Your goal for 2022 might be to eat healthily…so what’s standing in your way? Maybe it’s that you think healthy eating takes too much time, is difficult to do, or is too expensive.
However, let me tell you: eating healthy can be simple, easy, and inexpensive…and one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Let’s look at it this way: if you set aside time and actually plan for your week, that planning might take you 15 to 30 minutes, but it can save you 4 to 6 hours of time throughout the week!
Plus, you will come up with a strategy that will save you money, and help you avoid stress.
Do we plan when we go on vacation? Of course! You can approach your health in the same way. And that’s by doing some research, making a great plan, and sticking to it!
Here’s how to get started with healthy eating:
- Sit down and put together how you are going to eat for the week. Then, write out a list and buy your groceries accordingly throughout the week. Having a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand may mean buying things that are in season, or even going to the grocery store more than once that week. When the weather allows, you can make it fun by visiting local farmer’s markets or joining a food co-op and seeing what they deliver each week.
- Every night before going to bed, prepare for the next day. Get all the things you need for your morning ready to go, so that morning preparation is fast and easy. This saves you the headache of trying to figure out what you are going to eat and making it.
Now, what are you going to eat?
Eat real foods. Firstly, adjust your mindset. Instead of focusing on prepared, packaged, or “fake” foods, think about eating an abundance of real, water-rich foods containing lots of fiber. Your foods should be all different colors and loaded with Macro and Micronutrients that YOUR BODY NEEDS. These foods will keep you energized, feeling full, and don’t contain the toxins that go into your body. PLUS, research tells us that a whole-food, plant-based diet is proven to be the best for weight loss.
How can you eat those types of healthy foods?
Juicing is one way. Start your morning with a warm lemon water glass and veggie juice. I like to start with celery juice because it has so many amazing benefits! You can read more about celery juice here: https://rajeshchotalia.com/celery-juice/
I also make a juice for my prostate where I use broccoli, tomato, and garlic. You can experiment
You can also juice with carrot or beet and then add cucumber, celery, parsley, kale, or cilantro with green apple and a bit of ginger to your taste.
You can experiment with your favorites, and add spices to give it more of a kick.
What’s for Lunch?
For lunch, make a salad. There are ready-made packages available at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or the grocery store of your choice. However–don’t get ones that are loaded with meats, oils, cheeses, croutons, etc: this can make a salad as bad for you as fast food!
Make sure NOT TO USE ANY OIL as a dressing. Instead, add Lemon juice, sea salt, garlic, black pepper, black salt, Cumin powder, sesame seed (good source of calcium), flaxseed, chia seed powder (good source of good Omega 3 Fat), and avocado.
You can make dressing out of Pumpkin seed or Sunflower seed. You can add cayenne pepper if you like it spicy. Get creative and use spices of your choice and make it a delicious meal of the day which is healthy and filling.
One thing I love to eat is healthy sandwiches. You can see my favorite recipe here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAT1AChZ2xQ
Want to avoid the mid-afternoon slump?
I hear from so many people that they get incredibly tired after lunch. Here’s a quick 1-minute video on how you can avoid that.
If you get hungry in between, remember healthy snacks. I love to eat fruits or fruit smoothies.
One of my favorite smoothies is one I make using Banana, Pineapple, Strawberry, and coconut water.
Need more ideas for the workday? Check out my guide to 5 Healthy Snacks to Eat When You’re at Work.
Need more ideas? Reach out to me with your questions, goals, and health conditions, and we can customize an eating plan that works for you and your health.