FROM BLAND to TASTY: How to Get Boredom Out of Healthy Eating
Eating healthy consistently is a challenging lifestyle to lead but necessary because of health risks that people face, such as cardiovascular diseases. According to a Boston Medical Center report, nearly two-thirds of the United States’ population suffers from obesity. Still, it takes determination to maintain a healthy lifestyle without lapsing at any time. In particular, healthy food can taste bland after a few weeks of eating it and weaken the determination to keep the course. However, with a few tips, you can change this to enjoy the journey to a better self.
Monotony can make any experience very unbearable and easy to let go of. The same food, eaten over time, creates a feeling of satiation that is hardly solved by hunger. Invest in a cookbook or sign up to a recipe website to try out something new each week. This is one of the easiest ways to find a new favorite dish.
You can create new tastes as well by trying out different ways of making the same food. Instead of frying vegetables, eat them raw by mixing in some lime juice plus olive or coconut oil. Additionally, you can make grocery shopping more interesting by buying an item you have never used before. Look for ways, from the internet or books, of including it in a recipe. This will expose your taste buds to new foods that you were not previously aware of.
Another way that you can consistently enjoy healthy eating is by investing in a slow cooker. Sometimes, a busy lifestyle leaves a person hungry with little to no time to prepare a meal. The resulting stress and hunger pangs can make you turn to unhealthy comfort foods. To avoid this, toss healthy ingredients in a slow cooker in the morning, then come back in the evening to a warm, healthy meal. It is also important to keep healthy snacks, such as nuts or Greek yogurt, to eat on the go through the day to avoid feeling too hungry before meals.
The right spices can greatly enhance the taste of any vegetable or meat dish. It is ideal to go for natural ones such as red peppers, cilantro, garlic, and ginger. What’s more, you can grow spices in containers on the window sill or in the kitchen garden to have fresh ones when cooking. These include cilantro, red pepper, and thyme, as they do not require much tending. Alternatively, store excess spices in the refrigerator for another time.
It isn’t easy to eat clean when there is only one person in a group doing so. Having family or friends who are living the lifestyle is important for consistency as well as accountability. Support groups are especially helpful when you are faced with the temptation to quit or eat unhealthy food along the way.
Enjoy occasional treats, even those that do not have as much nutritional value, to stave off cravings. Keep moderation in mind, as any excesses would be retrogressive. An occasional piece of chocolate cake will not do any harm. Go ahead and enjoy some baked potato fries but keep your daily calorie intake within recommended amounts. To avoid over-indulgence, always have your fries with vegetables or dips high in a healthy fat like guacamole.
Further, find books that explain healthy eating in depth for the sole purpose of knowledge. Arming yourself with facts is a powerful tool for staying on track. This way, you get to understand the process and the reason behind it. It also helps to keep off myths that could get you off track.
Healthy eating can easily be turned from boring to a delight-some experience. For instance, trying new recipes and ingredients can take the monotony out of a diet plan. Besides eating healthy snacks on the go, what’s more, invest in a slow cooker to help on those days when you do not have time to cook and could result in comfort foods. Having people around who support and eat clean will make it easier for you to stay the course. Further, an occasional treat or a daily indulgence is harmless as long as you do not exceed the recommended daily calorie intake. Finally, it is needful to arm yourself with deep knowledge about healthy eating to fully understand the journey you are on.