So you want to eat healthy, but you want it to be EASY too?! It might seem impossible, but we’ve got 10 tips for healthy eating habits that will have you in the swing of things in no time!
I get that healthy eating can feel little overwhelming when you first get started. Believe me, I’ve so been there. You wouldn’t even believe how much I used to think about what to eat when I first started trying to eat healthy. Long story, but I stressed about food so much, it was anything but healthy in the long-run!
Following a structured program is a great way to take all the guesswork out of it – no more having to think about what to eat, when to eat it or wondering if you’re doing the right thing! It’s one of my favourite things about the DCN program. You can get back on track with healthy daily habits in just a few weeks.
In fact, I do the DCN program myself a few times a year just because I know it keeps me right on track with my health and nutrition habits. It’s like a guaranteed 24 day fix!
In between doing the program, I like to use these 10 tips for healthy eating habits to keep me and our clients on track!
10 tips for healthy eating habits
- Be prepared. This is number one because it really is the most important. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Know what you’re going to eat, when you’re going to eat it and preferably have it already ready to eat! It’s much easier to resist grabbing that muffin in your 3pm meeting when you already have a healthy snack waiting back at your desk.
- Make a shopping list (and stick to it!). Plan what meals you are going to prep and cook for the week. Work out portion sizes for ingredients, so you can add up how much you need of it and buy that for the week. Pop some meals in the freezer for later in the week or those busy days. Even if you cook it fresh each day, having the ingredients on hand saves you multiple grocery store trips.
- Shop the outer aisles. On your shopping list you should have mostly fresh, whole food. If you are easily tempted, then just don’t buy the processed, sugary products; if they are not in your pantry then you can’t eat them! Even better, get to your local markets if you can!
- Make one meal go a long way. Cook simple meals and just change the flavour element e.g. cook a few days of grilled organic chicken or tofu, plus a variety of veggies. Then just change up the veggies each day and add a homemade sauce or spice for taste bud variety. Prep and cook the same meals to take with you during the day. Then, cook one or two different meals at home daily (like breakfast or dinner) so you don’t get bored.
- Get creative with herbs, spices, homemade sauces and ingredients. Just because you’re eating clean, does not mean you have to eat boring, bland food! You can do a lot with spices and herbs, so start building up a collection of them. Make your own sauces at home to save yourself the artificial ingredients and sugar from store bought ones. Check out this list on iHerb for a starter kit!
- Cook in bulk. Soups, slow cooked casseroles, hamburger patties and stir fry dishes are all great meals that you can freeze. Become a Tupperware guru and own lots of containers, glass preferably or BPA free plastic (never reheat in plastic though). You can safely store cooked chicken and meats in the fridge longer than raw, so cook these ahead of time too.
- Multitask in the kitchen. MASSIVE time saver! Roast veggies in the oven whilst you grill chicken in a pan, boil eggs and steam some veggies on the stovetop. Pop something in your slow cooker in the morning so it’s ready for dinner that night. The more you prep, the more efficient you’ll become at it!
- Find out what works best for you. Cooking meals the night before or prepping and cooking all your meals on one day on the weekend. Maybe freezing your meals works best. Figure out how you can best make time and then make it a habit.
- Have fun with it but keep it simple. Don’t try for gourmet Masterchef meals mid week! Save those more exotic dishes for when you have some time to enjoy the cooking process.
- Don’t worry about being ‘perfect’! Have some easy to grab options like hard-boiled eggs, small containers of raw nuts, a piece of fruit, cut up veggies in the fridge and frozen meals. Have frozen vegetables for fast meals. And always have a Complete shake in your bag or desk draw for a quick protein hit.