When trying to eat healthy, the hardest thing to do is actually adding the healthy stuff to your diet. I will not go into the benefits of eating vegetables because I’m sure you have probably been hearing them since you were a toddler. This post is about how to help yourself to actually eat the healthy stuff. Below are tips that I believe can get you started on your green road.
- Buy vegetables you like.
Yes, kale is good for you but if you don’t like it, it’s probably going to stay in your fridge until it goes bad. I absolutely love spinach, I have other favorites but it definitely at the top of the list. I love it no matter how it’s cooked or not cooked, which makes it easy to add to any dish. Start by buying things you like, it makes it so much easier. If you don’t like any vegetables then start with the ones you can tolerate.
- Baby Steps
I have seen people decide to eat healthy then they go to the grocery store and buy a bunch things they have never tried or even like. Those things just end up in the trash. I have done this, I have friends and family who do this and it is a terrible habit. It’s just a waste of your time and money. I broke this habit by starting with step 1 above. Start with vegetables you like then gradually introduce yourself to new ones. I didn’t start eating brussel sprouts until three years ago. Initially I couldn’t stand the taste, but they eventually grew on me. Would I have cooked them if I got them five years ago, most likely not.
- Set a goal.
It doesn’t need to be an aggressive one. It can be making sure you have vegetables in one of your daily meals every other day. You’re competing with yourself at your own rate; setting an unachievable goal won’t help.
- Try different things.
As I said I love spinach but I can’t have it with my eggs everyday. On weekends, I like making smoothies. Another way I incorporate my favorite vegetable in things I eat (or drink in this case) is adding it to my smoothies. Try different things like juices, smoothies, salads, wraps, soups, etc.
I love it when my plate looks beautiful and colorful. If it looks beautiful then it probably good for your body. If you’re not sure what to eat, try making your dish as colorful as possible. You can add carrots, roasted peppers, corn, different fruits and so on.
- Collect recipes.
It’s so easy to do with all the apps and social media available. I have a Pinterest board called clean eating, which is basically my go to when I want to try a new healthy recipe. In case you’re unsure what to make, just look through your recipe collection.
- Green is good.
In case you feel like giving up, remind yourself of how/why eating more veggies is good for you. Remind yourself of all the benefits, weight loss, mental clarity, glowing skin, more energy and all the nutrients you’re getting.
- Social media.
There are so many healthy eating pages and groups social media you can follow/join. This can give you ideas on how to create healthy meals and also motivate you to keep eating healthy.
I don’t mean spend 10 hours on some health website trying figure out what you should eat or what’s good for you, not that it’s bad thing. By research I mean ask your friends or people you know for tips. Ask people on your social media groups.
- It’s Lifestyle.
It’s a lifestyle not a diet. This is something that should become part of you, trying it as a temporary thing may not get you anywhere. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t keep it up for a week or a month, just keep trying until it becomes part of you. Trust me, it’s worth it.