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June 4th, 2011
Healthy Eating Doesn't Have To Be Hard
After being overweight for over a decade, I decided I wanted to be thin again. But as I started losing weight, I realized that being HEALTHY was far more important than being thin. Being Healthy is a lifestyle change, that begins with eating.
Eating healthy can be done, and it’s not as hard as everybody thinks. People can still have things that taste good, satisfy their cravings, and it doesn't have to cost a whole lot. It just takes a goal, a plan, motivation, and self control.
The control happens at the ingredient level, not the taste level. The goal is to enjoy eating a healthy diet, staying motivated and satisfied with taste-worthy alternatives.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland, boring, difficult, or expensive. Most people think when they hear the word diet it means starvation, bland food and unrealistic weight loss goals. But “diet” is just another term for what we eat.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland!
With a stretch of imagination, and a bit of culinary know how, you can make mouth watering meals from healthy food items. For instance, there are many ways you can combine those greens, nuts, and fruits, to create a wonderful salad. If you want to do some cooking, try combining a fruit or two with your lean meat. Try adding new spices. Use balsamic vinegar or olive vinaigrette as salad dressing. Healthy food doesn’t always have to be bland or boring. It’s up to you to make your food more flavorful!
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring!
There’s more to eating a healthy diet than living on dry oats, carrot sticks, and rice cakes. Thankfully, healthy food can be just as delicious as the food you eat everyday, and you don’t have to go to a special health food store to get it. Did you know that ALL foods can be eaten as part of a healthy diet; the key is getting the balance right! Healthy -- Cheap and Simple has the very best healthy recipes, plus tips for incorporating health food into your diet.
Healthy food doesn’t need to be hard work!
Whether you’re at home, work, school, or out and about, you don’t have to make a special effort to find healthy food to enjoy. Healthy food is readily available everywhere you go, it’s just the matter of knowing what to chose and grabbing it!
Healthy foods don’t have to cost more!
You don’t need to buy expensive food products to eat a healthy diet. By simply choosing a variety of fresh foods as close to their natural state as possible, ensures your bodies get all the goodness it needs, and saves your budget. Buy in-season, on-sale items and you will save even more!
Preparing meals at home may seem harder than already made meals or eating out, but it is essential not just to save money, but to know WHAT you are eating, and cutting down on added salt, fat, calories, additives and preservatives.
The key to eating healthy and tasty is to be creative. For instance, if you love Mexican food, find recipes (or create your own), using healthier food alternatives to the traditional (using whole-wheat tortillas in enchiladas for example). All you need to do is be creative, and enjoy the food you are eating. Its much more satisfying when you have created a healthy, delicious dish then running out and getting junk food through a drive-through. There are thousands of healthy foods that you can eat that aren’t boring. What it comes down to is changing your behaviors.
Just like creating a habit of exercising, or trying to break a bad habit, eating un-boring, healthy foods is a habit that needs to be formed. You probably have the habit of eating the same meals in a one to two week rotation. You have a habit of eating what you know how to cook. Getting creative and eating healthy are habits that take a while to get used to.
There are several publications dedicated to eating healthy and keeping it un-boring. Cooking Light magazine is one of the more popular publications, but I am a huge fan of Eatingwell.com. There are also many other recipe websites I have found very helpful. I have listed them all on my links page.
So next time you think this is all too hard for you, have a look at some of my recipes, even better – try a couple so you can see for yourself that it really isn’t that hard to eat healthy, even on a budget.
(From the articles, "Healthy Eating Doesn't Have to Be Hard Work”, and "Getting Creative with Food")