Many of us have tried losing weight, dieting, being healthier and many of us have incredibly failed at it (me included). Most of the times, we failed because we didn’t make the best choices regarding food. And it is soooo difficult! Making healthy choices is one of the most difficult things in the world! I love fries and Italian food with all my heart. And when I go to a restaurant I’d of course rather eat a delicious lasagna than a salad. Don’t get me wrong, I like salads, but damn I love pasta. But why does it have to be so fricking difficult to make healthier choices? It is just not fair! Well, unfortunately, life is unfair my friends. But we can’t change anything by just complaining (I really wish we could), so, here are some tips to make making healthier choices easier.
Focus on your goals and be inspired
This is easier said than done, but if you’re constantly reminding yourself of your goals, you’ll be more likely to achieve them. For example, I like to follow a lot of Instagram accounts about healthy food and fit inspiration. And whenever I scroll through Instagram I just see healthy food and people doing exercise and I keep telling myself that I want to be like that, I want to be healthier. There are also a lot of apps that send you reminders throughout the day. My favourite app is “My Water“, it reminds me to take enough water every day.
Know what you’re eating
By this, I don’t mean you should focus only on calories but on the ingredients. It is really incredible we don’t know what we are actually eating, we don’t know what we’re consuming on a daily basis. Many foods may seem healthy but really aren’t. And after realizing what you’re about to eat is made of, you’ll be thinking twice before actually eating it. I’m just telling you that knowing more about what you eat, will definitely help you make healthier choices. But tracking calories and nutrients is really good as well! There are lots of apps designed to help with this, like My fitness pal, Lose It! Noom Coach, and more.
Make healthy swaps
Just replace something unhealthy by something healthy. For example, replace rice with couscous or quinoa. Or replace white bread with 100% whole grain bread. The swaps you could make are endless, but to start, here are some ideas of foods you could swap.
Deciding to live a healthy life doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of the food you love most. As I mentioned above, I love pasta and fries with all my heart, I sincerely couldn’t live without them. By depriving yourself of something you love, the only thing you’re going to achieve is to make yourself unhappy. So, if you’re craving something so bad, just eat it! But wait, are you really going to eat the entire casserole of fresh pasta? My heart says yes but my mind says no. Keep portions in mind, for example, eat a small plate of pasta with a bowl of p̶a̶s̶t̶a̶ salad. If you’re eating something unhealthy eat it with something healthy.
Make a meal plan for the week, the month, the semester, it doesn’t matter, just make a meal plan. But be realistic, don’t plan to eat just salad an entire week, if you know you wouldn’t even survive a day on a diet like that (Personal experience). Instead, make small changes in your diet. Small steps lead to bigger changes. But making a meal plan is just a waste of time if you don’t stick to it. So try your best to stick to it. The more realistic your meal plan is, the easier it will be to stick to it.
I really hope these tips help you to start or to continue with your healthy life journey. If you have another tip, just leave it in a comment below! And don’t forget to pin or share this post!