The foods you eat play a vital role in creating and supporting your healthy lifestyle—but staying on track is not always easy. If you are looking for a few ways to make sticking to your healthy eating habits a bit easier, turn to the tips below.
Bring Snacks With You
Even if all three of your meals are healthy and well-balanced, yours daily snacking can ruin your otherwise healthy dietary choices. To reduce the temptation of unhealthy snacking, bring snacks with you. Even if you aren’t typically hungry between meals, having a healthy snack with you will give you something to nosh on when a coworker offers you a sugary sweet doughnut that you are trying to avoid. To ensure that your snacks are filling, make sure they have a balance of both protein and fiber. Dried fruits and nuts travel well in the car or in your briefcase or bag. Yogurt, cheese slices, and fresh fruit are perfect to keep in the fridge at work.
Bring Beverages With You
Foods is not the only things that can wreck your diet, but also the beverages you drink. For this reason, make sure to bring beverages with you—and to travel with a refillable water bottle. This way you will be less likely to run into a convenience store or go to a vending machine where you will be faced with less healthy beverage alternatives. Not only that, bringing beverages with you is also less expensive. If water is not your cup of tea, search for other healthy hydrating beverages—or for ways to make your water taste better. This includes:
- Adding 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruits to a one gallery picture of water.
- Adding mint or your other favorite herbs to your water.
- Squeezing in your favorite citrus fruit to your water.
- Finding healthy herbal teas that you can drink both warm or chilled.
- Enjoy electrolyte filled sports beverages in moderation—this is because they have
- Enjoying coconut water.
- Finding healthy water additives.
Cook Ahead Of Time
Life is sure to keep you busy, which means you may turn to less healthy food options because they are simply faster and easier. For this reason, you must consider investing one or two days each week in preparing your food ahead of time. For example, every Sunday and Wednesday you could invest an hour or so in cooking your favorite grains in bulk—as well as washing and chopping fresh fruits and veggies so that they are ready to eat or cook. Also consider cooking freezer friendly foods in bulk so that they can quickly be defrosted and ready to go. Freezing is excellent way to enjoy your favorite soups and casseroles, but also consider keeping a couple of organic frozen dinners and canned soups on hand for fast and easy meal.
Have Your Groceries Delivered
Going to the grocery store is not only time-consuming, but may leave you placing food items in your cart that are not the healthiest. To save time, consider ordering your groceries online and having them delivered directly to your home. While delivery fees apply, you may actually save money because you eliminate the impulsive buys that you find while in the grocery store.
Look At The Restaurant Menu Before You Go
Eating out may be a regular part of your weekly routine, and may even be required for business. To ensure that you stay on top of your diet, take a look at the restaurant menu before you arrive. This way you can identify their healthy menu options, and even decide what you want to order beforehand. This will make it easier to avoid temptations once you start reading all the delicious menu options.
Schedule In Your Treats And Cheats
Being healthy doesn’t mean that you have to forgo treats and cheats, just make sure that you schedule in your treats and cheats. Do this in whatever manner works best for you. For example, maybe you eat healthy foods, six days a week, and allow yourself freedom 1 day per week. You could also aim for 90% of your foods to be unprocessed/minimally processed healthy whole foods—and 10% treats and cheats. Just make sure that you have a plan of action that allows you to indulge.
This tips will help you to stay healthy and stay on track!