A little help in the Healthy Eating Department can never hurt, right? I agree, maybe eating healthy is a little harder than just slapping a slice of cheese on a sandwich and hoping for the best, but it’s not atom-splitting or anything. Especially when you add a few tricks it’s even easier than you originally thought. These are things I do to make my healthy lifestyle
a little a lot easier to maintain!
- I prepare most of my food for the next day the night before. The salad (sans dressing), the snack, the juice and sometimes even the breakfast. I either have to go to yoga, get dressed and look presentable or snooze it up in Manfred’s Cuddle Deadlock. I make the food for the next day either while I’m cooking or straight after dinner. Yes, it’s a time investment and you may miss the first half of [Enter Tolerable Comedy Show Here], but it pays off.
- Because of that, I assess how much and what food I need the day before. I know that if I work out, I’ll be hungrier so I add some ‘oomph’ by adding a big bottle of juice or even a smoothie. If I have a long day, I throw in an extra banana. This has helped me so much in terms of accurately calculating what foods to have on me and has decreased my need for extra snacking or buying extra food.
- I never have the same salad two days in a row. I know myself. That’s just begging for an eventual Health Food Rebellion. So I make sure to switch it up a lot in terms of ingredients. I’ll post a few different ones sometime.
- I make snacks in bulk. I usually do this with raw cacao blobs or bits, but I know of other people who do it with granola bars and somewhat healthy cookies. That way you can just grab one whenever you’re on the go and have to get something to eat real quick.
- I also cook in bulk; I am Left Over Queen. A few weeks ago I bought a large pumpkin slice that was too much for me to finish in one meal, so I only used half of it and saved the rest ‘for another time’. Of course, life gets in the way: You go out to eat, you eat in but are in the mood for other stuff, etc. Next thing you know the remaining pumpkin is no longer suited for consumption. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s better to prepare it all at once. So what you have a few extra portions! Those are great for when you eat alone or when you want a warm lunch. In other words: I make too much, and by doing so I always have some food ready as well as prevent ingredients from going bad.
- I picked this trick up from my reader Elise: I now buy my soft fruits frozen. Soft fruit is often the most expensive and the most likely to spoil quickly; the frozen fruit is an excellent option in terms of price and expiration date, while still containing vitamins and what not. Now I always have some raspberries or blueberries around in the freezer, without worrying it will go bad and without my wallet blowing her Rape Whistle.
- CLEAN YOUR STUFF IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU USE IT. Can’t stress this enough, because it’s better to spend 10 minutes rinsing and washing everything straight after than it is to spend 40 minutes on it the next day while cursing and hating your life.
And that’s pretty much it. Basically it involves more planning than unhealthy eating, but you’d be surprised how quickly you’ll get used to that! After you’ve done it a couple of times, it’s very normal. Oh, and when Magazijn‘s latest issue pops up on-line, you can also go read my article ‘The Joy Of Healthy Eating’, I’ll add the snippit later. Cheers lovers, have a good Wednesday!