Eating Healthy Made Easy
As a yogini, I strive to eat only that which nourishes my body. Some days can be harder to stick with a healthier diet than others, especially when it comes to certain foods (like pizza), but everything in moderation is ok. A diet is a habit. If you eat junk, you will crave junk. But if your diet is rich with whole, organic foods, the bad stuff will become less and less appealing. So it’s important to make eating right a priority. It takes time, and you may go through cycles, but no matter if you’re Vegetarian, Paleo, whatever, with these tips and tricks you’re sure to be eating better in no time.
1. Stay hydrated! Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger. Next time you feel hungry, drink a glass of water and see if that curbs your appetite. Also, drinking a glass of water before a meal will help you feel more full.
2. Avoid eating out. If you’re like me, this is the most difficult thing because I LOVE eating out! But most restaurant food is made for taste instead of nutrition. You CAN make a meal at home that is better quality, better for your body, and not to mention, better for your wallet.
3. Cook often! There are so many healthy, quick and easy recipes online, so no excuses. Nibbling while cooking will help you feel more full when it’s time to sit down and eat. Also, preparing meals ahead of time and freezing them will help you not order that pizza last minute when you don’t feel like slaving over the stove 😉
4. Eat your veggies. Your diet should consist mainly of vegetables. Even if you’re not a Vegetarian, the majority of your plate should still be vegetables. So always, always, have vegetables handy.
5. Eat the good fats. Found in nuts, seeds, fish, avocado, ghee, and oils like olive and sesame.
6. Eat organic, non-GMO food! The chemicals used in GMOs, herbicides and pesticides have not all been proven safe. Stay clear of these, and if you do have to eat them, always wash them thoroughly using a fruit and veggie wash. Click here for DIY fruit and veggie wash.
7. Buy local! Go to the farmers market to get as many fresh ingredients as possible. You can often save money, and it’s great to know exactly where your food comes from.
9. Stick to the perimeter of grocery stores. This tip will save you so much time grocery shopping, and will ultimately save you from buying processed foods. All the nourishing goodness like produce, bulk, eggs, dairy, lean meat and fish are on the outer aisles of a grocery store. While the inner aisles is where you’ll find all the processed ‘junk’. So save yourself some time and skip the middle aisles all togehter. The only time I head to a middle aisle is if I need a certain spice I can’t find fresh or oil.
10. Avoid complex carbs and sugar! Your body metabolizes all complex carbohydrates into sugar. Sugar is not only addictive, but it causes weight gain and will create inflammation in the body which will eventually lead to disease. If you need to sweeten something up, honey is a great sugar alternative (get local honey to avoid seasonal allergies). Making a sandwich? Substitute Collard Greens for bread! Sugar and carbs can also be in what you’re drinking – watch your consumption of alcohol and other sugary drinks.
11. Snack often! The smaller and more frequent your meals, the easier it is to digest which will keep your body from bogging down or getting ‘hangry’ (when you’re so hungry you’re angry). Every body is different, but I find eating 2 main meals, with 3 small meals/snacks works best for me. Play with this to see what works best for your body and appetite.
12. When you really want something unhealthy, try eating something healthy first and wait 20 minutes. Normally, you will no longer crave whatever it was. Also know that cravings mean you are deficient in something. For example, if you are craving salty foods, your are lacking Chloride and should eat foods like fish and kelp. Or if you’re craving carbs you need protein rich foods like eggs, meat and kale.
13. Remember, everything in moderation is fine. To eat healthy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge sometimes. Just don’t make it a habit. Save the nights of bread and pasta with wine and decadent desserts for those special occasions.
For more on healthy eating plus some deliscious recipes check out my friend’s blog and eBook at Enjoy This Organic Life.