Hey you! Welcome to the style firm (or welcome back!). I am taking a short break from fashion this week to talk about healthy eating. I am calling out everyone who set a goal for 2018 and made a promise that they would eat healthy and temporarily failed due to being lazy, unmotivated, and starving all the time. I got you! I’m here to get you back on track by explaining my key tips and tricks to eating healthy. We have a ton of other responsibilities: work, school, kids, etc so it’s important to keep it simple.
*Disclosure: I am not a nutrition professional this post provides tips & tricks solely based on my personal experience with eating healthy. All readers are encouraged to consult a health professional or do your own research before making decisions regarding your eating habits.
Plan your meals
No wait don’t leave! It’s not a hassle in the way you are thinking. I have planned meals in the grocery store parking lot before. It gets easier I promise. You just need to know what type of healthy meals you like and put together a quick grocery list of everything you need. Having a plan for what you are going to eat keeps you from going astray and eating out all the time because you don’t feel like cooking at the last minute. Feel free to use my Recipes Pinterest board below for ideas on meals to prep!
MyFitnessPal is a free food diary phone app where you can track everything that you eat. I am not sponsored by them at all but I wanted to mention them because the app helped me lose 20 lbs over a year ago after I changed my eating habits. It also helped me understand how important serving size is and I recommend it to anyone who needs help with keeping track of calories and macros (carbs, protein, fat). I love that all you have to do is scan the barcode of each food item and it will bring up the nutrition facts.
Modify your grocery shopping habits
Get out of the middle aisles of the grocery store. Those aisles consist of packaged foods that will take you down a long path of excess sugar, carbs, and sodium and if you are trying to eat healthy this is counterproductive. In order for you to progress you have to start hanging out with the cool kids at the produce and organic food section.
Veggies are your BFF
The easiest way to eat healthy is to pile the veggies on your plate. Veggies are a free for all. Hey make sure you don’t eat too much spinach said no one ever! Figure out what vegetables you like the most and make a game out of seeing how many meals you can include them in. You will NEVER go wrong with having 2-3 servings of veggies with every meal.
Who likes bland, boring food?
Healthy food has to have flavor. You cannot just eat broccoli or spinach plain. Play around with different seasonings and sauces to make the food you eat taste like heaven or you will remain unmotivated and go back to your old eating ways. If you like spicy food then use a veggie based hot sauce or sriracha to give your meal some flavor. My favorite sauce to use is ponzu. It is a low sodium citrus soy sauce that tastes delicious with just about everything.
Reinvent your favorite meals
I’m all about taking your favorite meal and figuring out how to make it as healthy as possible without sacrificing the taste. I love eating burgers and fries so I reinvented it by trying different frozen veggie burgers that I can make at home with sweet potato fries. Instead of eating the burger with a high carb hamburger bun I used sandwich thins. It’s still delicious as ever and much healthier. I do the same thing for pizza 🙂
Keep your portion sizes in check
If you are new to eating healthy I would advise measuring your food (food scale or measuring cups) for a while so you can understand serving sizes better (because you will be VERY surprised lol). Normally when you eat out at a restaurant they are giving you a meal that has 2-3 servings of food so it is important to know how much food you are really ingesting at one time. You can find details on portion sizes here.
Do a water challenge
Drinking water doesn’t have to be a dull task. There are apps where you can track your water intake so you can start a contest with friends and/or family to see who can drink the most water in a week or month. When you drink a ton of water (and start running to the bathroom every 30 minutes lol) you will notice that you feel so much lighter due to dropping water weight and you should also notice a difference in your skin and energy levels.
I know these tips are not anything “new” but I hope they are helpful to you and you re-commit to eating healthy again. I suffer from frequent headaches and migraines so eating healthy (combined with working out) has reduced the headaches tremendously. What tips do you plan on using today? No matter what your reasons are for eating healthy or what your long term goal is… you got this!!
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