About a year ago, my family and I made a choice to begin living healthier lives and part of that decision included becoming vegetarian. We were already only eating chicken and turkey, so our transition wasn’t as difficult as we thought. The last year has resulted in many changes, including beginning a journey to debt freedom, but I believe changing our diet is the best and most significant change we made.
Here are 4 things we did that I believe anyone can do to begin eating healthier today:
Start small. We went cold turkey, but in hindsight should have gradually shifted into healthier eating. Regardless of how you change, it’s just important that you do. Participate in Meatless Mondays. Replace pop or juice with water with lemon. Bake your meat instead of frying. Use applesauce in your muffins instead of oil and sugar. Small tweaks in your current diet will add up to big, healthy changes in the long run.
Keep healthy options in the house. We always have fruits and veggies available. Always. I swear we go through 10 lbs. of bananas per week! It’s much easier to eat healthier when you stock your kitchen with good stuff.
Add-in healthier foods. It’s easier to add healthy items, than to take away unhealthy items. I believe it’s purely psychological, but it works! Add some spinach to your smoothie. Put granola on your yogurt. Throw some zucchini in your lasagna. Try adding more and more fruits and vegetables into what you already eat and eventually you’ll find yourself eating fewer unhealthy options.
Become your own health advocate. When we first became vegetarian, I couldn’t learn enough. From blogs to books to documentaries to vegetarian friends, I gleaned information (and recipes) everywhere I could. Educating yourself is without a doubt the best advice I can give. Take time to learn what eating healthy looks like. Some of my favorite sites are WhyVegetarian, The Lunchbox Bunch, Super Healthy Kids, and This Homemade Life. I also learned TONS from documentaries, such as Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Food, Inc., Hungry For Change, Food Matters, and Forks Over Knives. The process of learning how to eat healthy is the most important, and often skipped, step and will set you up for continuous success.
What are some tips you have to eat healthier? Share in the comments below!