So instead, I’ll purchase the brown sugar version at Trader Joes. They’re made with whole wheat, real sugar and a bunch of other ingredients I recognize and actually can pronounce! Or, if you’re addicted to soda and trying to cut back, the next time you have a craving, instead of picking up a Sprite, opt for a mineral water and add fresh limes. In order words, satisfy your cravings in a healthier ways!!
Eating healthy and transitioning to a healthier lifestyle begins with small lifestyle changes. The tips above are recommendations that I, Dominique, have implemented into my own life. By no means is this an all-inclusive list, but more as a guide to help get you started. Are you ready? Let’s embark on this journey together. Will it be hard? Yes! But by sticking together, we can encourage one another!
What lifestyle changes are you making towards a healthier, more fulfilled life? COMMENT BELOW AND LET’S CHAT!