Many people set themselves a target to improve their diet. It is often assumed that healthy eating is difficult, usually because we tend to focus on fad diets and making wholesale changes to our weekly menus. Whether you’re eager to lose weight, or you simply want to enjoy better nutrition, healthy eating doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some simple ways to stay on track.
Searching for quick and simple recipes
Most of us don’t have hours to spend on preparing and cooking hearty, nutritious meals every day, and this means that we often resort to fast food, ready-made meals or the same tried and tested recipes we’ve been using for years. If you want to improve your diet without sacrificing your free time or missing out on taste and flavor, look for simple, quick, healthy recipes. You can use search engines or buy books to discover new meals. Filter the results according to the ingredients you want to use and focus on dishes that take less than 30 or 60 minutes to prepare, depending on your schedule. Healthy food doesn’t have to be complex. It takes five minutes to boil some fresh whole grain pasta and quickly heat some chopped cherry tomatoes and basil and olive oil, for example.
One of the most common reasons people lose interest in dieting and healthy eating is that they don’t enjoy the food and they start craving the flavors they miss. Eating healthily doesn’t have to mean abandoning everything you love and swearing to refrain from eating pizza forevermore. There’s nothing wrong with going to a steakhouse or an ice cream parlor on a Saturday night for a catch-up with friends or indulging in a plate of fries after a long week at work. If you eat well most of the time, treating yourself once a week won’t suddenly make your diet unhealthy and it could actually help you stick to your new diet plan.
Varying your meals
Eating the same foods all the time can get boring. When you’re planning weekly menus, try and vary the dishes and include a wide range of ingredients. Look for new recipes, get ideas from TV cookery shows, use social media to find inspiration and get your friends and family involved. It’s also a great idea to look for healthier ways to create your favorite meals. If you love fries, for example, or you dream of tucking into a burger, swap deep-fried potatoes dripping in oil for oven-baked sweet potato wedges and beef patties for lean turkey mince, a freshly prepared salad and a wholemeal bun.
If you’re used to a diet of fast food and ready-made meals, it can be a struggle to adapt to healthy eating. The good news is that there are lots of ways to make your new diet enjoyable and to take the hassle out of preparing and cooking homemade meals. Search for quick and easy nutritious recipes, vary your menu and try new dishes and allow yourself the odd treat.
What simple ways do you do to stay on track for eating healthy meals? Let me know in the comments below!