I truly believe it doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult to eat healthy. However, I also hear from clients and friends that they are constantly sabotaging their efforts to have a healthier lifestyle. So I thought I’d share my top five easy ways to eat healthy most of the time.
1. Keep healthy ingredients in the house
This might seem really obvious, but it really is the only way to guarantee you will eat healthy food. If you don’t have any fresh vegetables to make meals with, or fresh fruit, raw nuts or seeds to snack on, or the other pantry ingredients needed to make a new healthy recipe you want to try, then of course you are setting yourself up for failure.
Do a weekly shop to buy all your fresh produce that you need for the week ahead, and keep your regular pantry items stocked up in the cupboard. This way, when you go to make dinner, you will have everything you need and it will be a breeze. When you open the fridge in a snack attack moment, there will be delicious fruit to grab, or you can easily get a handful of nuts and seeds, or you can whizz up a smoothie in no-time and without any hassle.
Want to see my actual weekly shopping list? Click on the link at the bottom of this blog post to get access!
2. Make healthy snacks
It is usually snacking that lets us down when it comes to healthy eating. It is so easy to snack on junk, because chips and chocolate bars and candy are conveniently available everywhere and are also super cheap.
A way to avoid the temptation of Pringles or Skittles or Magnums, is to use those amazing healthy ingredients you have in stock, and take some time out once a week to whip up some healthy snacks. I almost always have some kind of raw bliss/energy ball in the fridge at any given time. I also have dehydrated raw crackers in jars to munch on if I feel the need. Almond butter spread on cut up apples is a really satisfying snack. Make a batch of hummus and keep that in fridge to eat with carrots and celery or on some gluten free bread. Prepare a jar filled with a trail mix of nuts, seeds, cacao nibs and goji berries which you can munch on when you feel the need. None of these take much time at all to make and spending 30 minutes once a week preparing them will save you heaps of anxiety later when you want something to snack on.
Many of these snacks are also easily transportable. Keep some nuts and seeds in a container in your handbag or bring bliss balls into work with you to have in your desk drawer for when those moments of weakness might hit.
Want a mini-guide with some healthy snack recipes? Click the link at the bottom of this post to get access!
3. Learn to make 6-7 easy meals
Trust me, I totally get how it feels to come home after a long day at work, and to have to make dinner. It can just seem so difficult, and time consuming and stressful. The take-away or delivery menus stuck on the fridge are just so alluring, and easy.
The thing is, if you order your food all the time, it really will start to take its toll on your health, and your budget. There really is nothing that beats a home cooked meal made with love, and which you know exactly what ingredients have gone into making it.
To be honest, I really just make about 6-7 meals that I know are easy to make and which taste great and make my husband feel satisfied, and I rotate these from week-to-week. I have millions of cookbooks that I will turn to for inspiration on the weekends or when I am feeling up for it, but on usual days I just make one of my staples. You can get some ideas of the kinds of raw food dishes I make on this site.
Figure out your signature staple meals and add the required ingredients onto your shopping list for the week, and I promise you that it makes life so much more easy when it comes to dinner time.
Another time-saving tip that makes it easy to stick to a healthy plan is to make double-quantities of the meals you make.
Make a soup in a large pot and store the leftovers in a separate container in the freezer. This way, when you are in a hurry and you are already hungry, all you need to do is heat it up. Having pre-made meals ready to go will make the delivery menu less of a fall-back.
I also recommend taking any leftovers from dinner and making them your lunch for the next day. Purposefully make extra that you can then pack into a container. This means you won’t have an excuse to eat out for lunch every day, and it will save you time, money and centimeters off your waist line.
5. Remove all junk and temptations
If you are really serious about eating healthy, then the best thing you can do for yourself is just not to buy any junk foods that will only tempt you if you have them around. It is simple as that!
Of course you will reach for the block of Cadbury’s, the ready-to-go frozen meal, and the ice-cream if it is as easy as you opening the freezer or reaching into the cupboard. Don’t do it to yourself, it requires way too much will-power and is like torture!
If you start feeding yourself tonnes of healthy fruit and fresh vegetables and lean protein with each meal, you will start to notice over time that your cravings for junk food start to diminish anyway. The junk food you have always liked just won’t seem as appealing- great new, right?
- I’d love to hear what you think. Do you think these tips make healthy eating more do-able most of the time? Do you have other easy ways to eat heathy at work or at home? Leave your comments below!