6 Strategies For Healthy Eating Obstacles
The warm bread basket, I don’t cook, my busy schedule, I don’t like vegetables….yes I’ve heard it all. The many obstacles that get in the way of achieving your health goals. But, if you can identify the barriers, it’s always possible to brainstorm solutions and adopt new habits. All you need is an open mind, some planning, and guidance to get started. Try out these practical tips for your healthy eating obstacles.
Obstacle: "I don't have time to prep healthy meals."
Solution: Prepping healthy meals doesn't have to take a lot of time. Planning ahead is a great time-saver. For example, set some time aside on a Saturday or Sunday and prepare grilled meats and veggies in bulk. Cut up veggies, boil eggs, etc. for grab and go snacks and meals that you can reheat during the week. You can also keep it simple with a fresh salad, a piece of fruit, or a healthy sandwich or soup from a deli or grocery store.
Obstacle: "I don't like vegetables and fruits."
Solution: You don't need to like all vegetables and fruits. Just find some that you enjoy and experiment. Add them to your favorite recipes. Find new ways to prepare produce, such as grilling pineapple, or preparing soups. Add fruit and veggies to smoothies and sandwiches.
Obstacle: “I don't like to cook.”
Solution: Not interested in cooking? Cooking can be intimidating if you’re new to the kitchen. But, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to cook up a simple, healthy meal. It requires a few simple ingredients and the more you practice, the better you become. Many cookbooks offer recipes for quick and easy healthy meals. Or you can use creative shortcuts that don't require a lot of cooking, such as prepackaged vegetables and lean meats. Cooking is not only nourishing, but also a great way to relax and relieve stress!
Obstacle: "My family doesn't like to eat healthy, and it's too much work to cook different meals for everyone."
Solution: Get your family's input and help on foods they'd like to try which may make them more willing to experiment.You may be able to make some dishes healthier and tastier and your family won't even realize it. If you have a favorite dish, try preparing it with a different cooking method, such as baking rather than frying, using almond flour instead of bread crumbs, coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, etc.
Obstacle: "I can't give up sugar!"
Solution: As you prepare your healthy-eating plan, ask yourself how you can fit treats into the plan without derailing your overall health goals. If you give up all your favorite foods, you'll feel deprived. You can also try healthier versions of your favorite treats. For example, dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, lower sugar options of your favorite treats, or others made without added chemicals.
Obstacle: "When eating out, I don’t want healthy food".
Solution: If you want to enjoy your favorite foods, first recognize restaurant portions are way too large. So, enjoy half of your favorite meal and save the other half for the next day. Start with a salad or vegetable based soup and add a double serving of green vegetables to your meal. If you dine out often, it’s best to choose foods that are grilled, baked, or broiled.
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