So you’ve committed to eating a healthy diet. For a lot of people, committing is the easy part and actually eating healthily is the roadblock that comes out of nowhere. Some people may look at a plate full of sautéed vegetables with seasoned quinoa and be appalled, while others continually reap the health benefits of these foods.
When you’re on your own and don’t have your mom constantly telling you to, “Eat your veggies or you can’t have ice cream,” it can be hard to eat healthy. If you feel like having nachos for breakfast, nobody is there to tell you that you can’t. Well, we are here to tell you that it’s not the best idea to eat like that. You want to start each day with something nutritious like a smoothie!
Every now and again, you are probably going to treat yourself to some food that, well…you probably shouldn’t eat. Don’t beat yourself up about. Simply move on and try to make healthy food decisions. It’s also beneficial to note how these “cheat” meals make you feel. If you have been eating a clean, plant-based diet and you decide to eat an ice cream sundae out of the blue, see how your body reacts. You are not going to want to eat things if you realize they are making you feel bad.
Why would you want to eat a bunch of unhealthy food if you are sweating bullets in the gym to stay in shape? That ends now with these tips for eating healthily.
Tip #1: It Starts With Groceries
Listen when we say, “Stay away from the center aisles of grocery stores.” Buying food in those aisles is like buying a ticket to your deathbed. Focus on the outer sections where the fresh fruits and vegetables are, but don’t be afraid to venture into the section where you can get quinoa, steel cut oats, or spices.
Tip #2: Drink Water
Drink water…lots of water. It is the miracle drink. Oh, sorry, did you think there was more? Truth be told, being sufficiently hydrated can help you flush toxins from your body and aid healthy digestion. Plus, drinking a lot of water can help keep your cravings at bay.
Tip #3: Try The 80/20 Rule
This basically means that 80% of being healthy is diet and 20% is exercise. Or…you could make a little edit to that rule. Exercise should still be something you focus on, but you should also enjoy a few “cravings,” so to speak. Browse through our dessert section to see how many healthy dessert options there are. You’ll be surprised at how delicious they can be!