Whatever your age or health status, one thing you have total control over is your diet and exercise. But common excuses like, “eating healthy is expensive” or “I just can’t eat veggies and protein all day long” or “I don’t have time for exercise”, can deter you from improving your diet and exercise routine.
Know this: Giving your body good nutrient-dense foods allows your body to heal itself and keep it in a healthy natural state of being. Moving and strengthening your body often will improve everything – feeling happier, weight loss, increase energy, heart strength, muscle strength….
Here are some realistic tips that will motivate you to start eating healthy today.
Make small changes:
When you’re starting out, eating healthy may seem time consuming, but if you make one small change a day, it doesn’t have to be. Pack four containers of veggies for the week or order a side of broccoli with your chicken when you’re out to eat. Small changes over time will make a big impact. Just changing one meal can account for 20% of your total calories for the day.
Add, don’t subtract
Focus on adding to your diet, rather than subtracting when you’re first starting out.
Focus on getting more veggies in a day. At the grocery store, pick up some new veggie options to try, different colors and varieties. On the exercise front: Learn how to incorporate resistance training in your life which adds both cardio and strength for your body.
Change your perspective
Eating healthy can change your life, how you feel, how you feel about yourself, and you will be healthier on the inside. Some are deterred about the cost of eating healthy. Eating healthy isn’t expensive, but rather processed and fast foods are cheap. Think of healthy eating as an investment in your future.
Keep it simply. Don’t over complicate eating healthy which may cause you not to get started at all.
Make time for exercise weekly; make it a priority in your life.
Once you get started, you will see it’s not as difficult as you thought! Enjoy you new found habits.