- IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. I often think about the way I will feel after I eat something. I want food to make me feel good, not bad.
- MAKE HEALTHIER VERSIONS. I make a lot of healthier versions of foods if I get a craving for it. For example- if I’m craving pizza- I like to make my own flour crust or use a cauliflower crust at home and add a bunch of veggies to it. This always satisfies my craving. Another example is if I’m craving cookies or something else sweet- I usually find healthy dessert recipes from food accounts I follow on Instagram or Pinterest OR make something of my own. Also, there are so many companies that make healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods that are seriously so good and good for you! I will share my favorite brands below. Yes, it can be pricey but it’s worth the price to me knowing that I’m putting nutritious ingredients in my body.
- HAVE FOOD FREEDOM. This circles back to number 2. Now, if I truly just want a decadent piece of chocolate cake or a greasy slice of pizza – I am going to eat it. I do not restrict myself from eating certain foods. When you have this mentality that you are not allowed to eat something- it’s draining on the body and unhealthy for you mentally/physically and you’ll actually end up eating way more than you should rather than just eating that one piece of pizza versus 20 other things you eat to satisfy that craving. Sometimes the cauliflower pizza crust just doesn’t cut it and that’s okay. However, I find when you eat healthfully most of the time, you don’t crave all those foods. I can tell you from experience, trust me.
- PREP FOOD BEFOREHAND. I like to have cut up fruits and veggies that are ready to be eaten in the fridge with no further prepping. Taking time to prep these on a day to be ready throughout the week will be helpful and keep you on track.
- TRY NEW FOODS. People often think healthy eating is boring when in fact it does not need to be at all! Try to find healthy recipes online or through cookbooks and make them! It’s so much more exciting because you’ll have something to look forward to and you’ll actually enjoy eating what you make.
- BRING FOOD WITH YOU BEFORE LEAVING THE HOUSE. If you know you’re going to be gone for awhile and won’t have access to healthful foods wherever you are- plan ahead! Prep things the night before and put them in a lunchbox or cooler to have ready to eat for when you do get hungry. In my hometown, there isn’t many healthy food places around, so I always bring snacks or a homemade smoothie with me whenever I leave the house for a long period of time. Plus it saves you $$. Snack ideas can be apple, banana, yogurt, granola, protein bars.
Ready to go baking mixes: Simple Mills
Protein bars: Perfect Bar, Rxbars
** If you have any more questions about what I exactly eat in a day, other food product recommendations, or any other general questions – please do not hesitate to reach out! **