How to Eat Healthier Without Changing Your Lifestyle
There’s no doubt about it: eating healthier can positively impact your life in so many ways. You’ll have more energy, look younger and lose extra weight. Unfortunately, for most of us, no matter how much dressing is poured onto those healthy greens, a salad will never measure up to a greasy takeaway meal. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be all about sacrifice and denial of temptation, however. Here are five simple ways to eat better without drastically altering your lifestyle.
Take Your Own Lunch and Snacks to Work
Lunch can easily be the best part of your workday, but if you’re ordering out every day, it’s going to wreak havoc on your diet. Save yourself some calories by packing your own lunch and snacks. Nuts, fruit, protein bars and bite-sized veggies will relieve your break time hunger. For lunch, prepare something that is fulfilling to eat, like a hefty salad or leftovers from the previous evening’s dinner.
Order Healthy When Eating Out
Eating out is about more than just food – it’s a custom that allows you to connect with friends and colleagues. There’s no need to skip these social interactions entirely. Simply do some research to find the healthiest choice on the menu before you go out. For example, if you find yourself at McDonald’s, order the McChicken sandwich. At 385 calories, it’s a bargain compared to the Big Tasty with bacon at 890.
Switch to Almond Milk and Stevia
Giving up your morning coffee or tea might be where you draw the line. On their own, both are virtually calorie free, but problems arise when you start adding cream and sugar. One cup of coffee with just two teaspoons of sugar and one ounce of half and half is loaded with 79 calories, which can quickly put you over your daily limit. By substituting these with almond milk and Stevia, you can bring the calorie count down to 20, allowing you to have a second cup.
Prep Meals in Advance
One of the most daunting things about healthy eating is how long it takes to cook and prepare a meal. By planning your week’s menu in advance, your time in the kitchen is minimized and simplified. Dedicate an hour on Sunday night to gathering all of the groceries you need and performing all of the preparation in advance. Chop vegetables, measure ingredients and store everything in a container, so it will be ready to go when it’s time to prepare dinner.
Decrease Portion Sizes
If you’re craving a piece of chocolate cake and you know you're going to go for it, indulge. But instead of eating the entire cake, limit yourself to a small slice. A lot of eating healthy centres around portion control. Even if you reduce your typical portion by just 10 to 20 percent, you will see positive results such as weight loss. You can help this process by investing in smaller plates and bowls. This is a clever way of tricking your brain into thinking that you're eating more than you are.
Eating healthier is definitely a hard change to make, but cutting back on the sweets, fats and simple carbs becomes easier when you start with small changes. Focus on your goals and reap the rewards of positive change.
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