The easier something is to integrate into your everyday routine, the easier it is to stick with it. Exercise is one thing: you either do it or you don’t, and regardless of what you do, it’s better than doing nothing. Eating is different: a few hundred calories here and there can make a difference. Eating too much can stop your weight loss, but eating too little can stop your weight loss. There is an emotional attachment to food. Our society revolves around food for celebrating, entertainment, convenience, comfort- everything. Here are some ways to make healthy eating easier:
- Plan your meals ahead of time. You know what you have to eat, and there’s no arguing. Take some time the night before, or on Sunday night to plan out your meals so there are no questions of what to eat.
- Bring non-perishable, healthy snacks (like unsalted nuts, fruit leather or granola bars) with you everywhere, in case you get stuck and need something to eat. BUT…
- If you have impulse control/over eating issues, ONLY pack foods that fit into your meal plan today so you aren’t tempted to eat anything extra.
- If you have the money, buy pre-prepped foods like fruits and veggies that are peeled, cut, chopped and ready to go to cut down on meal prep.
- If you are trying to save some money, prep your produce when you get home from the grocery store. Peel and cut your veggies, and portion them into little baggies. Wash what needs washed and put it away so all you have to do at meal time is grab and go.
- Make big portions of easy to freeze foods like soups or stews so instead of hitting the drive thru when you are in a rush, you can microwave and enjoy a healthy meal in minutes.
What are your favorite strategies to make healthy eating easier?
Kelly Turner is a Seattle area ACE Certified Personal Trainer, health and fitness writer and editor of the fitness website, PhysiqueSpeak.com. To contact Kelly with any questions, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.