If, like me, you always start off your healthy eating plans with the best intentions, but after a few short weeks find yourself wavering, then you are in the right place.
It is okay to admit it, eating healthily is hard. Especially, when there are so many delicious snacks on offer at every coffee shop, not to mention every amazing restaurant in NYC. Staying on track with healthy eating can be really hard. However, with the right plan and support in place, it isn’t impossible
There are many ways you can keep yourself on track and motivate yourself to stick to your healthy eating plan. All it takes is a little bit of willpower and some planning.
To help you stick to it, I have put together a list of five fantastic tips that should ensure you stay on track.
- Plan your meals
It’s simple: plan your meals in advance, and you will be less likely to cheat on your healthy eating plan. Planning your meals out in advance, will not only help you stick to your diet, it will also allow you to stick to your budget, if you have one.
Each Sunday morning, or whatever day you go to the store, sit down and create a meal plan for the week. This will allow you to create a list of everything that you need to buy. Knowing what you are eating each day, should help you stick to your diet plan.
- Take your own lunch to work
Don’t order seamless everyday or snack at your favorite coffee shop, as you will be more likely to stray from your healthy eating and eat something naughty, like a cake or cookie. To prevent this from happening, take a healthy lunch to work with you every day.
Each weekend, cook up a large batch of healthy meals, thing like curry and wholegrain rice, soups, and stews are all ideal. Pot each dish up into lunch-sized containers and take one to work with you each day.
If you have a sweet tooth and suffer from post-lunch cravings, make sure to take a fruit salad or low-fat yogurt to work, to eat after your meal.
- Mix it up
Don’t stick to the same meals every week, make sure to mix it up and try out at least one new healthy recipe a week. This will prevent you from getting bored and deviating from your healthy eating plan.
There are so many fantastic healthy recipes to try, from exotic curries and delicious pasta dishes to simple stews and saucy meat dishes. Don’t get stuck in a routine of eating the same dishes each week, make the effort to try something new.
- Don’t keep junk food in the house
If you don’t buy it, it won’t be there to tempt you. It will be hard to begin with, but within a few days you will get used to it and will be happy to not have temptation in every cupboard.
Replace junk food with your favorite fruits and yogurts. Things like strawberries, raspberries and mango are healthy and delicious and are fantastic for hitting those sugar cravings.
- Prep in advance
Prepare a range of healthy snacks in advance, so that when you have a food craving there is something healthy for you to nibble on.
Things like hummus and carrot sticks, nuts and seeds and low-calorie crackers are all good snack ideas.
What are your tips?