You know the importance of eating healthy, of course. With the right foods in your diet, you will improve your chances of better long-term health, have more energy to beat your slumps, and you will inspire the other people in your life to eat healthier too.
For all we know, you might be the very epitome of a healthy eater already, in which case, congratulations! But if you’re not, and if your diet borders on the dangerously unhealthy, then it’s time to improve your eating habits.
Here are some suggestions we hope you find useful.
#1: Learn how to cook
There’s a reason why many of us eat so poorly: It’s because we lack basic cooking abilities. We then rely on tried and tested recipes we have used a million times before (some of which could be bad for us). We eat processed foods and takeaway foods because they don’t require a lot of time in the kitchen. And we add fries to every meal because we don’t have a grasp of the healthier alternatives. So, if this is you, perhaps now is the time to pick up a cookbook or check out an online cooking tutorial. You might even want to attend a cookery class. You would then have the skills needed to prepare healthy meals, and you won’t have to spend a fortune on unhealthier options. Check out this easy to make Sabudana Khichdi recipe to get you started, a tasty dish that can be eaten as a meal or as a snack.
#2: Stock your home with healthy snacks
Do you eat snacks between meals? That’s very naughty of you if you do, as not only will you put your health at risk if you eat something that is overloaded with sugar or salt, but you might be less inclined to eat properly at mealtimes. Still, if you do insist on eating snacks, consume them well before mealtime rolls around, and choose the healthier options instead of chocolate bars, potato chips, salty pretzels, and the like. Check out these healthy snacks as examples. Not only are they tasty to eat but they are good for you too, and a bit more exciting than granola bars or other such snack items that many of us presume are the only alternatives to the other things we tend to consume.
#3: Pack a healthy lunch for work
Rather than skipping out on lunch entirely because of your busyness, and rather than opting for your local bakery or fast food joint when lunchtime rolls around, prepare a healthy lunch before you leave for work. You will then have something good to eat, and not only will your health benefit as a result, but you will also have more energy to manage your workload during the day. Check out these healthy packed lunch ideas and incorporate them into your working week.
These are just a few of the ways you can improve your eating habits, but there is always more you can do, of course. Taking steps to avoid the sweet and cake aisles in your local store is just one of the things you can do during your supermarket routine, for example. So, think about your eating habits, and try to break any that could cause your health to suffer!
*This is a contributed post. While Amber did not write it herself, she has approved it for your reading 🙂