Most people are starting to realize that there isn’t really a “quick fix” for being healthy and if there is it’s likely too good to be true. If we want to be truly healthy it needs to be something that becomes a lifestyle. Below are three easy tips to making nutrition a lifestyle!
- Eat real foods. If it comes in a package or has unpronounceable ingredients it probably shouldn’t be the base of your meals. Stick to local meat and produce and avoid adding too processed spices or sauces.
- Be creative. The sure fire way to fail with nutrition is from too much boredom. Staying creative by looking up new recipes or even creating some of your own is an easy way to make nutrition fun and enjoyable.
- Cook your food. Humans spent thousands of years hunting and preparing their own food. Doing so helps us appreciate the food more and feel like we’ve earned it. The modern day way to achieve this is by cooking food ourselves. This doesn’t mean that you need to create a five course dinner every evening but pre-cooking for the week or choosing a fun recipes to cook every couple of days is an easy way to feel good about what you’re eating.
- Don’t count your calories. This might seem like a bit of a contradiction to eating healthy but the truth is a lot of research suggests that counting calories is not as necessary as we think. Either way, if calorie counting is something you think does work then hire a coach to do it for you. Staying accountable is easily achieved when we have someone who can offer educated accountability.
- Reward yourself. Schedule 1-2 meals a week where you eat anything you want (within reason). Of course this doesn’t mean that you need to binge and eat two days worth of food in one sitting but having a reward, what I call a Victory Meal is an easy way to ensure success and keep you focused.
There you have it! If you practice these five easy ways to make nutrition a lifestyle before you know it you’ll be looking and most importantly feeling great!
By Ricky Goodall, Meditation Instructor & Certified Nutrition Coach