The most common mistake when trying to eat healthy?
Not preparing properly.
These days, the average American has to juggle kids, exercise, a 47 hour work week, and everything else that comes with daily life. It’s no wonder that making healthy shopping lists and healthy eating often get overlooked.
By implementing a few, simple practices you can significantly boost the chances of a diet sticking.
Besides causing obesity, unhealthy eating can result in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis, tooth decay, heart disease and stroke, cancer, depression, and eating disorders.
Getting into the groove of eating and shopping healthy requires building a habit and, as the saying goes, this usually takes a month or two to do. But a couple of months can really stretch out when you have a hectic schedule going on, most attempts at healthy eating fail to stick for this very reason.
Stack the odds in your favor by making use of two easy but powerful health hacks:
Find a partner.
No, seriously. Finding someone to start eating healthy with can be a deciding factor as to whether your diet is successful or not. A partner will give you some much needed motivation while keeping you accountable.
Stuck in the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Split the cooking time.
Finding a particular part of healthy grocery shopping or eating difficult? Tell your partner. You’re not in it alone.
The best way to be efficient with your grocery shopping is to have a healthy grocery list prepared beforehand.
The days of pen and paper lists are long gone; making use of grocery list apps saves time, trees, and money. Having a structured grocery list and buying in bulk both work to bring down costs and also waste less food.
This healthy grocery list for two is packed with clean, affordable foods that lend to all types of recipes and, most importantly, schedules. The amounts are set according to a weekly grocery list for two people.
- Make it easy on yourself. Cook as many meals as possible at home. Even just consistently cooking one healthy meal a day can bring enormous benefits. Running low on time? Take turns cooking and make enough portions to save for later.
- Coconut oil or olive oil are much healthier to cook with than butter or vegetable oil.
- Spice it up! Herbs and spices are a healthy way to give your meals a kick while remaining clean.
- Try to avoid sugary products and adding sugar yourself. Use substitutes like cinnamon or honey.
In need of some breezy, delicious recipes to prepare?
Breakfast: Huevos rancheros // Kefir + Fruit + Almonds // Egg in Avocado
Lunch: Tuna Salad + Rice // Chicken Salad + Rice // Chickpea or Lentil Salad
Dinner: Tilapia + Rice or Potatoes // Turkey + Rice + Mixed Veggies
The Bottom Line:
Having a partner and a healthy shopping grocery list will be two of the strongest weapons in your arsenal. With that said, they’re still not enough to guarantee the success of your diet all on their own; these are only precautionary steps that you can take for future moments when you know you’ll be busy or unmotivated. The real source of your diet’s success will be yourself.
Will you be honest with yourself about your strengths & weaknesses, habits & tendencies? Will you get frustrated, quit, and blame it on you being too busy?
There’s going to be hiccups and there’s going to be junk food, just learn from it and apply that knowledge next time.
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