Healthy eating is probably one of the most popular goals, one that just about everyone has. That being said, it can be a very daunting task at first glance, between dieting crazes, and the crazy amount of weight loss pills and shakes that are constantly advertised on the market, the idea of healthy eating has turned into an unreachable goal for some, but with these tips you’ll see that it’s not quite as hard as it seems.
The best way to add healthy habits is to start with a routine, this will make easing into healthy habits easier, no need to go cold turkey. Meal prepping is extremely convenient and a great routine to start for those who don't have the time to cook every day. Another pro to this method is that cooking at home enables you to know exactly what’s being put into your food. Actively search for new recipes so this routine doesn’t become boring; when you fall into a rut of eating the same foods, even if they are healthy, it can make eating a chore. When it comes to trying out new recipes, remember that one thing can be cooked in many different ways. You may hate broccoli when it’s steamed, but love it when it's baked!
Secondly, create a healthy relationship with food, eating healthy doesn't have to feel like Bootcamp. Allow yourself a cheat day, or meal, to indulge. If you slip up outside of these cheat times, don't beat yourself up! It’s also important to recognize when you’re actually hungry. The body can confuse hunger for thirst when you’re dehydrated, so make sure to drink plenty of water. For those times you are feeling hungry, keep healthy snacks on hand, this will stop you from reaching for fast food as often.
Now, for parents of picky eaters, this process might be a little harder, but patience is key. Try getting your child involved in the kitchen, this will give them a positive attitude towards food, and hopefully, encourage them to try new foods. Involving them in the grocery shopping process will help later in life as well, when it’s time for them to start making their own dishes, they’ll know what to look for. Try to make eating fun by cutting veggies into fun little shapes. According to Karen Cicero and Damarys Ocaña Perez, introducing new foods with foods that they already like will make them more open to trying it ( Cicero, Perez). A picky eater is also more likely to eat what they see others around them eat, so make sure to model healthy habits!
Hopefully, with these tips, healthy eating won't be as laborious, and these healthy habits turn into a healthy lifestyle!
Tags: Healthy Habits, Routines, Advice
Field, L. (2019, August 7). 10 Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters. Retrieved from https://www.nurturelife.com/blog/10-tips-feeding-picky-eaters/.
Cicero, K., & Perez, D. O. (n.d.). 9 Proven Strategies for Picky Eaters. Retrieved from https://www.parents.com/recipes/nutrition/picky-eater-strategies/.
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