And when push came to shove, you probably went right back to the cookie dough or fast food. Old habits die hard, right?
Healthy eating is a challenging feat. It's not just about being careful of the food you put in your body. It's about the time, preparation and commitment.
But of course, you probably already know the challenges of eating healthy. But did you know that there's a much simpler way to approach it?
In this article, you'll find tips on how to start eating healthy. You'll even find our free 1-day meal plan.
Read on to find out how you can make healthy habits fit into your lifestyle.
How To Start Eating Healthy, Step 1: Choose Your Go-To Foods.
The first step to developing a healthy meal plan is choosing your go-to foods. Think about your favorite proteins, carbs, healthy fats and vegetables.
For lean proteins, you could choose from things like chicken, beef, eggs, sardines and whey protein.
Onto healthy carbs, where you could choose from brown rice, quinoa, wholemeal pasta and sweet potatoes.
And for vegetables, you could choose from a big selection, such as brussels sprouts, broccoli, green beans or a leafy salad.
For healthy fats, there are avocados, almonds and olive oil among others
Once you pick your go-to's out of each category, you're ready to develop your meal plan.
How To Start Eating Healthy, Step 2: Make a Weekly Plan.
Meal plans don't have to be overly complicated.
Now that you've selected your go-to foods, all you have to do is combine them into a meal.
So try it. Here is what a breakfast, lunch, and dinner would look like for me out of the go-to foods above.
- Breakfast: Eggs, avocado and quinoa
- Lunch: Chicken, brussels sprouts and rice
- Dinner: Beef, broccoli and sweet potatoes
Sounds delicious, doesn't it? The beauty of selecting your go-to foods is that you can make all the combinations that you want.
The possibilities– within a healthy diet– are endless!
How To Start Eating Healthy, Step 3: Go Grocery Shopping.
Now you're ready to hit the grocery store.
I know, I know. You're assuming this will be the worst part.
But once you've picked your go-to foods, all you'll have to do is pick up foods you've already chosen.
There's no waiting around and thinking about what you'd like to eat this week. There's also no temptation to buy unhealthy items outside of your list.
How To Start Eating Healthy, Step 4: Prepare In Advance.
Once you get home with your goods, you're ready to start cooking!
We like to prepare meals on Sundays and on Wednesdays.
Cutting the week in half like that ensures that you won't be spending entire days in the kitchen, meal prepping.
Once you cook your individual go-to foods, grab the Tupperware. Organize them into meals for the week, and pop them into the fridge.
Morning, noon and night all you have to do is grab pre-made food out of the fridge.
Pursue Your Healthy Lifestyle
Did you notice how stress-free this article was?
Meal prepping doesn't have to be– and shouldn't be– overly complicated. All you need to do is provide your body healthy food in the right proportion. And of course, you need to commit.
If you're ready to start eating healthy and lose weight, try out our free 1-day meal plan.
This will provide you an excellent jumping-off point into consistent meal planning.
So give it a try– it's free, so you have no excuse!
P.S. If you haven't seen my FREE 1-Day Meal Plan for Men over 40, I highly recommend you click here to get a free copy sent directly to your email. Remember: nutrition is a core foundation of weight loss for men over 40.
Small note about research cited in this article:
*Always remember: weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual. Just because these studies cite certain data does not mean you will experience these results/outcomes. Always consult with your doctor before making decisions about your health. This is not medical advice – simply well-researched information about how to start eating healthy. Thanks for reading!