Uncomplicate Your Plate
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. But what if it were just that easy? Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be complicated.
It can be very overwhelming to dissect and digest all the different dietary theories, programs, and latest guidelines published out there. Every time we turn on the nightly news, tune into social media, or strike up a conversation with a group of friends, it seems like there is something ‘new’ to try. I’m here to tell you – tune those headlines out! If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.
If fad dieting doesn’t work, what does? Taking a step back to the basics. Work to implement simple principles into your daily routine to un-complicate healthy eating.
- Eat real food. Yes, just like our ancestors before us did. Opt for most items that are not packaged and processed in boxes or bags.
- Build half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Most of us know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, however, isn’t it interesting to note that most Americans aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables each day? This is the most basic, yet, probably the most important change you can make for your overall health. Fresh, frozen or canned (with no added salts or sugars) – they all count! So, pick what fits your lifestyle or budget.
- Make your time in the kitchen well worth it by cooking once and eating at least twice. And if you don’t like to eat leftovers of the same meal, that’s ok! Roast off extra veggies with dinner that you can easily throw into an egg scramble in the morning. Or cook up a large batch of lean ground meat to use for tacos one night and spaghetti sauce the next.
If you follow these three tips you are well on your way to developing a healthy and happy relationship with food. After all, food is meant to be enjoyed! Focus on a variety of lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grain carbohydrates in addition to filling half your plate with produce.
Just like teaching a child to ride the bike, start out slow with the training wheels still on. Slowly build up your confidence over time until you are ready to cruise on your own. Acknowledge the fact that you will have slip-ups or off days. That’s okay (we’re all human, you know)! Learn to give yourself grace. One meal doesn’t define you. It’s the choices you make day in and day out that do.
Kristin St Clair is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Dietitian with Teacup Wellness, specializing in healthy eating, weight management, and other areas of expertise to help you meet your nutrition and fitness goals.