What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Eating Healthy
You know how important it is to eat a balanced, nutritious diet. But there are times when you just don’t feel like eating healthy. It happens to the best of us. It happens to us out of the blue when we’ve been doing great.
There are many things that can make it so you don’t feel like eating healthy. These can include being tired, experiencing a high level of stress, or even being addicted to sugar. Knowing what to do when cravings for high sugar, high fat, high sodium and low nutrient foods strike is your best defense against the consequences.
Consider the following things to do when you simply don’t feel like eating healthy:
· Stop making excuses – If you tell yourself you’ll just have a little piece of cake, that you’ve already slipped from your diet so you may as well just start again tomorrow and take the day “off” or that you “earned” a treat because you exercised earlier, then you’re just making excuses to try to justify foods that you want but that you know you shouldn’t have. Nothing says that you can’t have a little bit of unhealthy food now and again. The key is to make it a rare treat instead of a regular indulgence. That way, you don’t need to justify it. It’s perfectly allowable and won’t do any harm.
· Have alternatives ready – Over time, you can get to know yourself. For example, if you have a long day coming up, you may know that you’ll want take-out or an instant meal instead of having to prepare something from scratch. So prepare your food in the morning so you just have to toss it into a pan or in the oven and warm it up when you get home. Even better, every time you do cook, prepare an extra portion or even double the batch so you can put the extra in the freezer. That way, when you just don’t feel like cooking, you still have a delicious healthy meal ready to eat after you microwave it.
· Cook delicious healthy foods – If you’re focused more on nutrient density than taste, then you’re not going to like your meals much and you won’t look forward to them. Start to collect a growing number of healthy recipes that you find to be delicious. They will make it easy for you to think about how much you’re craving that delicious meal instead of just thinking of it as health food.