So you want to start eating a healthier diet? It’s a great idea, because changing your eating habits and eating healthier will have a number of benefits in your life. Not only will you lose weight, but you will have more energy, feel more focused, have better skin and hair and sleep better.
Healthy eating is not about starving yourself by sticking to a very restrictive diet. You need to keep your body nourished and give it the calories that it needs to perform its daily tasks. This can be done by filling up on nutritious foods rather than foods that supply you with too much sugar, fat, carbohydrates, chemicals and empty calories.
However, one of the hardest parts of eating healthy is getting started. Our eating patterns are often based on habit. Usually, you will buy the same types of food when you are at the supermarket and you will crave the meals that you are used to. To completely change your eating habits is not as easy as you might think, it involves a little bit of effort to switch up routine and kick things into gear.
Fortunately, the good news is that once you have formed your new healthy eating habits and stick with them for a decent amount of time – they will become your new normal. Instead of craving unhealthy snacks, you will be used to eating healthy and delicious whole foods that provide you with nourishment. You will know what meals to cook and what to buy when you are shopping – eating healthy will become second nature.
So how can you get started on eating a healthy diet? Here are some tips:
Stock Your Cupboards
One of the main reasons that people fail when they start eating healthy is because they come home late from work on a Thursday night and realise that they just don’t have anything healthy in the fridge to eat. They are tired and hungry and they end up microwaving a pizza or ordering takeaway so that they can just eat. Don’t let this happen to you.
Yes, fresh healthy whole foods do take a little bit more time to prepare – so think ahead for your weekday meals. You could make a large batch of pumpkin soup or spinach casserole over the weekend and freeze it in single size portions, so that it can be reheated throughout the week. Also, make sure that your fridge is always stocked with healthy snacks such as carrot sticks, cucumber, nuts or raisins so that you won’t reach for the potato chips when you get the munchies.
Learn One Simple Recipe Per Week
Switching to a healthy diet can be intimidating when you don’t know how to cook. It’s so much easier to rely on microwave meals or ordering in if you don’t really know what you are doing in the kitchen. However, imagine the benefits of being able to prepare a few simple and tasty healthy recipes!
Challenge yourself to learn one new healthy recipe per week, until you feel like you have a good repertoire to work with. Learning to cook your own food will also help you to know what you are eating, as well as appreciate your food more.
Do a 3 Day Juice Fast to Reset Your Cravings
One of the ways that you can improve your health is to perform a 3 day juice fast. This will require you to consume nothing but organic cold pressed juice for three days. The juice fast serves to give your digestive system a break and detoxify your body. It also has a very powerful effect on reducing your cravings for unhealthy food.
By cleansing, you will be effectively “resetting” your body and (after some original withdrawal) your cravings for sugar, caffeine, fat, starch, etc will be eliminated. Instead, you will have retrained your body to crave healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. This will enable you to “start from scratch” when you begin your healthy diet.
Getting started on a healthy diet can be challenging. There will be many obstacles in your way, such as tiredness, empty cupboards, food cravings and the urge to fill your belly with something tasty yet unhealthy. However, with the right preparation you should be able to improve your habits and adjust to your new healthier lifestyle.
Lena Lewis is a passionate health enthusiast and a freelance writer. She loves juice cleanses, organic produce and homemade soups.
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