There’s a lot of chatter around food and eating habits lately thanks, in particular, to an eye-opening–and slightly scary–documentary on Netflix titled What the Health. People everywhere are starting to rethink their food choices, dietary habits, and the way they think about food and for good reason. Although this documentary is one you’ll just have to watch for yourself (and take what you see with a grain of salt) there is much to be said about the effects that food have on your health and life. And while, we won’t tell you to stop eating meat and go vegan, there are ways to simply eat better in general.
STRESS-FREE WAYS TO EAT BETTER
- Stock up on healthy snacks. One of the main reasons people fail at healthy eating is they get all the healthy recipes for their main meals but fall short when it comes to snacks. Those salads for lunch are less effective when followed up with a bag of spicy Doritos for you midday snack. If you want to stay on track with your eating habits, make sure you have healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, or greek yogurt on hand to keep you on track when you’re in the mood for a treat.
- Make vegetables the main part of your meal. Okay, we know that being vegan is “the thing” to do these days, but simply eating more vegetables during your meals is a great way to improve your eating habits. Instead of looking at vegetables as a side to your meal, try making them the main course while adding smaller sides of grains and meat.
- Meal prep. Many times, we fail at eating better because we simply aren’t prepared. When you’re unprepared and unorganized, it makes stopping at that fast food restaurant that you were already craving, much more appealing. Spend some time at the beginning of the week prepping your lunches and dinners to ensure you have healthy meals ready to go during the week.
- Embrace smoothie life. A great way to get a big dose of fruits and vegetables in your diet is by loading them all up in a smoothie. Instead the traditional carb heavy breakfasts we’re used to, replace them with a smoothie full of your favorite fruits and even a few vegetables you wouldn’t otherwise eat. Spinach, kale, chard, are a few green smoothie staples. This is also a great way to incorporate other nutrients into your diet that you typically lack as well. Add in ingredients like chia seeds, flax seeds, matcha powder to give you smoothie a nutrient boost.
- Make water your best friend. Water will always play a role when we talk about eating better. Drink water and lots of it daily. Not only is water a great part of good health overall but i works to keep you hydrated, energized, and is the perfect replacement for sugar heavy drinks and sodas that sneak their way into our healthy diets.