They say that the key to healthy eating is in the preparation. This is so true and yet so few of us take the time to prepare the foods that we will eat each week. Yes we’re all busy and so we have limited time to get into the right eating habits or the ways in which to execute them. However if you want to lose weight, get the body of your dreams, or just get healthier, then truly healthy eating has to start somewhere.
The key is to think ahead and plan for what you need. This is accomplished through the foods that you fill your pantry with and the way in which you prepare them. It’s very easy to say that you will get to eating healthier, but if you aren’t arming yourself with the right foods then how will that ever happen? Here are some simple and effective ways for preparing the healthy foods that you need to make it through the week.
Create a Well Thought Out Grocery List
You need to know how to navigate your way through the grocery store to start with. First and foremost you never want to go to the grocery store hungry. This is not a myth as it will absolutely come back to bite you if you try it. Have a small snack and be sure that you put together a list that covers all of the healthy foods that you need.
Leave nothing up to interpretation and work from the outside of the store in. The foods on the perimeter of the store are your healthiest such as produce, dairy, lean proteins, and whole grain breads. All of the aisles on the inside tend to contain a lot of processed foods. So make your list accordingly and stick to it! This is a step in the right direction and ensures that you end up with healthy and delicious foods that can get you going with the appropriate preparations.
Take the Time to Clean and Prepare Everything in Advance
Do you know why so few people get enough fruits and vegetables in a day? Simply because they don’t have them readily available! If you take on the effort of going to the grocery store and staying prepared, then you need to follow through by preparing the foods that you buy. Otherwise what’s the point?
Clean and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. Have them readily available so that you can grab them in a hurry and turn to them as healthy choices. Bag up your trail mix or power bars for the week. Take the time to ration out nuts or pack your healthiest lunch or snack. This may take time and effort but it’s surely better than rummaging through your kitchen each morning and grabbing whatever you can find in a hurry. Taking the time to get things ready for the week ahead can really pay off and ensure that you are always at the ready with the right foods!
Constantly Look for New Inspiration and Ways to Be Creative
Any type of eating can get boring if it’s always centered around the same things. Sure eating grilled chicken and steamed broccoli is fine and good, but you are going to get bored if that’s the only thing that you eat. Mix it up a little bit and look for new recipes and ways of making some of your favorite foods. Try different spices. A little bit of inspiration from a new magazine or website can really go a long way!
Get creative and try to mix in new healthy foods all the time. Never tried mango? No time like the present! Try quinoa or homemade couscous if you need something different. Try a different way of cooking or a new type of fish if you are inclined. The point is that if you want to be prepared at all times and inspired to stick with the program, then you absolutely need to take the time to be creative. Find inspiration where it suits you best and always keep it interesting. This is how you stick with the program and how you are prepared for whatever comes your way.
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