No More Misery: Top Tips for Fun Healthy Eating
It’s no secret that children sometimes have to be cajoled into eating healthy foods. But sometimes healthy eating is no fun for adults either. As much as you try to eat salad and avoid burgers, you still like one of them much more than the other. Improving your diet can take a lot of effort, and you don’t want eating to feel like so much work. It can get you down if you’re not careful, and then you could give up. Children aren’t the only ones who might need to make healthy eating more fun so that it’s easier to do. If you require some help sticking to your new diet, try these methods.
Learn to Enjoy Preparing Food
One of the reasons many people struggle to eat healthily is that they don’t enjoy cooking. It’s much easier just to put something frozen in the oven than to prepare a meal from scratch. It’s understandable that some people find cooking boring. But if you want a healthy meal, you have to be prepared to put in a small amount of effort. If cooking doesn’t excite you, do it while you do something else. Put on some music or a podcast, or watch TV as you chop vegetables. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. If you want to reduce your cooking time, you can buy prepared ingredients. However, remember that it will boost your grocery bill.
Watch Cooking Shows and Videos
Sometimes healthy eating can become difficult because you don’t know what to make. You get stuck making the same meals over and over again. While some people enjoy spending their time looking for new recipes, not everyone is so keen. However, if you’re not a fan of recipe books, you might prefer to watch people cooking. Seeing someone produce the end result of a recipe, especially when they do it quickly, can inspire you to try for yourself. You can find lots of short demonstrations, like the entertaining Hampton Creek videos on YouTube.
Look for the Foods You Love
You might have an idea in your head of what healthy food looks like. However, there are many ways to be healthy. If you don’t like lettuce of any kind, you don’t have to eat it. When you start your healthy eating journey, you should be on a mission to find the things you love. If you don’t enjoy salads with leafy greens, you might prefer one made with couscous and vegetables. If you don’t enjoy carrots or peppers, try some more exotic vegetables to see what tickles your tastebuds.
Healthy eating isn’t a punishment, and it shouldn’t make you miserable. Even the most virtuous of healthy eaters occasionally allow themselves a treat. You might decide that you’re going to have a cheat day when you can eat what you want for one day a week. Another thing you could do is reward yourself with one thing you love every day. As long as you factor it into your diet, it won’t kill you to have something naughty.
Try some of these tricks to make healthy eat more enjoyable. If it’s making you sad, you’re doing it wrong.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!