Eating healthy is a great way to look after our bodies and make sure we're getting all the nutrients we need to function properly! So if you're someone who tends to crave carbs and sugar, keep reading for a bit of healthy food inspiration!
1 Keep a Food Journal or Diary
This will help you to keep track of what you eat each day, an estimate of how much and when you ate it. It's important to write down these (for example, an apple) because then you can train your body to eat a similar food the following day (another apple or a similarly healthy piece of fruit), and the one after that, and soon you're body will get into a routine of eating the same healthy foods. Sometimes we can eat lots of little snacks in one day and then find it hard to recall exactly what they all were! This is exactly why you should keep a food diary or journal, so that you have a physical hard copy in case your memory is playing up.
2 Take Your Time
Eating healthy starts from the first day that you try it, and although it has an instant positive effect on your body, it can take a while for you to get into the habit of eating healthy on a regular basis (and not just a one-off). Remember that as much as you want it to happen quickly, realistically it's quite a process to train your body to make better decisions for your overall health, so give your body plenty of time to get out of the old food pattern and cycle. It's important to patient with yourself, remember that slow and steady always wins the race! Get into the habit of eating healthy at your own pace, but make sure you see it as a high priority and a goal you would really like to achieve.
3 Consider Alternatives
Consider alternative foods to the ones you usually eat. For example, if you often eat strawberries and cream together (who doesn't love that combination, right?), you should try having just the strawberries...and minus the cream. This means you don't have to give up all the things you love to eat, instead, it's about finding an alternative way to eat it so that you can improve your health in small but significant ways. It also makes your favourite foods that much healthier. Perhaps it doesn't seem like much of a difference or change, but finding an alternative way to eat your food is helping your body out in a huge way and it will definitely be thanking you if you make this into a habit!
4 Try New Foods
Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Trying new foods is a great way to get into the habit of eating healthy, it means you get to discover new and exciting foods and allows you to be creative in the process! You've probably read your cookbooks a million times and made everything from it, so start by buying yourself a new cookbook or even checking out new recipes online! This will prevent you from falling into old habits of making the same unhealthy meals which your body might be used to eating. Practice and improve your cooking skills at the same time by taking on the challenge to make yourself new meals!
5 Find Inspiration
Finding inspiration to eat healthy is another key way to get into the habit as it will give you motivation to keep up the good work! Look at the things around you and use this to draw inspiration for your healthy eating. Make your own recipe book full of healthy foods for you to eat during meals, do some research on the benefits to find out more about why it's so important and how you should start. You can even consider trying a healthy diet, but remember to stay in control and stop at any time as dieting can be dangerous when taken too far.
6 Stay in Control
Don't be tempted to stock up on your old favourites every time you make a trip to the supermarket! Sure, you can still treat yourself by buying a few of the things you love, but it's true that all habits die hard and they can definitely be hard to break when you're being tempted with your comfort food! Remember that it's important to stay in control of your diet, you're the only person responsible for your body so make good decisions for yourself that you can be proud of!
7 Remember the Goal
Eating healthy is a significant way of increasing your overall health. It teaches you to make smart decisions regarding food and to look after your body by double checking what you put into it. You know the saying, 'you are what you eat'? I think there's a lot of truth to that. Obviously, we can't become the food we eat in a literal sense but my interpretation of this is that if you want to be healthy, you have to eat healthy.
8 Give in a Little
It's always good to cut your sugar and junk food intake, but to completely restrict yourself will make you crave it more. It's okay to give in once in awhile to your cravings. It helps you stay on track and stay motivated. After awhile, you may not even want the junk food anymore.
9 Eat All Day
No, I don't mean sit on the couch stuffing your face all day, but studies show those who ate 5-6 small meals a day ate less and craved less junk because they maintained blood sugar levels with regular intake which kept from binge eating or reaching for junk to satisfy hunger.
10 Get Support
It's always great to have a support system. You'll be more likely to stick to your goals if you have people behind you that motivate you to stay on track. Plus, your healthy lifestyle might rub off on them leading them to be healthier.
It's really as simple as that.