When it comes to effectively taking control of our health, one of the most important factors to evaluate is our diet. Healthy eating is quite simple in reality, but it can sometimes feel more difficult than it is, simply because we are more accustomed to dedicating our time to other things, like relaxing after a long, hard day, or working through lunch and having something ordered to the office. The average individual in this modern age is busier than ever, and this can make it easy to slip out of healthy habits, including diet. It is understandable, but it is also not necessarily inevitable. Here are the three main concepts to maintaining a healthy approach to eating. Thinking outside the box when you are busy It is so easy to get into the habit of grabbing something quick and easy when you are busy. Quite often, what these easy options tend to be are unhealthy (think chips, a chocolate bar, fast food, a soda, etc). However, being busy does not warrant not taking care of ourselves. In fact, it is when we are busy that taking good care of ourselves and our health is most important ? it is so easy to get run down and out of sync if we let ourselves lose focus. Sometimes, taking control when busy is as simple as making a shake with protein powder a previously frozen cut up banana, and almond milk is the perfect breakfast for someone who is on the go. It?s also super healthy ? the health benefits of protein powder are clear. Similarly, if you are busy at work during the week, spend an hour or two on Sunday evening meal prepping a salad or vegetable mix for your lunches during the week. Keeping healthy snacks ready at home When we get too hungry, we tend to grab for the easiest thing available so we can quell the hunger. Instead of making it easy to grab for a packet of chips, or frozen pigs in a blanket, because they require little to no preparation, have healthy snacks around the house. Spend a few hours each weekend going to the grocery store and then preparing these snacks. Whether this means cutting up vegetables (like carrots, celery, or cucumber) into sticks, making one?s own hummus, making a big fruit salad, or even just creating one?s own nut mix to snack on during the week, the point remains the same: taking some time over the weekend to prepare for the week ahead will help to quell temptation and keep health and wellness at the forefront of the mind, always. Shopping the outer aisles when buying groceries Maintaining a healthy diet really does not have to be difficult. It is common knowledge that going to the grocery store to do the weekly or fortnightly shop, or even just to pick up a few things, puts one squarely in the road of temptation. But it does not have to be like this. Quite simply, when going to the grocery store (if you do not do your food shop at the farmers? market which, let?s be honest, does not always work for everyone, as incredible of an option as it is), avoiding the inner aisles is the best way to ensure you do not end up slipping in more treats than intended. All the healthy produce is stocked on the outer aisles, with a few healthy staples in the inner aisles. There is no way to avoid the inner aisles altogether, most of the time, but making sure you shop mostly in the outer aisles is the golden answer to ensuring you do not fall off the healthy eating bandwagon. Conclusion Eating healthy is a key part of living a thriving, happy lifestyle. Follow this simple tips to help make it happen.
John Henning is a nutritionist, freelance writer, and food blogger that provides accessible nutrition info to help people live a healthier life. His unique approach to nutrition emphasizes nutrient-dense, whole foods and healthy habits rather than restrictive diets.