I always get asked for helpful tips on eating healthier from my friends and family.
Good nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthier life. You’ll have more energy, feel younger, and look better than you’ve ever before.
Here’s a compilation of my best tips for improving your eating habits.
1. For beginners, start with easy recipes
Most people make the mistake of trying to cook master-level recipes of people like chef Gordon Ramsay. Instead, follow the recipes of Chef Boyardee, and work your way up.
2. Don’t eat packaged food (chips, boxed snacks)
Remember to eat whole foods for better nutrition. Instead of a chicken breast, eat a whole chicken. Instead of a slice of watermelon, eat a whole watermelon. It’s both unhealthy and wasteful to eat a slice of cake. Have the whole cake and eat it too.
3. Stay away from microwaveable, frozen foods
If you want to eat healthier, don’t eat microwaved lean cuisines. Eating like a caveman is more natural and healthier for your body. Since microwaves didn’t exist back then, cook your lean cuisines over an open fire outside.
4. Avoid artificial ingredients
They say you are what you eat. If you eat fake foods, you’ll be fake. Nobody likes fake people. Don’t eat fake foods.
5. Eat healthy oils and fats to feel full for longer
If you’re constantly feeling hungry throughout the day, you’re probably not eating enough fats. During big meals, bodybuilders will sip on a tall glass of olive oil to stay full for 7-8 hours. For a dessert-type option, add a scoop of chocolate whey protein to make the drink taste like a chocolate covered olive.
6. Have a healthy snack ready (almonds, carrots)
Be sure to have healthy snacks ready when you feel hungry in between meals. Go to your favorite fast food place and sit down next to someone who just got his food. Guilt trip him into not taking his health seriously, and persuade him into trading his meal for your healthy snacks. This will not only improve your sales skills, but you will have done a good deed helping someone else make a smart decision.
7. Meal prep to control what you eat
Preparing your meals in advance is one of the best pro-tips. A standard large, 2-topping pizza will come with 8 slices. Buy 2 pizzas to get 16 slices, which is enough for 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 5 workdays. You’ll have 1 slice leftover for Friday night dessert. Treat yourself. You deserve it for sticking to your meal prep.
8. Use portion control
When you sit down to eat your food, divide the food on your plate in half. Divide those halves into halves. You should have 4 equal portions of your food. Eat each portion one at a time. Instead of eating a whole plate of food, you’ve only eaten 4 – 1/4ths of a meal, which sounds like way less.
9. Try intermittent fasting
It’s easier to not eat 500 calories than to work off 500 calories. Instead of heading to the gym, it’s more efficient to just not eat. Start small by skipping a meal or two a week. Slowly progress to missing a meal a day, then a couple a day. Sooner or later, you’ll not have to eat at all and can survive on air and willpower. This will also save you a ton of money on gym memberships.
10. Have an accountability partner for healthy eating
Illicit a friend to join you on your healthy eating journey. Keep each other accountable by sending photos of your meals. When the other person eats something they’re not supposed to, shame them on social media by posting their food photos on their wall and calling them a fatty. It might strain your relationship, but they’ll thank you for the tough love.
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