This post was most recently updated on February 25th, 2023
After you read my article about the impacts of the pandemic on weight management, you will begin to wonder if there are ways to eat healthy at home without needing to work out so hard.
You don’t have to become a regular at the gym or some hip new vegan restaurant in order to start eating healthy. Everything you need can be found right at home. Try these five simple tips, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a healthier, happier lifestyle.
How to Eat Healthy at Home?
Know What Makes a Balanced Meal
Before you can eat healthy at home, it’s important to understand what “eating healthy” actually means. Diet trends come and go, and nutritional misinformation is all too common.
The Internet is a helpful research tool, but it also amplifies the voices of people who don’t have any evidence to back up their claims. Stick to reliable websites like nutrition.gov and mayoclinic.org, or, better yet, schedule an appointment with your doctor or a professional nutritionist.
Pre-Plan Your Grocery Shopping
Takeout is one of the worst culprits when it comes to bringing unhealthy (and overpriced) food into the home. You’re better off spending that money on groceries. That’s not always easy, of course.
Maybe you live in a state with a large percentage of rural lands, like Vermont. Maybe you just moved into a new neighborhood after spending weeks touring houses in Memphis houses for sale. Whatever the case, it’s important to plan ahead.
Knowing how often you can get to the grocery store, what you need, and what you can afford is a big help, and having a well-organized list helps reduce impulse buying.
Learn the Basics of Cooking
Now that you’ve started focusing on buying groceries rather than eating out, you might be wondering what you should buy. Processed foods and frozen dinners are convenient, but they’re even worse for you than most takeout meals.
Buying ingredients rather than premade dishes is a good way of saving money and ensuring healthy eating. The problem is that not everyone knows how to cook. Fret not; you don’t have to turn yourself into an Iron Chef overnight. Just by learning the basics and finding some good, easy-to-follow recipes, cooking your own meals can be a snap.
Prepare Meals Ahead of Time
Just like with grocery shopping, planning ahead is essential when it comes to eating right. Many of us don’t have the time or energy to cook every single day. That’s where meal prep comes in.
When you have a day off, set aside some time to cook multiple dishes that you can eat throughout the week. Separate each meal into healthy portions and then put them in Tupperware containers. This helps you keep from overeating, making it easy to enjoy a good, home-cooked lunch or dinner in just a few minutes.
Keep Healthier Snacks On Hand
Everybody snacks. Don’t pretend like you don’t. I love snacking. Snacking is one of the biggest sore spots many people encounter when trying to eat healthier. It’s not uncommon to get hungry in the middle of the day when lunch or dinner is still hours away.
There’s nothing wrong with having a snack to keep you going, especially when you need sugar to keep your brain focused (this really applies to my daily life). The problem is the kind of snacks we choose.
To avoid temptation, avoid bringing unhealthy snacks home, like potato chips or snack cakes. Instead, keep nutritional, low-calorie options like yogurt, nuts, or dried fruit on hand.
What are your tips to eat healthy at home that I didn’t include here?