Many people want to eat healthier. However, they find it challenging to change their habits. Sometimes when they dine out at restaurants that serve only healthy foods, it's easy. Sometimes it's easy when they're dining with friends who eat healthily. However, when you and your family are home after a long dayof working, school and running errands, you simply want to grab something quick and relax in front of the tube or read a good book or magazine.
When you think of tackling a household chore, you just feel too lazy. You realize they have to wake up at 6 or 7 am, giving you less than 12 hours of downtime. Soon you and your family’s stomachs are rumbling for dessert. Ice cream or cake is the only thing in the fridge.
Healthy eating becomes something you’ll do tomorrow. Then, tomorrow comes you have no idea what steps to should take to accomplish your goals. You don't want to become one of Australia's 63.4% of obese adults.
Where to Start
What most people don't realize is that the reason it's easier to eat healthier in certain situations is because those environments make it desirable and convenient to eat healthier.
In addition to choosing a form of regular exercise, it's also important to change your diet. Some people say they're able to lose weight with exercise alone. However, they typically eat healthier than most naturally. According to the experts, it's crucial to combine exercise with a healthy diet.
Changing Your Kitchen
If you make some small changes in the way you organize your kitchen, you will make healthy eating options more convenient for you and your family.
Clean Up and Clean Out
Clean unhealthy food out of your pantry and fridge. Get rid of clutter, stale food and other random stuff you find. A clean kitchen motivates you to come in and grab food.
Try Not to Watch TV or Use a Mobile Device in the Kitchen
When you do this, you graze on random foods from chips to popcorn. You grab a quick slice of bread and eat whole sandwiches within just a few minutes.
Remove Unhealthy Food from Sight
The only thing you should put on your counter is fruit and healthy snacks. Take unhealthy chips, crackers and cookies etc off your counter; off the top of your fridge and other places where you'll be tempted to grab them as a snack. Put healthy, quick snacks in place instead.
Buy Cooking Utensils You Like
If you enjoy slow cooked food, make sure to have a slow cooker. Make sure you have the types of kitchen tools that motivate you to cook. However, don't force yourself to cook 2-hour meals every weekday evening. You won't stick to your plan. Try to plan for quick meals that only take 20 minutes or so to cook. Make sure to have 2 or 3 sets of measuring cups so it's quick and easy to measure the proper serving sizes for meals and snacks.
Make Sure to Have a Supply of Pre-Cooked, Pre-Prepared Food
The reason most people eat unhealthily is because it's cheaper and more convenient. However, if you cut up fruit, you can just grab it and eat it. You can also cut up veggies and eat them with ready-made dip, along with a proper serving of healthy chips, crackers or bread. Pre-cook healthy meals with proteins and starches, veggies and fruit so you can just pop them in the microwave oven or stove.
If you smoke, now's the time to quit smoking as well. Smoking, drinking and consuming substances will increase your appetite and encourage you to eat comfort foods that aren't healthy. Smoking also reduces your ability to exercise properly.
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