What To Do When You Get Bored With Healthy Eating

healthy eating Nov 19, 2017

Staying the course when attempting to feed your body nutritious foods can be a challenge.

After a few months of sticking to a healthy diet, it’s easy to lean heavily on the same few food choices and meals can become flavorless. If you don’t take the time to mix up your menu, chances are that sooner or later you will become uninterested and fall back into your bad habits.

Check out these simple tips for what to do when you get bored with healthy eating.

Search for new recipe ideas.

As a fitness professional, one of the most commonly asked questions when talking with clients about diet is regarding recipes.

Planning ahead is the solution to keeping your body in tip-top shape. Today, the power of the internet can help you by providing endless, easy recipe ideas or give your favorite recipes a make-over.

While I understand that factoring cooking into your already over-booked days can seem impossible, it’s a must-do if you are striving to live a life full of energy and abundance.

Meal preparation will allow you to maintain momentum.

If you are like most people you have a job, commitments, responsibilities, and distractions that will take you off course every day. Nothing will ever beat your own home cooking for healthy eating on a budget.

When you are making meals from scratch, with whole foods, you know exactly what is going into your body. Cooking at home will keep you on track when trying to live your healthiest life. You must find the time to prepare nutrient rich food for yourself and your family.

Try new fruits and vegetables.

Eating a balanced diet, from a wide variety of nutritious, whole foods is vital for your overall well-being. For your body to live, grow, and function properly, it requires the essential nutrients from the food you eat for its good health and daily maintenance.

Make an effort to keep things interesting by swapping out your usual produce choices. Instead of iceberg lettuce, try a bag of mixed greens or just as crispy romaine. Just because you typically choose blueberries doesn’t mean you can’t change it up and purchase mango or papaya instead.

Plan ahead to manage healthy eating on a budget.

As food prices continue to rise, so does a trip to the grocery store. As a shopper, with the combination of climbing prices and a falling budget, you are constantly challenged to find economical ways to keep your body and your bank account healthy.

Make smart choices at the grocery store by planning ahead; it will be essential to your success. Research reveals that two thirds of what we purchase at the supermarket we had no intention of buying. A sure way to bust your grocery budget is by wandering franticly down the aisles and throwing whatever looks good into your cart. Once you’ve made your grocery list, stick to it!

Eat with your eyes by adding color to your plate.

Picture this—a bed of brown rice with a sliced chicken breast on top—are you salivating yet? Probably not. I’m not hating on beige but we eat with our eyes first. It is hardwired into the brain and is deeply rooted in evolution.

When shopping, add more color to your grocery cart with brightly colored fruits and vegetables. A plate adorned with colorful purple potatoes, red peppers, or yellow corn may be just what you need to take a family favorite recipe to a whole new level.

Spice things up!

Add loads of flavor and enjoy your food by trying new seasonings. There’s no need to settle for bland meals when you can bring a new dimension of taste to your meals without making a huge dent in your wallet or your waistline.

Items like citrus juices and zests, shallots, and flavored vinegars are readily available across the country. Get to know and use new spices; keep your pantry stocked and your meals will avoid becoming monotonous.

Low-calorie condiments like specialty mustard, chunky salsa, steak sauce or spicy sriracha sauce can turn a bland, boring dish into a bright, bold meal!

Think outside the box when considering protein choices.

When opting for protein, chances are the first foods that come to your mind are chicken and fish. However, there are plenty of other healthy alternatives readily available.

Skip the meat department and get your protein from other sources. Budget friendly items like eggs can make tasty omelets, dried beans are the beginnings for hearty soups, and Greek yogurt with nuts and sliced fruit can taste decadent while still being a healthy substitute to meat.

Nuts and nut butters, jerky, hummus, and cheese are just a few simple and quick ways to mix up your meals and still get a high-quality food on your plate.

If your diet becomes tedious, you probably won’t stick with it.

Eating the same foods week after week can and will become repetitive and monotonous; your meals don’t have to be flavorless and ho-hum.

To avoid reverting back to your old ways simply follow these guidelines when you’re faced with what to do when you get bored with eating healthy.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582


 

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