I remember when I first began my journey to healthy eating and living and how exciting it was, but also overwhelming! Regardless of how passionate you are about health, there can still be times when temptation takes over, or our goals and values take the back seat. Even as a nutritionist, I can completely relate.
Over the years – through trial and error – I’ve learned what works best to help me stick to my health goals. And although I do not think we can be perfect 100% of the time, I do think we can do our best as much as possible, as often as possible!
3 Must-Know Tips to Stick to Healthy Eating
1. Stock Up
Being stocked up on a variety of healthy, wholesome foods as often as possible sets us up for maintaining a healthy lifestyle – plain and simple! It’s also important to note here: don’t buy crap!
If you keep good food in your fridge, you’ll eat good food. -Errick McAdams
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning or coming home in the evening to an empty fridge or pantry, feeling tremendously uninspired, hungry, frustrated, and more tempted than ever to throw “healthy eating” out the window, if only for just a day.
As much as possible, be stocked up on healthy, whole food ingredients that leave you inspired and excited to eat.
plenty of fresh vegetables
leafy greens for salads or green smoothies
fresh or frozen fruit for snacking or blending into smoothies
nuts and seeds
good quality oils for salads or cooking
Don’t forget to write a grocery list when going to the store to make shopping easier.
There are countless ways to use all of these types of foods in many different ways. And if you’ve experienced throwing out all kinds of healthy food that went bad because you didn’t end up using it (we’ve all been there), see my next point:
2. Know Your Recipes
Knowing your go-to healthy recipes makes healthy eating 10x easier. Although it can be great to have cookbooks or recipe cards printed out, I highly recommend memorizing your favourite easy recipes. This way, trips to the grocery store require little to no thought, and preparing your meals becomes easier than ever.
As you guys know, I like to keep things simple. That means I’m not a fan of complicated recipes. Some of my favourite easy go-to meals are roasted vegetables (yep, pretty basic!) with roasted or grilled meats such as chicken or fish, or a soup or stir-fry. These are great because they require little effort: throw ingredients into pot or pan and cook!
Knowing your recipes applies to snacks as they’re very important during the day for times when you need them! Some of my favourite snacks include:
medjool date stuffed with a nut
banana or apple with nut or seed butter
a piece of fruit on its own
veggies like carrots or celery with my favourite dip (bean-free hummus, pesto, olive tapenade)
homemade trail mixes
3. Meal Prep/Batch Cook
Meal prepping and batch cooking is perhaps one of the best things you can do to save time, reduce overwhelm, and avoid any hassles that may come with cooking constantly. Although I adore cooking and getting creative in the kitchen, I also know that there are times when it would be nice if things were already done for us.
3 Tips for Batch Cooking & Meal Prepping:
Set aside an hour or more on a Sunday or another day of the week to chop up all your veggies, prep together salads and snacks into containers, a few smoothies into mason jars, or anything else you think you’d like to have.
When cooking a meal, cook extra (veggies, meat, etc.) and store in the fridge or freezer for easy and healthy fast food!
Have storage containers on hand in a variety of sizes so that you can easily package up extras/leftovers.
I want to hear YOUR thoughts…
What is one thing that helps you stick to healthy eating?
Do you ever use any of these tips I mentioned?
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