When it comes to weight loss I have learned that most results come from what you do in the kitchen. You can workout all you want, but if you eat junk all day long you won’t see results. That is where learning to eat healthier comes in. If you can learn to eat healthier, along with an exercise routine, you can start to see results.
For me, learning to eat healthier has been a huge challenge. I know that if I can eat healthier foods and less processed foods that I will have more energy and be able to have the energy to get up and workout in the morning. I have been doing better and I have come up with some tricks that have helped me learn to eat healthier and I hope they can help you too.
- No junk in the house
I am a junk food junkie! I will admit it if there are cookies that I like or chips in the house I will want to eat them and I struggle with self-control when it comes to these things. I have made it a point to avoid buying these things, if they are not in the house then I can’t eat them. So that my husband doesn’t feel deprived, I buy things that he likes that I don’t so he can still have his junk food. After a couple of weeks I don’t even want the junk and even if I have something in the house that I like I generally do not eat it. If I do, I try to stick to just a handful and leave the bag or box in the pantry.
P.S. I have found a really great mantra out there “you can’t out run your fork” and this is going to be my new mantra to help keep me on track.
- Healthy snacks are a must
I hate the feeling of being hungry; that’s the one reason that all my diets have failed in the past because I felt like I needed to limit how much food I eat. I have learned though that there is no need to limit what foods I eat as long as they are healthy. Instead of having junk food, I try to keep a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on, this way when I do get hungry I can just grab a quick and healthy snack.
- Try to eat only “real” foods 3 days a week
This one is hard for me being that I only go to the store once a week, but I try to only eat real foods. This means no processed foods. Real foods are fresh foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, and fish. I try to avoid things like breads, canned foods, and processed vegetables. My goal right now is to do this at least 3 days a week, I think this is a good start and hopefully I will be able to increase how often I do this in the future.
- Drink only water
I have been doing this for a while now and it is surprisingly easy to do. I have cut out all drinks that are not water, except the occasional glass of wine and a glass of milk a couple of nights a week. It is amazing how little other drinks actually hydrate you and how much better I feel when I have cut out the artificial juices. It is also amazing how filling water can be if you drink a glass before eating!
- Meal plan
I try to come up with a meal plan every week. This is for multiple reasons, one being that it keeps me on track at the grocery store and saves me money while also keeping me from buying all the junk. It also helps me to stick to my goals of eating healthier because I can see what I am making every night and what ingerdients are included.
- Mindset is key
I have learned that having the right mindset is critical. There are days when I think that I would like to pig out on junk all day long, but in the end, I know that the next day I will regret it. Having the right mindset has helped me control those cravings when I do have them.
- No quick fixes or diet pills for me!
Everyone is obsessed with quick fixes and instant results, but not this chick! I refuse to try diet pills or quick fixes just to get disappointed and give up. In the end I want to create a lifestyle, I don’t want to go back to being overweight once I reach my goals, so I am in it for creating better habits.
These are just a few things that I have started doing to help me eat healthier and hopefully I will start seeing results in the form of weight loss! If you decide to try any of these tips let me know how it goes for you.
What have you done to learn how to eat healthier? Have I missed any tips?