Eating healthy is often made to be much more complicated than necessary. There is so much conflicting evidence about what a “healthy diet” consists of, let alone finding the motivation to follow through. Here are some easy ways to eat a healthier diet without all the unnecessary struggle.
Take Weight Loss and Aesthetic Goals Out of it
While your long-term goal might be to eat healthier to shed a few pounds, this shouldn’t be your first goal. Put that aside, for now, to focus on eating a more nutritious diet. Don’t track your food in the beginning, including calories and macros. Make small, sustainable changes to your diet, like adding more fruits and vegetables, eating whole grains instead of refined grains, and having enough protein and healthy fats in your meals.
Focus on the Changes to Your Physical Health
Instead of thinking about aesthetic goals with eating healthier, start by thinking about how it can change your physical health. Make a list of ways you want to improve your health, such as having more energy, increasing your fiber intake to help with bowel movements, reducing any gut issues you experience, or improving your cholesterol levels.
By keeping these in mind, you are focused more on eating nutritious foods and less on just trying to restrict your foods for weight loss purposes.
Healthy Eating Also Impacts Your Emotional Health
Switching to a more nutritious diet can also change your life emotionally and mentally. This is another excellent thing to focus on as you try to eat healthier. For some people, their anxiety is increased by eating poorly, especially with high levels of junk food, caffeine, and alcohol. Maybe you have noticed that you feel more stressed when you don’t eat a healthy diet, or it lowers your self-confidence when you aren’t eating as healthy as you know you should be.
Stay Motivated With Smaller Goals
Think about small goals you can reach with healthy eating that will help to keep you motivated and on track. Again, these do not have weight loss or aesthetic goals as you switch to a more nutritious diet. Think of other goals you can set, such as:
- Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day
- Adding fruits or vegetables to every meal
- Reducing your snacks and eating more nutrient-dense meals
- Consistent goals, like eating a type of healthy diet for a certain number of days in a row
- Cooking more recipes from homeEating out less
Think of some goals related to healthy eating that will encourage you to take action to treat your body a little better.