Easy Ways to Get Your Healthy Eating Resolution Back on Track
By the time you’ve put a few months between you and New Year’s, the temptation to let that big healthy eating resolution slide becomes hard to resist. It’s easy to fall off track, and sometimes people use any slip up - no matter how small - as an excuse to give up entirely. Don’t let this be you. Instead, take some simple steps to get yourself back on that healthy path.
Install a green veggie rule
To eat healthy, you know you need to add healthy food to your diet and reduce the intake of unhealthy food. This is pretty general, however. If you’re struggling to overhaul your meals, you need to start somewhere. A good place to start is with the green veggie rule.
It’s simple. All you need to do is make sure you eat at least one green vegetable with every meal. Don’t worry about everything else for now, just focus on that one simple goal. Put spinach in your breakfast omelet. Eat a salad for lunch. Add a serving of roasted broccoli to your dinner plate. It won’t solve all of your problems, but it will put you back on the right track.
Go 100% water
This tip falls under the simple but not always easy sort. All you have to do is limit your liquid consumption to water and water only. It’s tough to give up sodas, sweet tea, and beer - but to kickstart your weight loss and healthy eating you need to start from a base of no excess sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. You can slowly add in beverages like unsweetened tea and coffee (and yes, the occasional glass of wine), but if you’re off the path you need something drastic to get yourself back on.
Turn grocery day into prep day
A lot of our inability to eat healthy comes from thinking we’re too busy, and settling for quick, unhealthy options. If you build meal prep into your weekly routine, you’ll be much more likely to cook for yourself and your family every day.
“To cut down drastically on food prep throughout the week, do it all at once after returning home from the store. Unwrap, clean, and cut up meat to freeze or refrigerate in portions. Wash and prep all produce. Chop and freeze anything that may be used at a later date,” says Greatist.
Use smaller plates
This one is a bit of a mind trick - but it works! Switch to smaller plates. It’s that simple. Portion control is one of the best ways to eat better, and it’s hard to portion control when you use giant plates. Mentally, you want to fill out the empty space. Start eating off smaller plates and you’ll make your brain think that you’re done eating once you finish. You’re much less likely to go for seconds than you are to finish everything on your plate.
Add in some exercise
On it’s face, exercise is a no-brainer for healthy living. But it can also help with healthy eating. You are much less likely to gorge on unhealthy foods if you feel like you’ve done some form of physical activity. You won’t want to “ruin” your workout.
So, why is this important?
Healthy eating doesn’t just help you lose weight and battle/prevent conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and more - healthy eating is good for your brain. The good fats found in healthy foods like fish and leafy greens actually promote better brain function, and can lead to improved mood. Healthy eating can help you overcome a variety of mental obstacles, including addiction recovery and depression.
If you slip up on your healthy eating resolution, don’t throw it all away. Instead, take some simple, common sense steps to put yourself back on the right path.
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Will "Power" Coix
An undefeated welterweight Professional Boxer, a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sport Medicine. He looks to share his knowledge with every blog post! Subscribe to our blog today!
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