Healthy eating is about more than sheer willpower – it’s about creating a personal food culture that is fulfilling. Plus, it’s fun to cook! Whether you’ve been on this journey for a while or just getting started, these 5 tips will help you take a pragmatic approach to your nutrition.
Tip #1: Evaluate your motivation(s)
First things first – take time to understand your personal motivations to improve your dietary habits. Clearly defining your motivations for healthy eating upfront will help you stick to your commitment when the going gets tough. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, have more energy, or minimize the chances of developing diet-related illnesses – define what is driving you to change and keep it front of mind (or even post it on your bathroom mirror).
Tip #2: Cultivate curiosity
I like to try new foods. Even if it’s something I don’t initially like, I can will myself to like it because I know it’s good for me (most of the time). This hasn’t always been the case – it’s certainly a long way from snacking on Chips Ahoy in childhood to enjoying homemade milk kefir! So cultivate your curiosity, try new things with an open mind and think of what you’re gaining rather than what you’re missing.
Tip #3: Develop your personal wellness routine
Healthy eating is one essential part of your personal wellness routine. Take time to thoughtfully approach your food routine. Be cognizant of the barriers that get in your way to eating healthy and take steps to overcome them. Example: I like apples, I just don’t like biting into them (or cutting them up with a knife). Then I rediscovered the simple apple corer/slicer and now am prepping an apple in 10 seconds flat.
If cooking is a barrier for you – I recommend brushing up on cooking basics through The Kitchn’s (Free) Cooking School. There’s little that’s more satisfying than investing in food knowledge and cooking skills.
Tip #4: Eat simply (don’t just simply eat)
One of my favorite quotes comes from Michael Pollan’s book – In Defense of Food. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Focus on variety and eating whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. When shopping, make educated decisions through reading nutrition and ingredient labels – seeking to reduce sugar consumption and focusing on foods with simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce.
Tip #5: Drink water, a lot of water
If I feel drained at the end of the workday, it’s often due to one of two reasons. Either I didn’t get up from my desk enough throughout the day or I didn’t drink enough water. Drinking water is one of the best ways to feel energized and to improve brain function.
How much water? Drink at least 2 liters a day. I usually feel best with around 3 liters depending on my level of activity. Plus, when water’s your main beverage, you can save money and redirect this toward your food budget. That’s reason enough for me!
It’s worth the investment
When it comes to nutrition, it’s all about balance and eating food in natural forms. If you increase your fruit and vegetable consumption, minimize sugar intake, decrease processed foods, and drink more water – you’ll be on your way to feeling more energized and healthy. Don’t wait – your health and well-being are worth the investment.
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Kyle Edgell, Green BEAN Delivery