If you’d like to start choosing healthy food without the struggle, I’ve got a few points that can help you out.
I’m not drinking grass!
I used to mentally roll my eyes when my sister would tell me about an organic grass she was drinking or some strange unpronounceable tea that smelt like death but had amazing health benefits. The truth is, I had only begun my ‘health journey’ and managing to get 5 portions of fruit and veg seemed like a mountain.
So, would you see me drinking organic grass? No way!! But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t get there. No. In fact, now I frequently add grass powders to my smoothies! (My sister would be proud!)
But at that early stage on my journey toward healthy food, my palette wasn’t ready to be baptised with an organic vegan diet. And if I attempted to go all in, I know I’d eventually reach a breaking point should I happen to walk past a kebab shop.
I needed to evolve my healthy choices over time, adjust my palette to new foods so that my system wouldn’t just reject everything and think ‘that stuff’s just for strange hippie folk’.
Often, when we want to make a lifestyle change, we want immediate change. It should be simple, right? Just • eat • healthy • food. But it’s not that easy to say to someone ‘just eat it’.
This video by Al Jankovic made me laugh!:
The truth is, if we want to have lasting change when making healthy food choices, we’ve got to take things a little slower. Here are some tips for you;
Swap out the bad boys
A simple change you can make today that is easy to keep up long-term is swapping out some unhealthy ingredients for healthier options. To get you started, here’s a quick list of ingredients that you can replace now;
1. White sugar
2. Hot chocolate powder
3. Table salt
4. Peanut Butter
1. Coconut sugar, Stevia or Honey
2. Raw Cacao powder
3. Himalayan Pink Salt
4. Almond or Cashew Butter
5. Butter from grass-fed cows (like Kerrygold)
6. Coconut or Almond Milk
7. Lightly salted tortilla chips (preferably organic)
Take it slow
I wouldn’t suggest switching everything out at the same time, but little by little over time. Maybe choose one ingredient to swap out each week when you do your regular grocery shopping. Remember, we want to have lasting change that we don’t even have to think about.
The good thing about swapping out the less healthy options means that once you’ve replaced your table salt for the healthier Himalyan salt, you won’t have to think about making a healthy food choice – you’ll only have the healthy option available! That’s what I call ‘autopilot’.
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Get some healthy food recipes
Swapping out individual ingredients for healthier ones is an easy first step to take. But the rubber really meets the road when you can create whole meals using healthy foods. I’ve spent a pretty penny on cookbooks over the years which has helped me compile healthy recipes that my family loves.
Changing your family recipes for healthy food recipes is like swapping out bad for better, but at a higher level. In my first point, we just swapped a single ingredient. But here we are giving an entire meal a makeover.
I’d recommend that you find healthy recipes for meals that your family loves to eat. Find a lasagne recipe that’s loaded with veg. Or overhaul your fried chicken recipe for a crispy chicken and veg bake.
Death to Le Resistance!
Making the transition to eating healthy food on autopilot is a lot easier when you have less resistance to the new foods you’re adding to your kitchen. If you’ve never tried kale before, add a little to your salad rather than stockpiling on bags of it because you really want a healthy change.&url=http://www.intentionalhomelife.com/how-to-make-healthy-food-choices-on-autopilot/" data-link="https://twitter.com/share?text=Making+incremental+changes+to+your+diet+will+help+you+keep+your+New+Year%27s+resolution+of+a+healthier+you.&via=">&url=http://www.intentionalhomelife.com/how-to-make-healthy-food-choices-on-autopilot/" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Making incremental changes to your diet will help you keep your New Year's resolution of a healthier you.Click To Tweet
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Make the choice easier with tools
I think that one of the reasons some people give up on their intentions of eating healthy food is because it seems to take longer than they’re used to. Sure, when you’re dealing with a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, there will be some chopping involved. All home-cooked meals require food preparation time.
But I don’t want this to be a barrier between you and a life of healthy food. One way that I make it easier for me to choose a healthier option, is by getting some tools that help to make my food prep jobs quicker.
Investing in a few kitchen tools will help you to get healthy foods on the table in less time. So there’ll be fewer excuses to nip down to the kebab shop!
New Year, New You?
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