How Do I Eat Healthy? 7 Common Roadblocks And How To Knock Them Down!
Do you struggle to figure out nutrition? Do you get frustrated with all the information out there about eating healthy? I can totally relate, and I was so exhausted from it all. I've learned a ton over the past couple of years, and here are 7 common struggles people face and some suggestions for combating those struggles. I would love to hear your feedback so please comment on this post or email me if you have additional questions.
1) You’re not sure how to eat healthy.
If you didn’t grow up eating a balanced diet with healthy foods, figuring out which foods are healthy and how to cook them can feel like a major roadblock.
You’re not alone. When you start eating healthy, it’s normal to be concerned about whether or not food will taste good, how to cook it, or even what to buy at the grocery or order off the restaurant menu. I went through the same thing and was very frustrated for the most part. I turned to a simplified approach and used this food list to help me. Also, consider trying one new food a week or making just one or two healthy recipes your first few weeks.
2) Eating healthy is more expensive.
You may have said or heard these comments before: “Fresh fruits and veggies go bad so fast. Eating organic drains the pocket book. It all just seems so expensive.” I don't spend a lot more (if any) on groceries than I did when I wasn't eating healthy. With a few simple tips, you CAN afford to eat healthy.
If you can’t afford to buy all-organic produce, that’s totally OK. Be selective about the ones you can shell out more for. If you can’t afford to buy organic at all, the clean/dirty produce list can help as well because at least you can make the majority of your non-organic produce purchases from the clean list.
Buying in-season produce can also help you save money, and it tastes better. Frozen fruits and veggies can also be easier on the wallet, are just as healthy as fresh (I eat quite a bit of frozen fruit) and can help you cut down on food waste. Instead of crushed ice or cubes, use frozen fruit in smoothies. Buy in bulk and from your local farmer's market when possible.
3) You hate grocery shopping.
Some people legitimately hate going to the grocery store. But good news… there’s an app for that. With the growing number of grocery delivery services — even Amazon has jumped on this gravy train with Prime Now — you can order on your phone or computer and schedule your groceries to be delivered at a time that’s convenient for you. And there is evidence that shows preordering food may actually help you eat healthier.
4) Unhealthy food marketing is inescapable.
Scroll through Pinterest and you’ll see double stuffed cookie dough pie and slutty brownie bars swirled with marshmallows, all tempting us to feel like we need chocolate. Heck, I see food all the time just scrolling on Facebook. It's all over! We all know where the office candy jar is and where to find the box of donuts or cookies or birthday cake.
Be the change you want to see. Provide a healthier solution and bring in a batch of homemade (and healthy… shhh, don’t advertise this, and see if anybody notices) Flourless Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting for the next birthday celebration, or No-Bake Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes to that next early morning meeting, or if you don’t have time to whip up homemade snacks, stash these in your desk so that when your stomach growls, you won’t head to the candy jar or vending machine.
5) You feel like you don’t have the time to eat healthy.
Eating healthy might seem like it takes more time than running through the drive-thru. However, taking just one or two hours to meal prep on the weekend will save you rushing around to figure out breakfast, lunch, or dinner all week! Three cheers for less stress, right?
6) You’re afraid of trying a recipe that might fail.
So you find a new recipe you want to try and then you cook it. Maybe you enjoy it, but all the kids (and the husband) turn up their noses. And you get a whole bunch of whining and complaining. It’s tempting to want to throw in the towel and go back to the usual recipes you know they will enjoy.
But stay the course! Try cooking foods in different ways. So you don’t like raw onions… well, try them caramelized. Don’t like steamed broccoli? Try roasting it. The cooking method can greatly alter the taste of foods. Hint: All veggies taste better roasted.
7) You have FOMO.
The fear of missing out can be strong when all-or-nothing thinking creeps in, and you focus on what you sacrifice to eat healthy (instead of what you gain).
But, eating well doesn’t mean you have to be perfect — that’s nonsense. Even those who eat healthy most of the time have meals they indulge in occasionally. That’s why I recommend an a 80-20 strategy. There’s no missing out when you allow yourself to enjoy everything in moderation.
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