Let’s face it. Going on a diet and eating healthy is not the easiest thing to do. This is especially true if you’re the only one trying to eat healthy. When everyone around you is splurging and eating unhealthy food, it can be very tempting to join in. However, if you want to live a healthier lifestyle, you’ll need to resist. These tips will help you eat healthy, even when everyone around you is not.
Eat Something Sweet
When you switch to a healthier diet, unfortunately many of those sweet foods and treats are not allowed. Thankfully, if you have a sweet tooth, there are many other sweet options that are still healthy. Find a sweet but healthy treat that you love and reward yourself for healthy eating with it. Fresh or frozen fruit is a great way to “indulge” those sweet cravings.
Snack Before an Event
If you know you’re going to be around a lot of people during a meal, be prepared. Before heading to your event, eat a favourite snack. By filling your stomach a little before you’re around others, you’ll be less likely to crave the unhealthy foods around you. If someone offers you something not in your diet, you can politely explain that you’re not interested because you had a light meal before coming.
Keep an Eye on the Goal
If you want to know how to eat healthy, you need to know how to keep your eye on the goal. If you’re eating healthy to lose weight, keep your eye on the goal by weighing yourself and celebrating each pound lost. If you’re eating healthy for medical reason, keep a journal describing how you feel after those healthy meals versus the unhealthy ones. Regardless of your reason, keep an eye on the goal so that unhealthy foods are less tempting.
Eat What You Like
Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t eat what you like. In order to stay happy with your diet, make sure you include your favourite dishes. If your favourite dish isn’t the healthiest, try finding a healthier spin on it. For example, if you love pizza, try making pizza with a cauliflower crust. This will give you the same great taste you love without compromising on your health goals.
Ask for Support
Ask for the support of those closest to you. Let co-workers, family and friends know about the healthy lifestyle changes that you’re trying to make. Let them know that you’d appreciate it if they helped you along the way by helping to keep naughty foods out of sight. You may even want to see if anyone wants to join you on your journey!
When you follow these tips, you’ll know how to eat healthy, regardless of what everyone around you is eating. What are your favourite tips for eating healthy?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!