12 Ways to Make Healthy Eating EasyL.D.
Regardless of whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2, gestational, MODY, or LADA, you’ve likely been told on multiple occasions that diet and exercise are crucial to management. You’ve probably been told that while being overweight or obese is not the cause of diabetes, weight management is important to maintaining control of your numbers. So, you probably make an effort to watch what you eat.
But the truth is, we’re all busy. We have jobs, families, obligations, and hobbies. Things we’d love to be doing with our time that don’t necessarily include consistently preparing meals that are not only healthy, but presented in a way worthy of posting to social media for all your friends to admire. If you happen to be someone who does want to make that a priority, that’s awesome! Good for you! You might not need the tips in this list, but maybe you can share some of your own in the comments!
For the rest of you, if you’re anything like me, consistently eating healthy often feels like a challenge. You might find that you start the week off on a high-note, but by Wednesday you’re exhausted and simply don’t have the energy to go home and put together a delicious and nutritious meal. So, instead, you find yourself ordering pizza or heading through the drive-thru on your way home. You tell yourself, “Next week I’ll do better.”
The truth is, this is a common habit that’s easy to fall into. Given the undoubtedly busy nature of your schedule, it’s no surprise that abandoning your meal plan sounds appealing. That’s why we’re here to help. We want to offer you some tips and tricks for taking some of the work out of eating healthy. Because the truth is, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, we’re certain that some of these tips will save you time and money! Take a look!
1. Improve your purchasing habits
Eating healthy can feel like a battle of willpower. However, it’s infinitely more difficult to eat healthy when you’ve got a kitchen full of junk food; it’s typically ready to eat, making it even more likely that you’ll reach for it over, say, something that takes even a small amount of effort to prepare, like sliced apples and peanut butter, or fresh veggies and hummus. If you don’t buy it, it won’t be there to tempt you to cheat on your meal plan.
2. Simplify your meals
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating extravagantly. While preparing a complex meal and challenging your skills in the kitchen can be fun, it can also be time-consuming and expensive. Realistically, we don’t always have the time (or desire) to put a tremendous amount of effort into each of our meals. So, think simple in terms of ingredients and recipes. If you’re short on time or don’t love to cook, save the elaborate meals for special occasions (or skip them altogether) and focus on healthy recipes that are uncomplicated and well-balanced.
3. Meal plan
Use a meal plan to help you write up a grocery list before you head to the store. Knowing exactly what you need will save you from buying unnecessary (and potentially not-so-healthy) items. Having a meal plan for the week will also take a lot of stress out of figuring out dinner, thereby making it less likely that you’ll turn to take-out.
4. Stock staples
You never know what’s going to come up. Life can be unpredictable, and you might find yourself too busy to go grocery shopping at your normal time. Rather than finding yourself with nothing to cook, keep a few staples stocked at all times. Think frozen chicken or fish, frozen veggies, and dried whole grains.