Following a healthy diet is not about nibbling on leaves all day or depriving yourself. A healthy diet is not about starving yourself for swimsuit season, but rather about eating a diet rich in healthy, fresh, whole foods. You should feel full and satisfied, but full of energy and ready to take on life’s challenges. The toned, fit body will come naturally. It’s much better to feel strong and proud of your body than hungry and unhappy. A healthy diet will reflect in not just the way you look, but how you feel too. When you feel good you look good. Once you see how good you can feel from eating right, it will be easy to avoid unhealthy, processed foods.
Many people believe that eating healthy is very difficult and hard to stick to, but it’s much easier than you think!
We have put together 3 of our top tips to make the transition seamless and maintaining a healthy diet a breeze!
Clean out Your Pantry
This is the first and biggest step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If your pantry is full of naughty, processed snacks, it can be tempting to reach for them when you may have a sugar craving. If it’s not in your house it’s much easier to avoid, don’t forget this. If you live with a roommate or have a family, get them involved and maybe try some healthy recipes together! Replace sugar treats with healthier alternatives, such as organic snacks sweetened with coconut sugar or stevia. There are endless healthy options nowadays as more people are becoming aware of the dangers of chemicals in processed foods.
Plan your Menu and Meal Prep
Prepare your grocery list before hitting the store. If you plan meals ahead of time, it will prevent you from trying to figure out what to make when at the store and then probably ending up with quick boxed meals to save you the hassle. They may seem easy, but they provide you with little to no nutrition.
Meal prepping is a great tip to make your week easy and prevent you from stopping at the drive thru! Spend time on a Sunday cooking, chopping and dividing your meals between tupperware containers for each day of the week. You could also make a big batch of stew, soup or curry and freeze it so that you always have a quick meal to heat up from the freezer on nights you don’t feel like cooking.
Too often we forget the importance of water for a healthy body. Water flushes out toxins and keeps our digestive systems running smoothly. Often when we think we are hungry, we are often just thirsty! Try drinking a glass of water and see if your hunger goes away. Aim for at least 8 glasses a day alongside 5 or 6 small, healthy meals to keep you full and feeling great!
We hope these tips help you in your quest to be a healthier version of yourself! Remember the best tip of all is to always make your own meals from fresh, natural ingredients to ensure you always know exactly what you are putting in your precious body. Treat it right and it will reward you.
Author: Tamryn Burgess