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A while back, our guest blogger Annija wrote about 4 ways to make exercise a habit. While I know this is something many people struggle with, creating a healthy eating habit can be just as hard, if not harder. We are constantly bombarded with less than healthy options. Just when you think you prepared well for the day and you bring your own food, you find someone’s offering pizza in the office. If you travel a lot healthy eating might seem even harder. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling is something I’ve treated in a previous post, so if you need more, you can check it out here.
The question I want to address today is this: is it actually possible to make healthy eating a habit? How can you get to the point of choosing healthy options easily, because that’s what you actually want to eat?
Find foods you enjoy
Healthy eating can be great. There’s this misconception out there that healthy food is tasteless, plain and always the same. This is so wrong! Eating healthy can be tasty, you have almost endless options and the plate can be very beautiful. If you always eat some plain grilled chicken with steamed broccoli, you’re gonna hate it eventually if not immediately! I dread that meal only writing about it. If on the contrary I take that same chicken breast and eat it with a colorful salad containing things like cucumber, pineapple, beets, carrots and some sweet potatoes things start looking better already.
The key is indeed simplicity. Choose whole foods and cook them as simple as possible. But that doesn’t mean food can’t be varied. Spices are also amazing. Experiment with food and until you find foods you enjoy. If you find healthy meals you truly love, it will be much easier to choose those over junk food.
In the same manner, find fruit salad combos you love, so the next time you crave something sweet you’ll pick that instead of cake. If you need some help, here are some of my favorite books with easy and quick healthy recipes.