One very common resolution people make at the start of the year is to change their diet habits and start eating clean. I have it as one of my goals this year not just because of all the health benefits but also because of the boost of energy I have everyday when I eat healthy.
If your looking to get rid of the few pounds packed during the holiday season, trying to get a summer body ready or working on improving your lifestyle, I strongly encourage you to make eating clean one of your goals.
In this post I'm going to share a few tips with you to help you transit to healthier eating habits.
Don't try to suppress all junk food overnight and eat salad only. Instead, start introducing more healthy options to your meals and progressively improve your eating habits. Slowly add more veggies to your plate, substitute fried food for oven baked or boiled, snack more on fruits.. This works better long term and you're less likely to cheat and get discouraged and all back into your old habits.
Make a shopping list before going to the store/market and stick to it. Don't buy anything you're trying to avoid. If you buy and keep cookies around your house, you're very likely to end up stuffing yourself with them.
Prepare your meals before hand. Cook enough for the day or the whole week if you can. Store in small containers and heat the food when you're ready to have it. Having meals ready ahead saves you from improvising and getting an unhealthy quick fix when you're hungry. This would also help you budget and save some money.
Ditch the soda, energy drinks and other unhealthy beverage. Start drinking more water. Ideally you should have about 2 liters of water a day. Have a tall glass in the morning, in between and during meals and another one before bed. If you're craving something sweet, try natural fruit juices or fruit infused water (fun and yummy).
Stay on top of temptation
The more you try to resist temptation the more you'd think about what is tempting you. So instead of denying yourself completely of your guilty pleasures learn to consume them in moderation. You can have a scoop of ice cream or a small portion of chocolate once in a while. Don't cheat and ruin all your progress by stuffing yourself every time you're having a treat. Remember, you trying to build healthier habits.
Change take time so don't be too harsh on yourself. Take it one step/change at the time. If you find yourself cheating, don't get discouraged and fall back into your old habits. Pick it up from there and keep going. Remember, the beginning is always the hardest but this is nothing you can't do.
Other healthy eating posts I have coming up:
-Meal planning tips
-What should be on your plate
-Healthy snack ideas
I tried to keep this post light but informative enough.
Let me know if there is anything you would like me to talk about.
What are your resolutions for the year? Feel free to share them in the comment section.
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