I’ve learned how to eat healthier. The time I have available for food prep is limited, and I’m guessing that yours is too. I had to figure out ways to eat healthier that fit with my schedule.
Maybe you want to eat healthier, but you don’t think that you can make it happen. Eating healthy can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.
Self-care includes paying attention to your nutrition. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time to eat better. Using a few tricks and tips can make eating healthier a habit.
15 Quick Tips To Eat Healthier
1 – Plan Meals For The Week
Meal planning itself may not be quick, but it will save time later. And it will make it easier to make healthier food choices. Sit down each weekend and plan your meals out for the following week. Include breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, so nothing is left to chance.
2 – Prepare Food In Advance
Eating healthier is easier, when you have premade food available. Sometimes, you don’t have the time or energy to chop veggies or boil eggs. It’s a good idea to take time on the weekends to meal prep, so you can make healthy decisions during your busy week.
After a long day, you’re exhausted and hungry. You want a quick and easy meal. Many times that means ordering pizza or eating a processed lunch – because you’re starving.
Prepare healthy options ahead of time. Keep frozen meals on hand. When you go out, pack healthy snacks in individual containers. Being prepared, makes it possible to eat healthier.
3 – Plan Daily Meals
If meal planning a week in advance is too much, take it a step at a time. Plan each meal, only one day in advance.
This can be as simple as taking 10 minutes at night to plan your meals for the following day. This way you don’t lose control. And during your busy day, you don’t have to think about what to eat.
4 – Choose Whole Foods
It’s healthier to eat fresh foods, instead of meals out of a box. When shopping, spend more time in the outer aisles of the grocery store. This is where your healthiest food and produce are located.
Sticking to those areas of the store will help you stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. You can add some to lunchtime sandwiches, put a side of broccoli on the plate next to a steak, or make healthy green smoothies for breakfast.
5 – Read Labels
Read the ingredients of food products you use. If there are ingredients you can’t pronounce, consider removing it from your diet. To eat healthier, switch to foods with fewer, more natural ingredients.
6 – Use Portion Control
Eating healthier can mean eating less food, rather than eating different foods. Portion control is a great way to ensure you aren’t overeating. But you’ll still get enough good food every day.
You can divide snacks into serving sizes, which helps avoid mindless eating. And using smaller plates can help you eat the right portions.
Portion sizes can easily get out of control. You can take control back by eating at home. If you decide to eat out, ask for a to-go box, right away. That’s an easy way to make sure you’re only eating half of a large meal. You can eat the rest for lunch, the next day.
If you’re at a restaurant and you order something that won’t reheat well, consider splitting with a friend. Or you can meet for lunch, when the portions are smaller and the prices are cheaper.
7 – Drink A Glass Of Water
Before you start eating each day, it’s good to hydrate. A glass of water with fresh lemon has health benefits. It’s a great purifier, so your liver will thank you. It can also aid in weight loss.
8 – Avoid Skipping Meals
Despite the temptation, skipping meals isn’t a way to eat healthier. Intermittent fasting is an exception, provided that you do it correctly.
Otherwise, you aren’t doing your body any favors by starving it of fuel. It’s sensible to eat 3 healthy meals and 1 or 2 snacks, daily. That will help to keep your metabolism at an optimum level.
Skipping breakfast can be a problem. When you skip this meal, it’s more likely that the rest of your day you’ll be hungrier. And you’re more likely to make unhealthy food choices.
If mornings are too hectic to sit down at the table, make a quick meal. An egg sandwich on toast, or oatmeal with berries and yogurt, will boost your energy. Eating will help you avoid quick sugar fixes.
9 – Pack Your Own Lunch
Healthier eating is difficult, without a nutritious lunch. If you have one prepared, it’s an easy choice. Co-workers won’t hesitate to invite you out for a quick bite, and there go your calories, for the rest of the day. Eliminate the urge to eat unhealthy by packing a good lunch.
10 – Eat A Snack
Dinner is generally the largest meal of the day. It’s the one where you might overeat. Consider having a plate of raw veggies or a small salad before you sit down at the dinner table. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to realize you’ve eaten. A healthy appetizer will reduce your hunger, so you can eat a healthy dinner.
11 – Drink When You’re Hungry
Our brains can sometimes mistake hunger for thirst. When you are feeling like you want to snack, try drinking water instead. You may find that your craving goes away, and you don’t consume unnecessary calories.
12 – Relax While Eating
Eating quickly can cause you to consume too much food, at one time. Instead of devouring your meal, take your time. Enjoy each bite and pause to savor the tastes. Sip your drink throughout the meal to lengthen the process. Relaxing and taking your time is healthier eating. You’ll realize you’re full before eating more than you wanted to.
13 – Keep Healthy Snacks On Hand
Having a well-stocked supply of delicious, healthy snacks keeps away the urge to snack on junk. Put a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter to grab when hunger strikes. Keep a baggie of nuts in your purse or car for on-the-go snacking.
14 – Eliminate Junk Food
It seems obvious that if you don’t have it in the house, you won’t eat it. It doesn’t work to hide it in the back of the pantry, because you’ll know it’s there. Getting rid of unhealthy foods means that you won’t be raiding the fridge or cabinets for treats that aren’t good for you.
Prepare yourself for late night snacking. If you know it’s going to happen, swap crutch foods (like chips) for healthier alternatives that still pack a crunch (like cherry tomatoes and celery sticks.) Find alternatives for treats you like that don’t have added sugar or chemicals.
15 – Find Healthy Alternatives
Maybe you love ice cream, and don’t want to give it up. Substitute your favorites for a lower calorie, healthier version. Or switch to frozen yogurt. Finding healthy substitutes is a great way to eat healthier.
Eating healthier doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It’s more about being mindful of what you consume. Making a conscious effort to eat healthier has rewards. You’ll soon form new habits in your life. And you’ll feel better, plus have more energy!