Would you like to feel healthier in a way that is affordable, effortless, and enjoyable? We’ve got you covered! Check out these five easy tips:
- Set Yourself Up for Success
One of the best ways to make healthy eating much easier is to set yourself up for success. That should include buying helpful kitchen gear like a blender, healthy non-stick cookware, non-toxic Tupperware containers, and maybe a fancy reusable water bottle too. With this gear, you have all you need to create yummy, healthy dishes and form wholesome new habits.
- Ignore the Expensive Superfoods
If you are on a budget and want to keep things simple, forget the chia seeds, spiraling, kefir, and organic farmer’s market produce. It’s as simple as focusing on whole foods, including simple proteins, good fats, and different colored vegetables and fruits.
Most importantly, eat seasonally and locally wherever possible. There really is no need to buy expensive so-called superfoods – simple, single-ingredient whole foods are superfoods.
- Batch Cook/Meal Prep
One of the biggest reasons that many of us slip up when it comes to eating healthy food is the time it takes to cook a meal from scratch. The average American spends less than an hour in the kitchen to cook a weeknight meal, with nearly half spending less than 30 minutes getting the job done. It’s just so much easier to chuck something in the oven or pick up takeout on the way home from work.
To make it easy to make better choices, you can batch cook delicious, wholesome meals like soups, stews, and low-fat lasagnas. All you need to do is freeze them in portions ready for reheating.
You can also do meal prep, creating simple base meals like rice, beans, and veggies. Portion them into containers to keep in the fridge. This is a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and you can bask in the knowledge that you’re securing a much healthier week ahead.
- Just Move
It is tempting to sign up for expensive gyms, fitness programs, and classes in order to lead a healthier life. However, this can make fitness feel unachievable if you are on a budget or simply short on time.
Instead, if you simply adopt the philosophy that moving more is healthier, fitness feels so much more achievable. To achieve all this extra movement, spend time in nature, go for a walk in the park, go up the stairs instead of taking the escalator, or do a free Youtube workout video whilst dinner is underway. All these options are free and accessible, and most importantly, they all count toward a healthier life.
- Don’t Forget About Your Mental Health
Mental health struggles are often the biggest barriers to taking care of ourselves properly, and this is something with which more than 14 million Americans struggle. Trauma, anxiety, depression, disordered eating habits, and a lack of self-esteem can all stop us from making progress with our health goals. Remember that your mind is an important part of your overall health, so a little therapy may be the first step to a much healthier life.
Are You Ready to Thrive?
The fact that you are here and looking for ways to improve your health means you’re already one step closer to thriving in your body and mind. It will always take effort to be healthy in a challenging world, but with the tips above, it can be cheaper, easier, and more enjoyable to thrive in the way that you deserve.