I am definitely not the healthiest person in the world, but I do try to make healthy choices when I can. I love food. Mostly food that is bad for you. So I try to make my meals healthier in small ways that don’t take too much effort because I’m lazy. By making these changes as well as exercising regularly, I’ve lost quite a bit of weight in the last year and a half. I am by no means a health expert, but these simple tips should help you see results and live a healthier lifestyle.
Greek Yogurt is Your Friend
Greek yogurt is seriously one of the most versatile foods out there. You can use is to replace pretty much anything with the word “cream” in it and save yourself a lot of calories. Mac n cheese addict? Use greek yogurt to make the creamy sauce. Mexican food fanatic? Replace the sour cream with greek yogurt. There are so many uses for it, and you can barely taste the difference, I promise. Cream is one of the biggest culprits for adding calories to your meal. If you eat a lot of creamy foods, you will probably lose a few pounds by making the switch to greek yogurt.
Hide Your Veggies
I’ll admit it, I hate vegetables. I’m basically a kid when it comes to eating my veggies, so the only way to get me to eat them is to hide them in other things. This is a strategy parents often use with their kids, and if you hate vegetables as much as I do, this should work for you too. Now this doesn’t mean the veggies have to be invisible to the naked eye, it just means they need to be incorporated enough so that you don’t really notice them with every bite. I tend to chop them up real fine and add them to chili, greek yogurt mac n cheese, smoothies, and whatever else you can think of that has a sauce/liquid base. Youll be eating healthier without even realizing it.
Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
I have a serious problem with late night snacking. I know you shouldn’t eat right before bed, blah, blah, blah, but that never seems to stop me. What you can do about this though, is make sure you keep only healthy snacks on hand so that you can’t reach for the junk food. If it isn’t there, you can’t eat it. My biggest snack addiction is hummus (better if you make it yourself) and pitta. Just don’t overdo it. Some other good snack ideas are popcorn (skip the butter), rice cakes with peanut butter, and mixed nuts. If you’re feeling fancy, go for some low fat cheese and grapes.
Cook Instead of Eating Out
Okay, this one requires a bit of effort, but it is well worth it. I know eating out can be a big part of your social life, but it doesn’t have to be. Going on a date? Cook for each other instead of going to a restaurant. It’ll be more relaxed than sitting in a fancy restaurant and you’ll get to know each other better. Going out for a meal with friends? Take turns cooking for each other instead. Me and my friends had a competition going where we would take turns cooking and give each other scores, like on the show Come Dine with Me. It’s competitive and fun! You will eat healthier and not to mention, save money.
Eat Smaller Meals
This might seem like an obvious one, but it is really hard to actually follow. Sometimes a meal is just so good that you have to go for seconds, and before you know it you’re pregnant with a food baby. One psychological trick that supposedly works is using smaller plates. But if you don’t want to go out and buy new plates, just use you common sense. Remember that your stomach is as big as your fist, and fill your plate with a reasonable amount of food. Eat slowly and drink plenty of water so that you will know when you’re full. If you’re thinking about having seconds, wait 15 minutes and you probably won’t want it anymore.
Skip the Soda
You don’t have to cut pop completely out of your life, but keep it for special occasions. Drink water instead, or low sugar squash (concentrated fruit juice, for my non-UK readers) if you want something with more flavor. Squash probably isn’t good for you, but it’s better than a fizzy drink. And if you’re treating yourself to soda, go for the full calorie one instead of diet. Diet sodas are way worse for you in the long run due to all the chemicals in it that your body cannot process. You’re better off drinking a smaller amount of normal pop than a lot of zero calorie pop.