Although you may want to be fit and healthy, sometimes the idea of dieting seems depressing. Many people think of dieting as eating a bunch of foods they don’t like and skipping all the ones they do like. However, nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to eat healthily, there are a whole wide range of options to choose from. Read on to learn how to enjoy eating more nutritiously.
First, think about all the reasons that you want to eat more healthily. Although you may enjoy cookies, sweets or potato chips while you’re eating them, they don’t benefit you in the long run. Make a list of the benefits of eating a more nutritious diet such as having more energy, living to see your children or grandchildren grow up and liking what you see when you look in the mirror. Make copies of your list and post them all over your house. It’s especially important to put them on your refrigerator and over your bathroom scale so that you can remember why you’re doing this.
Resolve to change your diet to include more nutritious foods. Don’t assume this means you’ll be eating nothing but salads. If you’re not a salad eater, there are plenty of other ways to get the nutrition you need!
You need to eat a lot of leafy green vegetables, so experiment with different ones to see which ones you like. You might try kale one week, spinach the next and lettuce the third. You might also look online or in the library for recipes that involve these foods so you can try different ways of making them.
Similarly, don’t give up before you begin because you can’t eat red meat every night. Experiment with chicken and fish recipes. Not only might you discover you like these alternative sources of protein better than you thought you would, but you might find ways to prepare them that remind you of the red meat you love. For example, you can make chicken burgers or use the same seasonings on chicken or fish that you use on beef. You might also try turkey bacon or chicken hot dogs instead of eating pork.
Focus on eating and enjoying healthy foods instead of thinking constantly about the foods you can’t have. You might want to look for low calorie substitutes for ice cream and cookies so that you can enjoy them when your sweet tooth starts acting up, however. You can also have red meat or alcohol in moderation.
Make sure you build some room for “cheating” into your diet, too. If you’re at a party and everyone else is eating pizza and cake, you’re going to feel resentful if you refuse these items. So let yourself eat them on special occasions. Just make sure you don’t overeat when you indulge yourself.
Eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring or annoying. Don’t think of your diet as a burden; find ways to make it fun and exciting. If you enjoy what you’re eating along with enjoying the health benefits of your diet plan, you’re more likely to stick to your healthy diet.