As some of you may know, exercise is only a part of the puzzle when it comes to losing weight and living a healthy life. The other important part is eating a healthy diet. In fact, I’d argue that if your main goal is to lose weight, your diet is even more important than your exercise routine.
There are a million and one products and tips out there on how to improve your diet, but as usual, I like to keep things simple and efficient. Here are my 3 easy tips on how to eat better at home.
1. Eat At Home As Often As You Can
This one tip changed my diet and life about 4 years ago. Like most people living in North America, I loved to eat out and I loved fast food – after all, it’s so cheap and quick! What we don’t realize is when you eat out, you never really know what’s going into your food and most restaurants focus on taste. This means that nutrition isn’t usually a priority, and things like preservatives and salts, sugars, etc. are used to keep the food tasting as good as possible for as long as possible.
When you eat at home, you know exactly what’s going into everything and you can control how much of it. Is salt bad for you? No, if you eat it in a healthy dose. I make my version of French Fries all the time because potatoes are cheap and healthy. And they still taste great because I use my favourite seasonings, but don’t douse them in salt the same way McDonald’s does (damn are their fries good though…).
I try to eat every single meal at home if I can, but the reality is I usually end up eating out 1-3 times per week. But if you follow tip #2, eating out 1-3 times a week won’t hurt ya!
2. Only Buy Healthy Groceries
In my humble opinion, this tip coupled with #1 is the best way to lose weight. Here’s a new rule you must abide by: no buying unhealthy foods/snacks at grocery stores. Why? Because if they’re not in your house, you can’t eat them. And because you’re following tip #1, you are limited to eating what’s in your kitchen.
Don’t buy chips or sweets or frozen pizzas, just to name a few. Your groceries should mainly consist of fruits, veggies, healthy proteins (chicken, beans, beef, eggs, etc.), carbs (noodles, rice, quinoa, etc.) and HEALTHY snacks. Especially if you’re using a home exercise program, you will be active and hungry. Pick healthy things to snack on, like fruit, nuts, rice cakes, peanut butter, etc.
Note that if you follow tips #1 and #2, your grocery bill will go up a bit, but this will be offset by you eating out less (which is more expensive) and future hospital bills 😛
3. Drink Healthy Smoothies
Another major change I made a few years ago was having healthy smoothies almost every day. I did this because I wanted to include more fruit and veggies in my diet, and it’s the easiest/quickest way. I quickly learned that I could add another 1 or 2 servings of vegetables in my diet because when you have enough fruit in a smoothie, you can’t even taste the veggies.
For example, my go-to smoothie is an apple, banana, frozen mixed berries, spinach, peanut butter and water. That’s it! I don’t taste the spinach at all and get all that extra goodness from it. In future articles I’ll go into what I use to make the shakes and there are plenty of guides online.
Are You Up For It?
Do you know you need to make a change in your diet? If so, try these 3 tips (or even just the first 2 to start) and let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading.