Whenever you’re faced with the decision between a healthy meal and an unhealthy meal, do you find yourself choosing the unhealthy one every time?
The problem might be with the way you think about healthy foods. Sure, you might have told yourself it was time to eat more vegetables, but did you ever try to enjoy vegetables more?
When it comes to becoming and staying healthy, you have to bring out the big guns. You have to make sacrifices. You can train yourself – your brain – to love healthy foods.
Focus On What You Can Eat
If you want to move away from unhealthy foods, you’ll first need to know what else to eat.
- Meat: Humans have eaten meats like beef, pork, chicken, and lamb for thousands of years.
- Fish: Fatty fish that are high in omegas and protein, as well as other nutrients, should be eaten every week.
- Eggs: Eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet – especially the yolk. They’re super high in protein and are a great addition to a wide range of foods.
- Vegetables: This can’t be said enough – veggies are essential, every day. They are typically high in fiber and nutrients that are crucially important for your body.
- Fruits: Fruits are not only delicious, they’re very easy to prepare and tend to be high in fiber and vitamin C.
- Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds are some of the best snack foods out there. Not only are almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc. rich in nutrients, they’re also a filling, high-calorie food.
- Fats and Oils: Grapeseed oil, avocado oil, walnut oil – these oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
That’s a pretty wide variety of foods, isn’t it?
Learn to Indulge in Moderation
Your food preferences are learned, simple as that.
Despite the appearance of a wide range of choices, food manufacturers are repeatedly delivering very specific sorts of flavors – sweet and salty.
Some people say that cooking is the answer to this problem. When you only allow yourself to eat what you’ve cooked, you tend to go for healthier foods with more diverse ranges of taste.
What you need to do – as an individual and a family – is to break yourselves of your fast food habits. There may be a learning curve, but it will be worth it once you’ve achieved a healthier body.
When you do want to indulge, make sure it’s something you really want.
Remove All Temptations
This can be somewhat difficult if you have children with sweet tooth problems of their own. When you remove their favorite snacks from the fridge and cupboard, there might be hell to pay.
If this is the case, create a separate area for junk food that you never have to go through. That way, when you reach for the tin of walnuts, you won’t be tempted to sneak a few cookies.
Most importantly of all: stop yourself from mindlessly eating these temptations.
Make Healthy Food Your Go-To Food
You have to train yourself to replace these ritualistic food choices with healthy ones.
You can incorporate strictly healthy meals and snacks in your home as well.
Whatever you do, you have to make healthy foods the foods you choose most of the time.