Planning to eat healthy is a little easier than actually doing it. That’s part of why so many diets fail. We get into habits of eating certain types of food, and those habits are hard to break. To make matters more difficult, many of us associate healthy meals with bland taste. Fortunately, there are ways to start eating well and still enjoy what you eat. Here are three methods that prove to work pretty well for most people.
a) Eat at home
Eating at home is a great way to eat healthier foods. When you cook for yourself, you get to decide what goes in your meals. This means you can substitute fattening oils for olive oil and use salt sparingly, among other things. Additionally, you can increase the amount of vegetables and whole grains in the dishes you cook. If you don’t pride yourself on your cooking skills, you can easily find tons of recipes online that will help you cook delicious and nutritious entrées for yourself with minimal effort. Cook things you’ve never had before, and you may just discover a plethora of healthy foods you enjoy eating. Also try to include as many colorful vegetables in your meals as possible. Vegetables that are bright in color are better for you.
b) Get portion sizes right.
Eating too much is very common, and it isn’t healthy. The problem is often that our plates are just too big, so we end up eating too much unknowingly. To combat this problem, you can take a trip to Target or Ikea and invest in some reasonably sized plates. Plates at restaurants are usually way too large, so watch out! When you dine at restaurants, it is generally a good idea to eat only half of your plate and get a to-go container for the other half. The next day, you can take it with you to work and eat it for lunch. Once you are eating the ideal portions for you, it could benefit you to think about how you are eating. Assess whether you are eating quickly or at a more leisurely pace. If you are a fast eater, try to slow down. People eat a lot more when they chew for short periods of time.
c) Vary what you eat.
Don’t just stick to one food group. You should try to eat an array of food products. Try to add some nutritious variety to a basic dish like steak and fries. You can experiment with the ingredients and portions and end up with a meal that is just as delicious but considerably more healthy for you. In the case of steak in fries, you could try serving yourself just half of the steak, rather than the whole steak. Fries are tasty, but they aren’t great for you. Try healthier substitutions like whole grain pasta and okra. Use the same seasoning on your okra as you would use on your fries, and you won’t miss the fries at all!
So, get those pots and pans out, invest in a few small plates, and keep your diet varied. Don’t forget to enjoy your new, easy eating habits for a healthier lifestyle!
Guest Blogger: James K