The gears of the year’s latter half have been up and running. Perhaps, you are thinking about your own journey towards healthy eating, which you promised to take when 2017 began. If you have given up on the majority of your resolutions, it is not too late to get back on track.
This time around, make sure that you will only be after realistic habits. Consider the sustainability of the actions you are planning. For instance, you cannot choose a three-day juice cleanse and not cheat halfway. Maybe stick with solids this September. Or, say, you are limiting your sugar and cholesterol intake, but you still binge on chocolate when you are PMS-ing.
The good news is there is a workaround to eating stuff you do not enjoy. And that is, well, eating stuff you actually enjoy without ever cheating. Stay with me here, and let us explore the steps towards accomplishing just that:
When in doubt, pick fresh over processed. I mean, what’s up with those veggie sticks? They are packed and labeled as healthy. But are they ever going to replace the nutrients that real carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks provide? Do they even count as worthy alternatives? I get their appeal, especially for busybodies and parents who want to introduce a plant-based diet to their kids.
But check the ingredients, and you will find your answer fast. Will you consider your typical crunchy snack containing a sprinkle of vegetable powder healthy? Stick with the real stuff when filling lunchboxes. This snack or side dish only requires lightweight preparation anyway: washing, peeling, and cutting. And then maybe, jazz up it up with cream cheese, hummus, or your children’s favorite dip.
Wrap and roll to fit your taste. Consider your cravings when you are peak hormonal. Then observe your more utilitarian food choices — the ones that bring you pleasure sans the guilt. Contrary to popular beliefs, you can eat your feelings. Depending on your palate, you can go for a hearty burrito or a gyro stuffed with vegetables during the first two weeks after your period. Try a Mexican quinoa wrap or a roasted chickpea gyro when. Get a filling California chicken club wrap on days you want to feel loaded.
Oh, and they are all portable. So, instead of buying plastic containers, place your homemade wraps in restaurant to-go boxes. Made of paper, they keep your lunch fresh for a longer time. Plus, who would think you prepared your meal at home instead of swinging by your favourite takeaway place?
Store quick bites at home or in the office. Always try to be conscious of snack foods. Convenience stores pretty much abound in food products that let you take a break and promise to energise you. However, just because a third of a Mars bar contains the same 100 calories as two apples does not mean you will just go for the Mars bar. But since you know you will be tempted anyway, it will be a better decision to bring two apples in the office to dissuade yourself from making the trip to One Stop.
Find prepared healthy meals for cheap. While £6 is not entirely cheap for a single meal price, it is not ridiculous to ask in exchange for a well-prepared healthy option. Indeed, healthy food delivery services have popped up in London and nationwide. They make fast and prepared meals for those who have no time to cook, such as parents and office workers. Some offer their goods in packages and require an order minimum. That will bring the cost upwards of £20.
Still, it is a viable alternative for those who cannot buy and put together all the ingredients in the kitchen during weekdays. Also, you do not get this high quality from fast food.
Listen to the ‘self’. It starts in the mind, but it doesn’t end there. Keep attuned to your needs, physically, mentally, and emotionally. You may look different from the skinny models on Instagram or the ripped gym rats on Facebook. Others can be purist about what they eat for snacks, while you are a foodie. You don’t have to blindly follow the diet or lifestyle they’re promoting.
Observe how your body performs. Check your basal metabolic rate, caloric needs, and heart rate, among others. These may have changed from the last time you monitored them. Then adjust your eating habits accordingly. Remember that each person has a definition of healthy eating based on many factors that are unique to them. Further, there is no quick route to defining yours. Becoming a better, healthier you is a lifelong investment.