Everyone would like to be on a perfectly nutritious and healthy diet at all times; however, life tends to get in the way and our good intentions fall by the wayside. Being healthy is unfortunately easier said than done.
In a recent article featured in the Huffington Post, Anne Ricci, Founder of AnnesHealthyKitchen.com, walks through 5 ways that you can gradually start eating healthier and ultimately make it a habit. Here are the first three:
1. Start with the drinks.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but sodas and processed fruit juices are loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup; it’s not good for you at all. In fact, numerous studies have revealed that they promote weight gain. Additionally, your beloved lattes and flavored macchiatos are also pumped full of sugar and tend to be high in calories.
The article doesn’t suggest quitting cold turkey but offers a method to gradually wean yourself off those high calorie drinks and successfully transition to drinking more water. “You can buy natural fruit juice (with no added sugars) and gradually add water to it. You may start with half of each, and work your way up by adding more water each day.” The article also suggest flavoring your water by adding fresh fruit slices or herbs.
2. Decide that you deserve to eat real food.
Making the conscious decision to put yourself first is half the battle. We are all busy and, therefore, often choose health over convenience. We tell ourselves that taking the time to cook a nutritious meal at the end of a busy day is not ultimately worth it because it comes at the expense of “being a good parent, getting more work done, or having social experiences.”
However, taking care of yourself should always take precedence. In fact, if you take care of yourself, it will help you take care of others better. “If you’ve failed at sticking to a healthy diet before, decide that you deserve something better, and that you’re worth it. Make it a real priority in your life.”
3. Eat a nutritious breakfast.
Breakfast isn’t referred to as ‘the most important meal of the day’ for nothing. While it can often seem nearly impossible to fit breakfast into your busy schedule, let alone a healthy one, it’s absolutely crucial. According to a study conducted among preschool children, eating breakfast on a general basis directly contributes to a healthy body weight.
While another study showed that about 31 million Americans skip breakfast every day, it doesn’t have to be so daunting or take up a lot of time. “Oatmeal, eggs, real yogurt with berries, a smoothie, or an avocado toast are simple breakfast options that all take less than ten minutes to prepare and will often prevent you from reaching out for an unhealthy snack bar at 10am”
To read the full article and learn about 2 additional ways to make healthy eating a simple habit, head over to the Huffington Post.