Like most of us, you wake up every Monday motivated and setting your mind on becoming healthier, happier, more fit, maybe more comfortable in your own skin! So you decide to hit the gym that you‘ve been registered in for nearly 1 year and you start following every fitness page on instagram with the slogans: “you can and you will” or “train like a beast and look like a beauty”. Deep inside, you really want to cut off the fat junkies that makes your favorite pants go smaller (those evil fatties, right?), and you’re willing to build better habits and eat healthier … but here’s the problem : you’re not quite sure what exactly is healthy eating (oops ). Well don’t worry I’ve got you all covered
What is healthy eating?
When you hear “eat healthier” you probably think you have to:
- Count the calories of every meal,
- Eat salad all day
- Follow a “detox” diet
- Stop eating bread and eat more veggies instead
But I can assure you, that’s not it! (Here comes a shock sound effect or something)
First, Let’s be clear , although detox diets are very popular, they aren’t proven to do anything like “kill the toxins” or else.
Second, vegetables are important for your health and a good source of nutrients, but that doesn’t mean everything else is bad. For example, there’s this common belief that bread is very fattening and unnecessary. But the truth is, it’s an essential part of any healthy diet. Just remember that it depends on what you put in the bread and not the bread itself.
Third, Healthy means eating “real” food: fish, meat, poultry, veggies, fruits … you know the rest. And it also means cutting on the “food” you get from the drive-through windows, vending machines and those having a very long list of ingredients you never heard of.
Plus, when eating the “real” food, you should consider counting the nutrients it brings to your body and not how many calories it has. For example, there is 208 Kcal in a 90g of cooked salmon but it has many health benefits you can’t ignore. Or 1 whole avocado can have up to 360 Kcal, but it has essential fatty acids to your body, fibers and so on. (Plus, always counting calories is unhealthy to your mind)
Change to a healthier diet and commit to it
How to start eating healthy ?
So here you are, ready to make the big move towards a healthier life and a happier you, but you just can’t feel motivated enough or maybe your love for fries and burgers can’t go away. Well relax, being healthy doesn’t mean restricting yourself from food you love, but reducing its regular consumption.
If you really want to commit to it, start by thinking of all the reasons why you should
I could start talking about all the vitamins and nutrients you‘ll get, but you’ve probably read it many times on social media or heard it from your aunt. So let’s talk about the interesting facts:
- Look good : think of your favorite pants that you’ll be able to wear
- Feel energized: healthy food provides you with long lasting energy helping you function throughout the day, on the opposite of junk food and high sugar intakes.
- Gain muscle: with your regular exercising, try having more lean proteins, complex carbs, less fatties and small frequent meals, this will help your body use the energy in a better way, and emphasize your muscles.
- More confidence: studies have shown that eating healthy and exercising regularly can really improve your mood, reduce depression and make you feel better and more satisfied about yourself.
- And the list goes on…
Change for you not for others
If you’re doing all of this because your mother/husband/wife/ boyfriend or whoever is always nagging and lecturing you about your weight or lifestyle, believe me, that’s not going to work.In order to be motivated you should think of yourself first, after all it’s your body not theirs.
As I wrote in the previous paragraph, healthy eating is not just about losing weight, it’s a lot more than that.
So remember, a healthy outside starts from the inside and you’re good to go!