The most common excuse I hear about why someone isn’t eating healthy is: “I don’t have time to eat healthy” (of course, there is always the “healthy foods taste like cardboard” excuse, but that’s an entirely different subject). So why don’t people have time to eat healthy? School, work, and family are the most common healthy-eating deterrents. However, a busy schedule doesn’t have to mean fatty, high sodium, processed foods. It can be just as simple to eat healthy on a busy schedule as to eat unhealthy. It takes the same amount of effort to order a salad than it does a slice of pizza and it takes even less effort to grab an apple than it does to heat up a pop-tart.
So when you wake up tomorrow morning think to yourself: “My eating yesterday didn’t make me feel very healthy. Today I want to make a healthy change.” It is as simple as that. When you start your day with a healthy mindset, making healthy decisions will easily follow.
The first meal of the day is the most important. Breakfast will give you the energy you need to stay on track all day, not to mention that when you start your day with a good food choice you are more likely to make better choices throughout the day. We all know what a good choice is: oatmeal and other whole grains, fruit, eggs, veggies, and other natural choices. If you don’t have time in the morning, prep the night before. A good breakfast is an essential part of a healthy day. Before you leave the house, grab a few pieces of fruit, maybe some nuts or trail mix to have with you as snacks throughout the day.
So this is where the hard part starts; lunch out with friends, family or coworkers. Whether you order out, eat out or dine in there is always a healthy option, even if it doesn’t seem like there is. Half the battle in making a healthy decision is knowing what a healthy choice is, such as watch out for heavy dressing, added sodium and highly processed foods. Instead, stick with a protein source, a vegetable and a whole grain. The other half of making a healthy food choice is having a healthy mindset. “I want to be the best I can be and feed my body what it deserves.” With that mindset and the knowledge you already have, you are ready to make healthy choices every day.
At Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts, our fitness, nutrition and behavior change coaching classes can assist you in making those healthy food choices, and exploring your old bad habits and creating new ones. Once you leave our program you will feel confident, look great, have more energy, and have a stronger and healthier mindset! When you are good to your body, it will be good to you in return.