Have you stumbled in your New Year’s goal to become healthier? Well, just get back on that horse! Today’s guest article by Anita may just be the advice you need to start your program over again.
Developing a healthier lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s important to stay committed to the small steps that will get you there. When switching to a healthy lifestyle, it is important to make choices that can easily become habits you can stick to. The following six tips are a great place to start:
Fight Food Cravings
Learning to curb your food cravings are a step in the right direction. Self-control is important in all areas of life. The HCG diet can help you to understand your body, while helping to curb cravings, say the experts at Intermountain HCG. You can also try eating smaller meals more often, rather than eating three large meals each day.
Learn to Love Water
Water also helps fight hunger pains. If you can’t stand the taste of plain water, try adding fresh lemon and a little sea salt. It will taste better, while providing beneficial minerals your body needs.
Learn Why You Crave Certain Foods
Often cravings are an indication that you are lacking nutrition of some sort. Learn why you are craving the foods you crave and how you can provide your body with the nutrients it needs. A quick web search will give you the answers you need. For example: instead of reaching for the empty carbs or bad fats, eat almonds or whole grains.
Cook From Scratch
Cooking from scratch does not have to be time consuming or complicated. Take some time up front to choose several simple recipes, buy the ingredients, and plan to cook from scratch for one week. If needed, bulk cook on a day you have the extra time. Bulk cooking will free up the rest of the week. Ease into cooking from scratch and you will learn that it is enjoyable and healthier.
(Editor’s Note: when bulk cooking for the week, find meals that are still tasty when frozen and rewarmed.)
Start buying foods in their purest forms. Products with the smallest ingredient list are a great choice. Frozen fruits and vegetables are the best choice after fresh, since they maintain their nutrients more than canned. Buying in bulk, when appropriate, can help combat the cost of buying quality foods versus boxed and processed.
Planning ahead and being prepared can be the key to healthier eating habits. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand at home, pack snacks when you are going out of the house, and keep healthy sweet options in the cupboard for those sweet cravings.
Allow yourself to splurge a little on the healthy foods you know you love and will actually eat, so that you are not tempted to give up on better health. By starting with these simple steps, you can quickly develop healthy eating habits.
About the Author
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about health, family, home and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.
Do you have any tips to add to this list? My favourite is smoothies in the morning after my workout – they are nutritious, fast, with little clean up and they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but also the hardest to get in.