Eating healthy… It’s hard, right? Even if you’re not averse to food that’s good for you, the temptation to swerve towards unhealthy options is often overpowering. Why go for fruit when there are donuts sitting there, demanding to be eaten. While it may be hard to avoid that devilish voice in your head, there are ways that you can keep yourself focused on your health kick. Just give some of these simple tips a try.
Don’t wait til it’s too late
How often have you considered eating something only to be put off by the effort of sorting it out? It’s so easy to snack on unhealthy things because they’re always ready to go without you needing to do anything. Many of us eat would eat a lot better if things were just readily prepared for us, because who wants to spend ages making food when you’ve just spent all day at work?
Although you can’t get someone else to do everything for you (unless you’re super lucky), you can do things in advance so that it’s there for you when you want it. A good example is washing and chopping up any groceries that require such preparation as soon as you bring them home from the store. If you get all your prep done for the week ahead, you’ll find yourself eating a lot healthier.
Don’t be too strict
The worst thing you can do if you’re trying to be healthy is giving yourself a hard time for having cravings. All you’re going to do is drive yourself to a point where you crack and then end up binging on stuff that you really shouldn’t. You’ll be much worse off for it and feel incredibly guilty about it.
You should allow yourself to indulge in something every so often, but just keep one option in the house at all times. If you’ve got very little to choose from, you’ve got less to tempt you into being unhealthy. What you do buy you should also keep out of sight – at the back of the cabinet for instance. The less often you see it, the less you’ll be reminded that it’s there.
Healthy options to the front
Speaking of visibility, this is a great way to ensure that you keep to a healthy diet. All the stuff that’s good for you – vegetables for instance – should be the first thing you see when you open the fridge or cabinet. Having it at the very front or in clear containers are great ways to achieve this, and it will trick your mind into snacking a little more healthily. Sure, it won’t stop you from going for something else – rooting around in the fridge doesn’t require that much effort – but you’ll be amazed by what a difference it makes.
When you do this, consider dividing all your food into sections too, so that everything has a place. The more organized your kitchen is, the easier it will be to prepare food. It will also help you to make a more well-balanced meal when it comes to cooking.
Change up your kitchen
It’s amazing the things that affect you when it comes to eating healthy. Would you believe that having nicer bowls, plates and glasses can actually spur you to be more mindful when it comes to eating better? Well, it’s true. If you have equipment in your kitchen that you really like, you’ll be more inclined to use it better and get into a routine of being healthier.
Investing in mason jars is also a great way to go. These come in handy as food containers and can be used for all manner of healthy ingredients. They’ll bring a new look to your kitchen, and you’ll never forget where the food is because the jars are clear.
Being healthy doesn’t have to be a punishment, nor does it need to be difficult. Just keep these tips in mind, and things will get so much easier.