Eating healthy provide many advantages to our body and performance every day. Even though most of us want to opt out of fast food, we are not prepared enough to maintain a healthy food lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you maintain healthy eating habits:
- Prepare in advance: If you have your menu and/or ingredients ready when you get hungry, then you are less likely to run to the grocery store for a quick snack. You can make a weekly or bi-weekly food plan, so you know exactly all what you need to buy in advance and have it ready. Its okay to miss out on some plans in the beginning, Try to stay true to at least 3 days in the week and become more and more consistent. Changing the days around is okay, as long as the menu stays healthy. It is also a great exercise to let your kids decide to make the menu with you.
- Have some spare fruits and vegetables around the home so that you can have something to feed on during your unpredictable cravings. Fruits and veggies can be expensive sometimes so you can buy dry fruits, peanuts or other healthy products that can last for a good while.
- Put your extra foods in a well-closed container and leave it in the freezer. You can conserve food in the freezer for 3-6 months and it is still good to eat. It loses nutrients over time but beats last minute calls to the nearest restaurant. You can find some really tasty frozen food recipes online that you can prepare and stock your freezer with. Depending on how busy you are, a mini freezer to keep them in is a good investment on the long run.
- If it is tedious cooking or you don’t know how to prepare a variety of dishes, you can team up with a neighbour and take turns. You can share your cooking skills and improve together. Also join in o3’s community kitchen. Having confidence in your cooking is not only beneficial to you but also for your child. You can teach them a little bit, even if it is to imitate with fake kitchen ware. Cooking is very educational and helps kid’s development because of the many instructions and actions.
How do you know what food are healthy?
Almost all foods that are in their natural state (not yet been processed and packaged) are healthy. But don’t forget to wash and wipe them to remove residue as they can cause contaminations. Here is a list of the healthiest natural foods(according to authoritynutrition.com): apples, avocados, banana, blueberries, oranges, strawberries, eggs, lean beef, chicken breasts, lamb, almonds, chia seeds, coconuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, peanuts, , asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, garlic, kale, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce zucchini, salmon, sardines, shellfish, trout, tuna, , brown rice, oats, quinoa, Ezekiel bread, homemade low-carb breads, green beans, kidney beans, lentils, cheese, whole milk, yogurt, butter from grass fed cows, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple cider vinegar and dark chocolate.
Of course, there are more, but these are very common and a good starting point. Start making your plan to eat healthier today. Here is a weekly food planner that you can use to make your plan.