If you’re just starting out with this whole healthy eating thing, be prepared. It can get very overwhelming, very fast.
Have no fear, I’m here to share even more information. (I know, more info, commmon.) But honestly, I wish someone had told me these simple tips when I had first started my healthy eating. Because, in reality, I was super overwhelmed thinking, ok I have to try this powder, and include these mushroom teas, these adaptogens, be dairy free, and SO MANY other things!
I didn’t know where to start, and I also had this sinking feeling because not only could I not afford all of these fancy trends but I literally could not get them all into my body in one day. Plus you have to be consistent with them in order to truly feel the effects.
But, in reality everyone’s health journey is different. Therefore, for me, the simpler the better. Not to knock anyone who uses all sorts of different foods, herbs, and supplements to help heal and support their body. But for me I just needed to focus on good food for good fuel.
Now, because I fully understand how overwhelming the health and wellness trends can be, I want to share healthy eating made simple, to take a load off you my friend.
First of all, I eat to fuel. But, there are many different things I’m fuelling. This includes, energy, nourishment, cravings, happiness, and comfort. See what I did there? Not only am I looking to fuel my body as best I can energy wise and nourishment wise, but I’m also looking to fuel my mind. CRAVINGS, HAPPINESS, AND COMFORT. And over the years I have realized how important these are for my relationship with food.
Eating healthy is not only about getting the best foods into your body, but also building a healthy relationship with food itself.
So, when I allow myself to honour my body; the cravings, the comfort, and happiness through food, I in turn develop a healthy relationship with food. Mind you, this has taken years to figure out, and I’m still learning, but I want you to take away the idea that fuelling comes in many forms.
So, my tips for healthy eating made simple.
Eat real food.
By this I mean, little to no packaging. If there is packaging, look for minimal ingredients (real ingredients!). If you can’t pronounce it, probably not a good thing, right? Make the bulk of your groceries fruits and vegetables. The more you eat real food, the better you’ll feel.
Plan and prepare.
Plan your meals for the week. It literally takes 10 minutes on a Sunday guys! If you’re struggling to come up with healthy meal ideas, have a look on Pinterest, there are thousands! One of my go-tos is chicken and veggies with sweet potatoes. Always satisfying, and simple. I also have a Meal Plan Template here that you can use to help you with this.
Eat from the fridge.
Something I try to remember when I’m in a snacking mood or just hanging around the kitchen, not sure what to have, is eat out of the fridge, not the cupboard. Stuff in the fridge has a quick expiration date, therefore, its fresh, typically grown in the ground. Stuff in the cupboards are usually packaged, and with no expiration date (yikes).
Use spices, and lots of them.
Honestly, spices are a saving grace, in terms of boosting flavour! They can make a huge difference in your mealtimes and how much you enjoy your food. Figure out your favourites and throw that stuff on everything! My favourites are cinnamon for sweeter foods, garlic powder, pepper, cayenne, basil, chilli flakes, and paprika for dinner time meals!
Start making your own sauces.
Make your own dressings, pasta sauces (buy basic tomato sauce and add to it), dipping sauces (cashew sauces are my favourite), stir fry sauces, etc. Any store bought sauce typically has tons of preservatives, sugar, and weary ingredients in them. So try making your own!
Reduce added sugars.
Start removing added sugar from your diet, or replacing them with more natural ones. Some good options are maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, or cane sugar. No more white or brown sugar!
So, there you have it. My few simple healthy eating tips to make things less complicated for you guys. No you don’t need to go on the KETO diet, or dairy free, or start drinking all the mushroom teas. However, just do the best you can, follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to eating healthier and feeling healthier!