I am a lazy girl who may not be able to cook, but I LOVE to eat. I mean, I can nom, nom, nom with the best of them. The thing is that I actually do like a lot of healthy foods… the problem is I just happen to like a lot of not healthy foods more. Case in point – I am eating cookies as I write this!
Eating healthy is definitely important, but it can be a little tough to really stick to always eating healthy foods. We’ve figured out a few ways to rationalize eating the maybe-not-so-healthy stuff we want, while still feeling like we’re sticking to our commitment to eat right.
Here’s ten tips to guide you along the tricky path of trying to eat right (or maybe not…):
Pay Attention To The PositivesIf it has some sort of healthy component, it gets checked off as an eating right win. Delicious cooked vegetables... drenched in butter! Strawberries... dipped in chocolate! Hey now, you could have JUST eaten chocolate, right? I think the maturity to include that healthy strawberry is really an eating right achievement. Source: Shutterstock.com
Eat Those Greens!Your parents always told you "eating your greens" was an important part of eating right. Okay! Bring on the green sour candies and the mint ice cream! Hey, we're just trying to eat our greens here! Source: Shutterstock.com
Don't Look!It’s kind of like that saying “If a tree falls and nobody is around, does it make a sound?” Similarly, “If you eat junk food and you don’t see it, does it really count?” Nahhhh. Source: Shutterstock.com
Schedule In Wiggle RoomSticking to eating right can be tough, so just know that it's okay to declare weekends as your cheat days. But if it extends to Fridays or Mondays, that’s okay too. Actually whenever the day ends in "Y," it’s okay not to count it as an official "must eat healthy today" day. Everyone deserves a break once in a while! Source: Shutterstock.com
Reward YourselfIn addition to not beating yourself up over cheat days, after each healthy meal you do eat, remember to reward yourself so that you keep up your healthy eating habits. Healthy lunch? Reward yourself with a little cake. Healthy dinner? Reward yourself with a little more cake. Those dessert rewards will really keep you motivated to keep up your healthy eating streak. Source: Shutterstock.com
Keep It MovingIf you’re walking around while you’re eating, it probably just cancels everything out. Just quit using tables and chairs, and you’re good to eat whatever you want, worry-free! Source: Shutterstock.com
Spend Less Time CookingTrying to lead a healthy life includes both eating right and taking some time to be active. But if you're spending so much time cooking up healthy meals, when are you ever going to get out and run around? Basically eating fast food means you'll have all that extra time to get in some exercise — you know, just after this 12-hour Pretty Little Liars marathon ends, and wow, this couch is so comfortable... Source: Shutterstock.com
Portion Your PlateHave you seen seen that image of a dinner plate designed to help you eat right right by showing how to proportion each of the different food groups? But a regular plate looks a little small! Grab the biggest platter in your house and start divvying up the food groups. Looks like you may need a whole turkey to fill that poultry portion of your platter, but hey, you're keeping everything in balance to one another, so that's really the eating right goal in action. Source: Shutterstock.com
Make It Photo Official"Facebook official" isn't just for relationships. If you post a photo of your plate with the caption, "My Dinner!" that's basically an undeniable truth. Does it matter then if you ate a heaping bowl of fried onion rings in addition to that very elegant salad you posted a picture of (which by the way has 16 "Likes" and counting)? Nope! As long as your pictures prove you were eating right, there's really no evidence to suggest otherwise. Source: Shutterstock.com
Demand Chef ServiceConvince your parents that in order to stick with your plans to eat right, they need to hire a professional chef to prepare you healthy meals. I mean, they'll just have to budget in the chef's salary, a room to stay in at your house, the cost of food... but it's for your health, so they really can't say "no," right? Source: Shutterstock.com
What’s your favorite healthy food to eat? What’s your favorite not-so-healthy treat to snack on? Tell us in the comments!