There is so much to consider when wanting to eat healthy. Where do you start? There are so many "diets," recommendations and meal plans. Its hard not to get overwhelmed by grams, macronutrients and calorie counts. I want you to walk away with two key points before we dive into some tips:
There is no one size fits all when it comes to healthy eating. You and your needs are unique and won't match what I eat.
We are not on a healthy eating diet. We are eating healthy to fuel our bodies in a way that feels good. We want this feeling to last right?
Okay, with that in mind, here are a few ideas you can start thinking about as it relates to a healthy eating habits:
Take a few moments to learn what foods are the healthiest for you and how they work within the body. To start eating healthily we must begin by thinking healthily. Ask yourself what does eating healthy mean to you? What do you want your eating habits to look like? Listen to your body too. How does your body react to certain foods? Knowledge of your body really is power!
Preparation is a major key in commencing a new healthy lifestyle. Are you able to plan out your meals and grocery shopping list ahead of time so you know exactly what kinds of foods you have access too? Can you pack snacks in your car, desk or bag so you don't go hungry if you are rushed? Can you research healthy meals or talk to friends about new recipes?
Start with baby steps. This is my favorite one. You do not need to overhaul everything today! In fact, don't! Consider making small changes here and there. You would be surprised at how they add up. Even if you only replace one soda a day with a glass of water, you are really improving your calorie intake. If you eat fast food every day for lunch, try replacing that half of the time with better quality foods. When you start by taking small steps you aren’t cutting out all of the foods you love all at once. By taking your time to learn about your eating habits and slowly replacing them, by taking the time to learn and understand why you are doing that and making the necessary changes in an orderly fashion, you will feel much better within yourself physically, mentally and emotionally and well on the road to becoming as healthy as you can be.
Until next time,