We all know that eating healthy is good for us. But even more than that we know it’s a lot easier said than done. Why is it so hard? For one thing, we have so much junk food available to us now that walking past the candy or snack food aisles in the grocery store without buying anything is just plain torture. Not to mention the fact that there are so many controversial diets being promoted nowadays that eating healthy seems like a lot more work than it’s worth.
But let me ask you something. On a scale of 1 to 10, how good do you feel when you have eaten a lot of junk food? Do you feel rested when you wake up in the morning? Do you have plenty of energy to get you through the day? Do you have a lot of persistent aches and pains and just feel kind of sluggish? These can all be signs that something isn’t right in your body. It’s been said before – “if you eat junk, you’ll feel like junk.” Food is fuel for our bodies. Give it bad fuel and it will perform poorly, it’s as simple as that.
(Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. Consult with your medical practitioner to rule out any underlying health issues and before implementing any of my tips into your lifestyle.)
There are a lot of simple things that you can do every day to improve your quality of life. And don’t worry, none of them involve quitting junk food cold turkey or going on some crazy diet. Some of them may even be familiar to you, as you may have learned about them in school. For the purpose of this post, “eating healthy” simply means eating less processed foods (that is, foods that are in a box or a can). In a nutshell, it means eating lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats, nuts, and seeds, all as close to their natural state as possible.
- Plan to prepare most of your meals for the week. This will help you avoid the temptation to just eat whatever is easy and quick. Look for new healthy recipes to try on Allrecipes.com. Search “healthy recipes” and see what you can find. Eating healthy doesn’t have to taste bad.
- Eat a good amount of raw fruits and vegetables every day, the more the better. This is HUGE. Eating a diet with a lot of fruits and veggies (especially veggies) not only gives your body all the vitamins and minerals you need, but it also helps keep your body’s ph alkaline, which can help prevent a lot of diseases such as cancer. To make sure you are getting a good variety, eat a rainbow of colors (i.e., red grapes, green apples, green lettuce, red tomatoes, etc.)
- Drink more water. I know you probably learned this at school, but I want to give you a friendly reminder – water flushes all the bad stuff out of your body, and keeps your vital organs in good working order.
- Try finding some herbal teas that you enjoy. Herbal teas are excellent for drawing toxins out of your body, and many of them act as powerful antioxidants, which helps prevent and fight disease.
- Gradually shift your mindset so that you eat junk food once in awhile as a reward for eating healthy most of the time, rather than the other way around.
- Get a friend to start eating healthier with you. It’s a lot easier when you have support and accountability from someone who is going through it with you.
- Start a blog. You don’t have to be a professional writer to start a successful blog. A lot of people blog their experiences with trying to live a healthier lifestyle, sharing both the good days and the bad days. This can be an encouragement to you and to others who are on the same path. It’s also a good way to keep track of your progress.
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