Hard to Eat Healthy?
If you can determine what your biggest obstacle is, you can figure out – maybe with the help of a nutrition counselor – the best way to circumvent it.
If the hardest part for you is cost, I can think of several tactics right off the top of my head that can help eliminate that obstacle. Eating seasonally is a biggie. Frequent farmers markets; some cities have them year-round. Buying produce in season that hasn’t been shipped long distances is not only more nutritious, but cheaper, too. Another tip for keeping costs down is buying in bulk – foods like beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds can all be found in the bulk bins at your local Whole Foods or co-op market.
If the hardest part is the time it takes to cook healthfully, maybe you need to rethink your menus or find shortcuts. Yes, cooking bean soup from scratch takes time, especially if you decide you must make your own vegetable broth, too. Can you cut the time by using high-quality canned beans, like Eden Organic, or broth like low-sodium Pacific or Imagine brands? Can you incorporate healthful stir-fries into your diet, many of which take under 30 minutes to prepare? The World’s Healthiest Foods, a book by George Mateljan, offers many recipes that take just 5 or 7 minutes to prepare – and the healthful foods used retain most of their nutrients because of the quick cooking times.
You’d be amazed at how often clients simply answer “habit” when I ask why they continue to eat unhealthy foods. Habits can be broken, although it takes some time to figure out why you do the things you do. Check out Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit for guidance in breaking a habit, anything from biting your nails to eating ice cream every single evening.
When it comes to eating healthfully, there’s really no obstacle that’s too big to overcome – even if your mind determinedly tells you that you can’t do it. Don’t hold yourself back – you can have a healthy diet, if you really want one.