Sharing my Top 10 Ways to Stick to Eating Healthy!
Eating Healthy is something that is definitely good for you and, if you put your mind to it, can be easily achieved too. Finding good habits and then implementing them one by one is the best way to start. So now I’m sharing with you some of my favorite tips and 10 Ways To Stick To Eating Healthy for you to follow.
The end of the school year and Summer are right around the corner, which means many people will be making resolutions relating to being healthier and eating healthier foods. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean “dieting” or depriving yourself. It’s a lot of little steps and commitments that will add up to a healthier lifestyle. If you know you want to start eating healthier this year, these tips are for you.
1. Don’t deprive yourself. Many people jump right into a diet once the New Year or Summer rolls around. They clean out their pantries and only eat vegetables, fruits and lean proteins. That’s all well and good, but usually this only lasts a few weeks. Why? Because you end up feeling really deprived! You made a huge change that won’t be sustainable. Which leads to the next point…
2. Make little changes at first. Eating healthier is a great goal, but start by making small changes. Studies have shown that this is one of the biggest reasons why diets or healthy lifestyle changes FAIL! Don’t cut out sweets, grains, and soda all in one shot. Start with eliminating soda from your diet (if you want to kick your soda habit). Once you feel comfortable with that, take out your daily sweet treat (or salty treat). It will be less of a “shock to the system” and will help you make this a habit as opposed to a quick fix. Try exchanging one old BAD habit for one new GOOD habit each week and move on from there. Remember we talked about setting mini-goals? This is a prime example of having a smaller goal that helps you achieve the bigger one.
3. Let yourself splurge. Some people like to have one small treat each day while others like to have one day a week where they have a splurge meal or don’t track their food. Find what will work best for you. Having a splurge helps you feel less deprived and won’t hurt your goals in the long run. I eat healthy and cook dinner all week long so when Mr. Hat takes me out on Saturday night I know I can order whatever I want, within reason of course. If your body knows you can have it on occasion, your mind won’t crave it.
4. Moderation. Going along with the above point, think about things in moderation. There will be times when your coworkers bring in food or your friends invite you to happy hour. All of this is okay if you practice moderation. Don’t avoid going out because you are “dieting” or trying to eat healthier. Have the food your coworkers or friends brought in, but always in moderation. Just get back to your habits the next day.
5. Challenge your friends. Have friends who have similar resolutions? (If not then find some!) Make eating healthy a challenge or game. Challenge each other to see who can eat the most servings of veggies in one day or something similar. Text each other when you need support like, “Help! I really want to buy pizza today and not have my turkey sandwich!” Having a support system will help you make better choices, and if you know your friends are in it too you’ll be more likely to stay on track. I know of many online diet and fitness support groups that help many people. Find your own tribe or start one yourself. Remember when I told you all of the Reasons Why You Should NOT Workout Alone?
6. Write it down. You may think you eat pretty healthy, but you might be surprised when you keep a food log for one day. People tend to forget those little things they have throughout the day add up, like a chocolate treat, a Starbucks drink, that one cookie, etc. You may also see that you don’t eat enough…or you eat too much. Write everything down for a week to see what your habits are.
7. Use apps. In my previous New Year’s post, I gave a few different apps that will help you lead a healthier lifestyle. If you want to track your daily nutrition, use an app like MyFitnessPal and LoseIt!.
8. Always pack food. If you’re on the go a lot, always pack food and snacks so you’re never in a situation where you have no options (other than fast food). One great option are Larabars. You can keep them in your car because heat/cold don’t affect them. And they’re all-natural! If you do end up hungry and with no snacks, go to a grocery store and buy some greek yogurt or a fruit cup. My favorite things to grab are nut bars, a bag of cashews and an apple.
9. Don’t get hungry. Don’t let yourself get to a point where you are starving…this leads to bad decisions! Make sure you have a snack between breakfast, lunch and dinner so you never get to a meal where your stomach is grumbling. When you feel hungry you’re more apt to overeat or reach for the less healthy option.
10. Get rid of it. Don’t keep things in your house that you know you will crave. If you have Oreos in your pantry or ice cream in your freezer it is much easier to give in to temptation. Even if you think you can do so in moderation, just don’t buy it. Keep healthier items well-stocked as well as healthy snacks to curb your cravings. For example, if you’re craving something sweet, try an apple with peanut butter or drizzled with honey. If this is hard then start with swapping out one treat a week for something healthier and by the end of the Summer you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve changed.
Eating healthier doesn’t have to be viewed as “dieting.” Think of it as living a healthier lifestyle all around. By letting yourself eat certain things in moderation, you’ll feel happier and less deprived. Oh and don’t forget to get out and MOVE a little because that’s part of a healthy lifestyle too. Good luck! What is your BEST TIP for healthy eating?