Many people have trouble with fad diets because they’re short-term and typically restrictive.
A more holistic approach to your health is to modify your eating habits so that they are beneficial and sustainable. It can seem intimidating to do this at first but with a little research and planning, you can take baby steps towards becoming healthier.
Keep reading for the top 13 healthy eating hacks to get healthy (that don’t involve crazy dieting).
1. Identify Why You Want to Make Changes
Before modifying the way you treat food, you should ask yourself what you’re wanting to gain out of it.
For some, healthy choices are made simply because it makes them feel better physically and mentally. For others, it’s a proactive choice to live longer and better with more energy to share with their loved ones.
Think about what’s driving you to live a healthier life and let that be the passion that drives your choices. This will help you set specific goals and choose the right steps to reach them.
2. Make a Plan
With your “why” identified, you can begin to make a plan. Even if someone is making the plan for you, like with the Optimum Energy Program, it’s important to know ahead of time the steps involved in reaching your goals.
This may include making weekly shopping lists, ideas of meals, and things you can prepare ahead of time to keep you on track.
3. Get Healthy With a Buddy
Accountability is key. You can find support by having others making the same changes as you.
It can be your partner, your kids, your friends, or anyone else who wants to make better eating choices.
Together, you can set small goals, encourage each other, and have daily check-ins to keep you on track.
4. Change the Way You Cook
A simple way to boost your healthy eating game is to switch your cooking methods. It may take a little time to master new techniques but it’s well worth it.
Instead of broiling or frying, try better cooking options like:
If you’re making this switch, consider using healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil.
5. Make Healthy Snacking Easy
We often make unhealthy choices out of convenience.
To avoid this, try setting healthy non-perishable snacks around your home, office, and in your car. This can include things like granola, nuts, and dried fruits.
That way, you can have a good snack at your fingertips whenever you become peckish.
6. Eat Smaller Portions
Overeating can happen from stress, habit, or simply because you’re using too big of plates.
We don’t notice we’re doing it most of the time. To change that, it’s helpful to think about your portions and their nutritional content before you eat it. This will help you monitor any excessive intake.
7. Slow Down at Meal Time
Eating slower can help you eat smaller portions, digest food better, and absorb more nutrients from your food.
Try this: while you’re eating, chew each bite completely. Don’t pick out your next bite until you’re finished with the one you’re chewing on.
If that doesn’t help, you can always switch your utensil to your opposite hand to mechanically slow yourself down.
8. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is essential in every bodily process we have — including appetite and digestion. We simply can’t be healthy without it.
Be sure to drink more than enough water daily. Slowly switch from daily sodas and alcohol to options like sparkling water and herbal teas.
9. Be Careful With Diet Restrictions
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to avoid foods with fats or calories. In fact, foods labeled “low-fat”, “fat-free”, and “low-calorie” often have more sugar and harmful ingredients in them.
Instead of making a giant “no” list, focus on foods you want to eat more of.
10. Choose Organic Options
Choosing organic allows you to avoid harmful pesticides and toxins that are often put on normal crops.
Plus, organic foods are less likely to have added processed ingredients in them.
11. Get Plenty of Proteins
High protein eating habits can boost your metabolism while reducing your appetite.
Be sure to get your fill of healthy protein from sources like Greek yogurt, nuts, vegetables, and eggs. They will help you feel stronger and better all around.
12. Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods
The best tip we can give you is to choose nutrient-rich foods over pre-packed stuff.
Shop for plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fat sources so that your pantry is stocked with everything you need. When you can, buy everything fresh so that you can prepare it in the best way possible.
Over time, you can work towards eating more and more of these things every day until suddenly you’ve cut out all of the junk without noticing it.
13. Take It One Step at a Time
Rather than expecting yourself to make a bunch of changes at once, try to implement one change at a time.
For example, if you eat at restaurants often, try to start eating at ones that offer mostly organic and healthy options. Another approach is to try cooking one new healthy recipe per week.
Choose a step that you know is realistic for you. If you want to cut out processed sugars, try decreasing the amount of sugar you add to meals and drinks. Once you’ve accomplished that, you can start tackling sugar in candy, snacks, and drinks.
Make Sustainable Choices
If you want to get healthy, take these 13 tips and make a plan that will last in the long run.
By being mindful of what you eat and when you eat it, you can change your life one day at a time.
Keep reading our blog for more health tips to become the best version of yourself.