Modern life can be so busy and hectic that it feels impossible to maintain strong habits for healthy eating. That quick snack instead of a proper meal, that overpriced and overdressed coffee that feels like the only thing that gets you through the morning, and those late night cravings for a simple moment of junk food pleasure while you manage to relax for an hour before bed. These are all perfectly reasonable eating habits resulting from the stress of modern life, and they are also what is causing skyrocketing rates of obesity.
To top all of this off, there isn’t a lot of good and easy to use information out there about the ways to develop and maintain healthy eating habits. People see a food group chart and learn a little about calories, but beyond that everything seems very complicated and designed for models, movie stars and athletes.
Fortunately it can actually be really simple to develop and maintain strong habits for eating healthy. There are a lot of small things that people can change that will lead to a big impact on their health and waistlines. Here are some tips to help get you on the right track to simple and healthy living no matter what modern life throws your way.
There Is a Difference Between Dieting and Healthy Eating
Eating healthier does not necessarily mean that you are on a diet or restricting your calories. It can be as simple as eating an apple instead of a cookie when you want a snack.
Make Protein the Center of All Your Meals
Before every meal, decide on a healthy source of protein to build around (fish, eggs, bison for example). Then figure out what you want to make using this main ingredient.
Always Have a Protein Bar for Emergencies
No matter how hard you try, you’re going to have times when you just can’t stop to eat a full and healthy meal. Instead of going to the nearest gas station or drive-thru window, reach for a trusty protein bar to satisfy your hunger and give you the energy you need to keep moving.
Do Not Drink Many of Your Calories
A few drinks are low in calories, but the vast majority are not. Lattes, sodas, and even fruit juices are loaded with sugar and calories. Even worse, because it is liquid your body won’t notice all of the calories that you are taking in, meaning you can still feel hungry after drinking a pizza’s worth of calories.
Throw Out Tempting Junk
Do not overestimate your willpower in the long term. You may be excited about making healthy choices when you start, but over time it comes down to avoiding the temptation in the first place. Go through your house and throw out all the junk food.
Do Not Let Your Schedule Interfere With Your Meals
Plan your schedule and have meals prepared so you can always sit down and eat healthy. It is easier to keep up healthy habits when you have a strong schedule and healthy food prepared.
Fill Your Home With Healthy and Fun Snacks
Make sure the entire family is along for the healthy habit ride by only having healthy snacks in the house. Healthy does not have to mean boring though, as there are all kinds of fun and delicious healthy foods for people of all ages.
Drink a Big Glass of Water First Thing Each Day
Drink a large glass of water when you first wake up. Your body has been fasting all night, so the water will wake you up, hydrate your cells and keep the hunger down while you prepare a proper breakfast.
Do Not Stay Around Places Where You Know You Will Munch Away
You do not keep bowls of candy or chocolate around the house or office, so don’t hang around places that have open bowls of food for munching. You will end up eating it just because it is there. If you find yourself tempted but need to stay, try keeping a glass of cold water in your hand instead, and take a sip each time you feel the urge to snack.
Eat a Large and Healthy Breakfast Within 90 Minutes of Waking Up
A lot of people do not feel hungry first thing in the morning, but it is actually the most important meal. Get in the habit of sitting down to a high protein and low sugar breakfast each morning within 90 minutes of waking up.
Eat Vegetables Whenever You Can
It is pretty much impossible to eat too many vegetables. There are vegetables that can go with every dish, so there’s no reason not to eat some with every meal. They provide you with essential nutrients and are a low calorie way to easily get that satisfied full feeling from every meal.