It’s February — How’s That Plan to Eat Better Going?
We all know the story… Most of us decide in January that we want to commit to healthier eating and better health. By the time February rolls around, though, many gyms are empty and people’s dining habits have returned to normal. Luckily, even if you’ve fallen off the wagon and are back to eating low-quality food, there is hope!
There are still many months of the year during which you can turn your health around and recommit to better eating. You just need a plan. Here’s what we suggest:
- Cut processed foods. You’ve heard it before but take note again. Another recent study has found that a diet with many processed foods is correlated with higher cancer risk. If you make no other changes, know that cutting out processed foods such as soda, prepackaged meals, junk food and foods which have been denatured can make a dramatic difference in your health. Replace these items with whole grains, vegetables, fruits, meats, nuts, dairy products and other natural foods.
- Think ahead. Many people get tripped up in eating healthy because they may not have a lot of time or effort to dedicate to planning. But this doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming! Meal prepping can actually save you time and ensure there is always a healthy and delicious option waiting for you, which makes the right food far more appealing. Set aside an evening where you can listen to your favorite podcast or watch your current TV show while you prepare meals for dinners and lunches. A big pot of chili or soup, for example, can last several days and ensure you get your vegetables and healthy foods in.
- Make your plate colorful. A simple way to add healthiness to your meals is to make sure that half of your plate’s full of fruits or vegetables in multiple colors. Look for leafy greens, red and orange peppers, carrots and other produce that have a high nutrition density and are low in calories. They should make up a large portion of your diet.
- Don’t deprive yourself. Being too strict makes it very easy for you to overindulge. Even if you want to eat healthy, it doesn’t mean forever cutting out desserts, rich foods or your favorite meals. Instead, it means making unhealthy choices less often. There’s nothing wrong with heading to a restaurant once a week or once every other week for a more indulgent meal. Just make sure you’re not eating tons of butter and fat every day.
- Keep things exciting. Try new flavors, foods, meals and dining experiences. Whether you try pop up dining events, a fresh restaurant or a new-to-you world cuisine, you’re sure to be more excited about your food if you don’t have the same thing every day.
If you want to try something new and eat healthy while dining out, make a reservation at Bricco. Our Mediterranean fare includes healthier and lighter options packed with vegetables while still serving up tons of flavor and excitement.