The honest to God’s truth of how to make eating healthy feel less like a chore is to EAT HEALTHY.
You thought I was going to give you some magic solution? That’s coming later.
That sounds odd you think. Yes, it is sort of a catch-22. You want to eat healthy even when You don’t “feel like it” all the time and want to make a habit, but to make it less so, you say I need to eat healthy.
The thing is in order to make something a habit, whether it is eating healthy or exercising, waking early, or anything for that matter, you need to stick to doing that “thing” for at least one month.
Your body is the same way and it is very adaptable. Within a certain amount of time, your body will adapt and actually start to crave the healthy foods you are feeding it. So, when you veer off course and eat crap food, what happens?
Your body starts to feel lethargic. Your body will revolt physically. When you were once feeling energetic, now you will start slowing down. You may have sleep disturbances, get headaches, or even feel queasy at the thought of the old food you used to eat.
Your body is saying, “don’t give me that junk!”
THIS is where you need to get to, to make eating healthfully feel less like a chore, and you need to first make it a habit by sticking to your diet, I'd recommend for at least 30 days. This gives your body a chance to detox and reset.
I have said it many times. The magic ingredient and the easiest way to help you achieve this goal is by PLANNING AHEAD.
When you come home from work tired and have to prepare a meal, it becomes a hassle. What am I going to eat? Do I have all the ingredients? What’s quick to make because I am STARVING NOW. And this really causes anxiety and makes it easy to veer off your course. You start shoving your mouth with anything in sight.
So now imagine you planned your meals for the week. You may have even gone as far as cut your veggies ahead of time. Or perhaps went wild and cooked a large pot of soup that you froze ahead of time in smaller portions. You come home relaxed, knowing what you are eating. All you have to do is heat it up or assemble the ingredients. Voila! Dinner is served and you are enjoying your healthy dinner completely hassle free!
Which do you prefer, a stressed-out evening of binge eating or a relaxed evening after a healthy meal? A body that is providing you energy throughout the day or constant anxiety, headaches, and constipation?
You need to Learn How to Respect Your Body and take care if it. It’s the only one you’ve got!
Try this for 30-days. What's the worst thing that could happen? Your body may start to love you!
To get a glimpse into what a typical day in the life of what Zahra eats, you can take a look at this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/1OSHGTUhCQ0. (While you are there, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more videos)
And if you need personal help getting your diet in order, I do offer Nutrition Consultations and Online Nutrition Coaching. For more information on that, contact me here: https://www.thehealthyhijab.com/store/c2/Online_Plans_and_Products.html
I would love to hear from you! What are your challenges with eating healthfully?
Is it the planning? You don’t know what to eat or what is healthy for you to eat?
Drop me an email and let me know!