What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear or see the words healthy eating? Do you instantly think deprived, hungry, bland, unsustainable? Eating healthy doesn’t need to be an unpleasant change, in fact it can be quite the opposite.
The most difficult part is getting started so I’m going to give you a few tips to help you start strong!
Throw out the junk….all of it!
The biggest mistake people make when trying to clean up their diets is keeping junk foods in the house. You may think your willpower will be enough to keep you from eating those cupcakes, but then midnight rolls around and suddenly willpower is nowhere to be found.
If it’s not around you will be a lot less likely to eat it. It’s okay to keep a guilty pleasure or two, but keep it in moderation. Give yourself a fair chance by removing as much temptation as possible.
Stock up on the good stuff.
We wouldn’t want you to go hungry of course, so after you get rid of all the processed foods replace them with plenty of whole foods such as grains, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, legumes and nuts.
Opt for sodium free seasonings and fresh herbs for flavor and cut back on salt and sugar.
As you begin to add more whole foods into your diet, your cravings for sweets and other conventional foods will decrease.
If you do buy boxed or canned foods, select packages that contain 10 or less ingredients. Make sure these are ingredients that you can pronounce and recognize. Avoid items with artificial colors, flavors and unnecessary perservatives.
This is an amazing way to avoid making that fast food stop or snacking on something not so great for you. In times of hunger we get a little vulnerable and a bit desperate. Preparing meals ahead of time and keeping healthy snacks with you while out will help prevent you from making the McDonald’s pit stop.
I’m sure these things seem pretty straight forward, but they are imperative to building discipline and successfully transforming your current eating habits. Sometimes it the most simplistic things that have the most profound impact.