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Get into your healthy eating groove

by Heather

Over the years I’ve found eating healthy to become second nature.  But it sure wasn’t always that way!

Nope. Nope.  Nope.  Nope.

There was always a lot of planning involved.  I’d need a recipes to follow and would worry about what I’d be eating outside of the house.

Luckily, those days are in the past.  Eating healthy isn’t a worry, it’s just the norm and natural to me (click to read more about my diet and what it means to me).

If you’re struggling to get into your healthy eating groove, try out a couple of these tips.  They’ve helped me along the way and I hope they help you too!

Keep it simple

When I begin to overthink something it becomes somewhat of a challenging and stressful situation.  Begin with just a few simple to make recipes a week.  Once you have mastered those, add a couple more.

Overtime you’ll have a full line of great, healthy new recipes!

Simples recipes to try…

Grilled Italian Chicken Skewers

Pineapple Meatballs (crockpot)

Salmon, Leek and Red Potato Frittata

Asian-Style Hamburger Subs

Savory Balanced Bowl: Sweet Potato, Collards, Black Beans and Egg

Mini Lentil Loaf Bites

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Baby steps

During the transition to eating healthier it may be easier to choose just one focus for each week. 

Week 1 – switch to whole grain breads

Week 2 – include a fruit at most meals

Week 3 – add vegetables to most meals

Week 4 – include a small dose of healthy fats (nuts, seeds, flax, avocado, fish, olive/canola oil, etc) at each meal. Try to replace other fats with these.

Week 5 – vary your protein to include both lean animal proteins (if you eat them) + fish and veggies sources (beans, tofu, whole grains).

Week 6 – try new whole grains – kasha, quinoa, brown and wild rice, millet, spelt… the list goes one.

Week 7 – prep your breakfast, lunch and snacks the night before – left overs make easy lunches!

Week 8 – reduce processed foods!  By now you should be eating a lot more veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and different sources of protein.  It’s time to transition away from frozen, pre-made meals into healthy, homemade natural foods.

If you add on in small increments it won’t seem like your changes happen all of a sudden.  They will naturally become your new norm and easier to maintain.

Involve others

Changing eating habits can definitely be a challenge.  If you have kids, a spouse or anyone living with you, they will likely be effected by your changes as well.

Involve them in the kitchen and share what you’re learning about new foods.  Encourage them to help you with your weekly meal planning.  They will probably take interest and hopefully improve on their own eating habits as well!

Try non-recipes

What I mean by non-recipe is eating simple foods.  You don’t always need something complicated.  If you fill a plate with corn on the cob, grilled veggies, watermelon and grilled chicken, you’ve got a nice rounded out meal that likely didn’t involve a long recipe.

Just a bunch of simples foods put together!

I love meals like that.  They keep food easy and super delicious too.

Another favorite of mine is a whole grain hoagie or hotdog bun (homemade if I have time!), avocado, spinach, tomato and sliced grilled flank steak.  Add some fruit and/or sliced cucumber on the side and I’m a happy camper.

What are some of your tips to make healthy eating a bit easier and natural for you?  I’d love to hear!

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Erica July 11, 2011 - 8:09 am

Love this post! I think planning, keeping it simple and making small steps are all SO important! And your crockpot pineapple meatballs rock 🙂

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Get Healthy with Heather July 11, 2011 - 9:40 am

Thanks Erica 🙂 I cant wait to make them again too.

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Lesley Lifting Life July 11, 2011 - 8:31 am

I completely agree, those are excellent tips!! 🙂

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Hayley @ Oat Couture July 11, 2011 - 9:16 am

Love this post! I totally agree about making the switch slowly by focusing on one or two things a week. It can be a little overwhelming otherwise! I’m getting there but I still have to be pretty ‘conscious’ about it if you know what I mean!? Soo worth the effort though! 🙂

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Get Healthy with Heather July 11, 2011 - 9:40 am

So worth the effort! Keep it up Hayley 🙂

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Brittany July 11, 2011 - 6:48 pm

Awesome tips, I am so fortunate to LOVE healthy food. I didn’t used to eat healthy though..when I was younger I ate the typical american diet. Over the years I became passionate about eating healthy and the transitions came easy for me. This is not the case for a lot of people though, too many people don’t know how to eat better..I can direct them to your page!

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Get Healthy with Heather July 12, 2011 - 4:10 am

Thanks Brittany! I’m always here to help anyone out 🙂

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