It’s tough to avoid all the advertisements, commercials, and clever tricks food manufacturers use to get you to consume their products. You may have a hard time saying “No” when you walk down the supermarket aisles, or you may struggle with eating out. Thankfully, we’ve got a few easy tricks that will help to improve your healthy eating habits in a simple, practical way. Try them daily to take back control of the way you eat:
Make It Nutritious and Delicious
There are few things worse for a healthy diet than a bland, unappetizing meal. You know all your favorite foods are packed with delicious flavors, no matter how unhealthy they are. Why would you make your healthy meals any less delicious? Try to make your meals as appealing to your taste buds as possible, using herbs, spices, chili pepper, healthy sauces and condiments, low-calorie dressings, and other healthy additions. A boring, bland meal is one you’re very unlikely to want to eat again, meaning it will be much harder to stick to your daily diet plans.
Have it Handy
The one reason most people struggle with eating veggies and fruits is that they require more work than simply opening the wrapper on a candy bar, granola bar, or a bag of chips. You have to peel, core, cut, slice, and dice fruits and veggies, and that extra effort makes the already tough task of eating healthy much more difficult. The key is to always have fruits and veggies at hand. Buy yourself ready-to-eat foods like cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and pre-sliced fruits and veggies. Or, spend a few minutes every day preparing veggie sticks and fruit slices that you can snack on all day long. Having them handy will make it much easier for you to eat them—instead of unhealthy options!
Clear Out the Junk
The first step to getting your diet on track is to get rid of all the junk food from your closet, but the secret to continued success is to KEEP AWAY all the junk. Don’t buy snacks, chips, cookies, bars, and candies, no matter how much you crave them. Make sure that the only foods in your home are natural, as well as raw ingredients. The harder it is to get your hands on junk food at home, the less likely you are to end up eating it.
Make it a Habit
Force yourself to make the healthy choices every day, and keep on making those choices every day. Fill your fridge with fruits, vegetables, and other raw ingredients, and have them handy any time you want to snack or need to eat a meal. Over time, your taste buds will acclimate to the new way of eating, and you’ll get used to the taste of healthy foods. Eating healthy at home will help to improve your healthy eating habits when you’re out and about!
The worst thing you can do is shop on an empty stomach. When you shop hungry, you end up buying food you don’t need—even worse, food that is terrible for your health, but which your stomach tells you that you want. Always shop after having a meal, and make sure that it’s a healthy meal with plenty of fruits and veggies. Make yourself a shopping list before you leave the house, and ONLY buy what’s on the list. Disciplining yourself in this way will make it much easier for you to stick to your healthy eating convictions when you are shopping for your groceries.