Eating well isn’t supposed to be hard. It’s supposed to make you feel good, give you energy and help you lead a long, healthy life. It doesn’t mean missing out on things so much as adding things. Remember Michael Pollen’s words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly vegetables.
With that in mind keep it simple. Try to eat less sugar and highly processed foods and instead eat more of the good stuff. How? See below for my tips on how I make sure I eat well every week and don’t every get bored with it. Healthy eating shouldn’t be a fad you’re trying on for a few weeks to fit into a certain dress size. It’s not about weight, it’s about your health so make small changes in your lifestyle to promote your own health.
The below are the tips I use myself whenever I find myself slipping into bad habits. They’re super easy changes you can make and start feeling good. Remember we all look different on the outside so just imagine how different our bodies can be on the inside, what works for me may not work for you! If you think you need extra help, contacting a registered nutritionist is a smart idea.
- Include vegetables in as many meals as you can. Eat them as snacks, have some at breakfast and make sure they feature in your lunch and dinner too.
- Choose at least two days a week to not eat meat. Yep be a part time vego. Vegetarian food can be filling so if you’re worried about that check out these recipes.
- If the above suggestion is too hard, do a few days where you just have vegetarian food at lunch. It’s a step in the right direction and will help you eat your quota of vegetables for the day.
This lentil salad is super filling
As is this rainbow like bowl
- Include fiber rich foods like legumes and pulses (and obviously vegetables) in your meals. These will keep you full for longer and hopefully help curb those afternoon cravings.
- Exercise! It’s good for your body and mind. Walk, run, ride, do yoga, pilates, barre, boxing whatever it might be. Move everyday. You can switch up between cardio and weight training. Fun tip: muscle burns more calories, more muscle means you can eat more and yay for eating more.
There’s some great free online barre body lessons available here.
- Prep. If you know you have a sweet tooth then make some healthier treats (There’s also some great recipes in my Dessert for Breakfast Ebook) at the start of the week, keep frozen fruit in the freezer, or fresh fruit on hand. If eating lunch out is your weakness then prep your work lunch on the weekend with some batch cooking.
- Cook as much of your own food as possible. If you hate to cook then start simple, or batch cook things so you don’t have to do it every night. There’s nothing more helpful for getting you back in touch with food that’s good for you than knowing what you’re eating. The best way to do that is cook for yourself. That way if you really want a burger, you’ve got to make it rather than going to some mass produced fast food place and the one you make it home will be way better for you and not full of nasty things that you can’t pronounce.
And remember to have fun, don’t beat yourself up over what you eat just try to make the best choice you can for you!
Green Smoothie photos by Elyse Hamilton