You want to stop cheating on your diet and start eating healthier. And everyone always makes it sound so easy to do.
But in real life, it’s far easier said than done.
During the week, things can get so hectic that it’s easy to slip back into your old habits. And trust me I get it. I struggle too.
When I’m hungry and in a rush I often feel tempted to grab that bag of chips from the break room. Or I start to seriously consider swinging through the drive through to grab a sandwich.
And after a long hard day at work, figuring out what to fix for dinner and then cooking it from scratch, makes delivery look like a reasonable option.
But I’m working on training myself to make the right choices. And I’ve developed a few tricks which have stopped me from cheating on my diet many times. In the end, I make the right choices more often than not now. As a result, I’m eating healthier. And you can too.
4 tips which make eating healthier a breeze
Following are four simple tips that can help making the right diet choices far easier than you ever imagined.
1. Weekend prep:
This one is by far my favorite trick. During the week between work, the gym and social obligations fitting in a homemade dinner can be challenging. But weekend prep helps keep me on the right track.
On the weekend, plan your menu for the rest of the week. Decide what you will be fixing for dinner every night. Then pick up any of the fresh ingredients you don’t have on hand.
Menu planning takes a lot of pressure off. But that’s just the start. Next chop up and prepare as many as the fresh ingredients as you can. For example if you’re having broccoli as a side dish on Tuesday and in a stir fry on Friday cut up enough for both meals.
Precutting fruits and veggies can cause them to lose a bit of nutrients if they’re chopped up too far in advance. So…
- Do your prep chopping on Sunday night.
- Stick to what you will need for Monday through Friday.
- Go for bigger chunks to reduce the surface area that’s exposed.
- And store everything in airtight containers.
Follow these steps and you’ll lose very few, if any, nutrients. And any that are lost are a worthwhile sacrifice for eating so much healthier overall.
2. Don’t shun shortcuts:
You know that pre-cut produce you always walk right by in the veggie aisle? Stop and take a second look.
Some purists may disagree. But the truth is you don’t always have the time or energy to peel and mince garlic or chop up broccoli and carrots, for example. In that case, the prepped produce can be a lifesaver.
And let’s be honest. Who among us hasn’t ended up with a veggie drawer full of rotting produce you just never got around to using? If purchasing pre-cut veggies prevents that from ever happening again, they’re worth the extra expense.
Plus it may inspire you to try some things you’ve tried before such as riced cauliflower and spiral cut veggies. Just make sure to pick organic when you can. And choose veggies which were prepped at your local grocery store if possible. Commercial packaged brands may have spent weeks in transit and will not be as fresh.
3. Stock up on frozen:
Sure, you should pass by the pizzas, TV dinners and packaged entrees in the frozen aisle. But not everything in the frozen section of your grocery store is bad news. In fact, frozen veggies, fruits and seafood all retain most of their valuable nutrients and are perfectly healthy.
So go ahead and stock up on fresh frozen fish fillets (non-breaded of course) which make great main courses during the week. And feel free to supplement your fresh vegetables with frozen. But remember, just like when picking out fresh veggies you’ll want to stick with organic. And don’t forget the frozen fruit slices which make a delicious snack or dessert when you’re goal is eating healthier.
4. Grab and go foods:
One of the biggest pitfalls when you’re eating healthier are snack and on-the- go foods. Chips, candy, donuts and other unhealthy options are so easy to grab that it’s tough to turn them down. But it’s instantly easy when you have healthier choices at your fingertips.
Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen counter and one at your work or volunteer job too. Stock up on fresh nuts and seeds such as almonds, pistachios and pepitas. Hard boiled eggs make a tasty, protein-packed snack that really satisfies. And berries are delicious alone or tossed into a cup of filling plain Greek yogurt. And don’t forget the dark chocolate.
When you have so many desirable and healthy snacks on hand, it’s easy to say no to the junk.
Try these four tips on for size and you’ll soon find it’s far easier to avoid cheating on your diet than you ever thought was possible. Begin effortlessly eating healthier starting today.