I know this year you probably have health and fitness goals you would like to achieve and I bet one of them is how to start eating healthy. Eating healthy is not easy, your reason to start eating healthy could be many reasons. Maybe you are starting a fitness journey, doctors order, or maybe you just want to eat healthy because it is the right thing to do. Nevertheless, it is a good start.
Food is life! It’s the foundation of what fuels our entire body. The choices we make determine our life span, how our body reacts, and among other things. so, in order to live a good and full life you need to fuel your body with the right foods in moderation.
Eating healthy should be fun and not boring. You can still eat healthily and indulge in a burger, pizza, or a bowl of pasta from time to time. I have made some life changes over the years and it wasn’t easy but it wasn’t overnight. It was gradual. I wanna teach you how you can start eating healthy without worrying about depriving yourself.
Mindset is the start, If you are not motivated and willing to sacrifice and give up your “bad habits” you probably will fail. I also believe that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle we should balance our eating habits with some form of physical activity. I get it maybe you are “allergic to exercise” but that’s not an excuse, you don’t need to lift weights or run a treadmill to be active. You can start by walking, doing yoga, dancing or sports activities.
I also want you to understand that eating healthy doesn’t mean just eating fruits and salads! Salads can be unhealthy. Understanding good foods and bad foods is very critical in choosing the right foods. Eating fruits and vegetables won’t save you from health complications.
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How to start eating healthy
Here are some easy-to-follow tips to help you to start eating healthy for good.
I believe that we can enjoy whatever we want in this life, as long as there is balance. Don’t overindulge. My granny also says “too much of one thing is not good”. Having eggs more than 5 times per week is not ideal, but to each to his own. Moderation is where everything falls in. Same with salads, having just salads every day won’t help you stay healthy. Salads cannot provide all the proper nutrients you need, hence, we have to balance our diet every day with proteins, legumes, fibers, etc
What is a balanced diet? A balanced diet gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly, and this varies based on age and sex.
Be versatile and try new foods
I understand you grew up eating certain kinds of foods and it’s what you’re used to But if you stick to the plain ole Jane you’re never gonna keep going, you’re gonna get bored and give up on your journey. There are so many different cuisines out there that are just waiting for you to try. I am a born and bred Jamaican! But I love Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican and Japanese I make them all! Pinterest, Google, Tik Tok among many other social media sites have tons of recipe ideas.
Instead of having that ranch on your salad, you can choose olive oil, balsamic or red wine vinegar. It’s not surprising how your dressing can change how healthy your salad is. Instead of frying, opt for bake, grill, boil or sauté. Be particular about oils, butter, dressing, etc.
Eat more Leaner meat and Fish
Leaner is cleaner and it’s better, well so they say I, on the other hand, prefer my meat with fat. Who wants to eat flavorless meat. hence, why I always preach moderation/balance. I am no nutritionist but I don’t believe not eating meat is a solution to eating healthy, reducing your red meat intake can certainly change your life in many ways so my suggestion is to choose lean beef and pork that are grass-fed if you can afford it.
Try to corporate different types of seafood into your diet especially fish. Salmon, Branzino, Snapper, Mahi Mahi, and cod are delish fishes that can be cooked in many different ways. Fish is leaner and is packed with protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Read up more on the health benefits of fish.
Avoid buying bad foods
Try not to purchase things you know won’t help your diet or what Is considered a guilty pleasure. Guilty pleasures are foods like chocolate, ice cream, fast food, etc. When it’s not in the house, chances are you won’t eat it. If you’re having cravings at home you are more likely to grab a fruit than crab your car keys to get ice cream at 11 pm. Save your agility pleasure for date nights.
First in First Out
Ok, so you got all hyped up and bought all those fresh fruits and vegetables. Then for the past few days, you’ve been eating out, I get it it happens to all of us. Will power is the only thing that can combat this. The next time you cook I would recommend cooking your fresh foods first the idea of it going to waste and you losing your money will prompt you to eat them.
Avoid Process food
Avoid frozen food as much as possible, frozen veggies and fruits is a go but those premade lasagna and pizzas in the supermarket freezers are a no. Since companies realize how people are shifting from eating crappy unhealthy food a lot of healthy meal plan food services are popping up. Not all are equal but you do have some really good ones out there to choose from. On another note, a good tip is to avoid buying any products with a ‘gazillion’ ingredients you can pronounce
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