Everyone wants to eat better or want to work more healthy habits into their diet or into their lifestyle.
Healthy eating does not and is not supposed to look the same for everyone, you can be a healthy eater and be a vegan, you can be a vegetarian, you can be a meat-eater, you can be a weightlifter, you can be a yogi, you can eat two times a day, you can eat six times a day, you might have noticed many times that your lifestyle will affect the type of healthy diet you’re eating, for example, a young sports man versus a working, mom of two with a family versus a young professional, all of these people can eat healthy diets and you will see that their plates look very different based on their style, so there’s no hard fast rule here other than that simple tie-in that we are eating real whole unprocessed foods as close to their natural state as possible most of the time and we are enjoying the food that we choose.
Most of us are more inclined towards making every meal tasty and delicious instead of looking for nutritional values our meal offers us; we must make a habit of eating healthy, clean and simply, Eating real whole unprocessed foods like vegetables fruits, healthy sources of carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and grains, high-quality sources of protein, and healthy fats like avocados, nuts and seeds, most of the time, close to their natural state as far as possible.
one of the most important pieces of this process is realizing that it is not about jumping on a fad diet or on to the next health craze, it’s really about making a long-term commitment to a lifestyle shift for yourself, this is the way you avoid falling victims to mood swings and cravings that come with eating a lot of highly processed nutrient Void food.
The food we choose must be highly nutrients and calories
Adapting new lifestyle changes:
Allow yourself to be on the journey when you are a beginner adapting new lifestyle changes and habits, you have to give yourself a little bit of space to figure it out, don’t feel like you need to do everything at once and everything at the same time, you don’t need to have all your food perfectly meal prepped and you don’t need to stop eating all of your favorites all at a time, because this is going to fail, understand that this is a process of learning how to do things a new way and that’s going to take a little bit of time,
Cook as often as you can, making your own food is one of the easiest ways to eat better because you are in charge of all of your ingredients, you know exactly what you’re working with, but that doesn’t mean that you have to cook every single thing you eat, just try to get into the habit of cooking, which will eventually create interest in cooking healthy food and thus cooking becomes a whole new playground and you start enjoying the fun of it and eventually cooking food becomes a hobby that you enjoy each day.
Quality over Calories:
focus on quality over calories, for many people definitely, when you are focused on counting calories you tend to get caught up in feelings of restriction and deprivation and that is because when the brain gets to work trying to stay under or at a certain amount of calories, what it tends to do is pay attention to what it can’t have or what it needs to be restricting or what it needs to be eliminating, those thoughts that thought process creates the feeling of deprivation. If you switch your focus to quality the brain starts looking for things that it can add into the diet.
Opt For Seasonal Food:
The seasonal food which grows together goes well together, when you buy foods that are in and of the same season they automatically taste good together, because Mother Nature has our back, so in case you’ve never noticed things like Brussels sprouts and grapes, butternut squash and cranberries berries and basil these foods all grow in the same season, and they all taste amazing together which is really good to know because it takes a lot of guesswork out of your cooking, a great way to have a little bit of fun with this is maybe when you go to the grocery store you pick up one to two new ingredients each week and experiment with it in your kitchen, try a new method of cooking, test a little, see if you can find some new favorites.
Avoid Processed Food:
avoid highly processed foods, now just to be clear a lot of healthy foods are slightly processed, so for example oatmeal is slightly processed, quinoa is so lightly processed, frozen vegetables are so lightly processed, even if the food is coming straight from the farm or the field it might undergo a series of processing, but these slightly processed foods are not the foods that I am referring to and they are certainly not the foods that you need to be concerned about, the foods that you want to be avoiding are those very highly processed foods, these are the foods that are going through lots of steps and lots of processing before they ever make it to your plate. some people like to call them junk foods, these are basically foods that are made in the factories, the real problem with these foods is that they are so concentrated in fats, sugars and salts that they really wipe out your palate because they’re bombarding the taste buds with this concentration of fashion or salt and so we can’t appreciate the natural flavor and subtleties of real Whole Foods and thus healthy eating gets a bad rap, if you find that you do eat a lot of highly processed foods and you want a way out of it, you can start to appreciate real whole subtle flavors again and of course you can work on learning how to infuse lots of flavor into your foods with herbs and spices and by watching lots of clean and delicious videos.
avoid artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors in foods, these artificial flavors and sweeteners are literally designed to bypass the logical part of brain and trigger all of those pleasure points in the brain so you find yourself wanting more and more and more of it, eating artificial sweeteners actually creates more desire to eat more sugar so we actually end up cutting our nose off to spite our face.
The last but not the least point is, a lot of things counts when it comes to healthy eating, how we eat, why we’ eat, where we eat, who we are eating with, all of these components can create a healthy or unhealthy eating environment.