So many of my clients in San Antonio, Texas, have actually thanked me for helping them to eat healthier. It’s for a couple of reasons. The first and the most important is that they feel so much better and are losing weight without extra effort or feeling deprived. The second is that preparation time for a meal is often cut in half, since eating healthy means you eat simple and normally don’t spend hours slaving over a hot stove. That’s actually the first key to eating healthy, simple is best.
Read the labels on most processed foods.
You’ll find that they often have a laundry list of ingredients, some of which you can’t pronounce. It’s even worse when you’re discussing fast food. Some of the burgers aren’t hamburger, but a pink gooey slime that they make into a patty. It’s almost scary. How much healthier it is to simply buy lean ground beef, make a patty and put it on the grill. Simple is far better than complicated, especially in this case.
Chopping and assembling fresh vegetables is the easiest route to take.
You can have a delicious meal that’s also healthy with very little effort. In fact, you can actually make a week’s worth of meals in one day. Just get out the grill and put on the veggies, some salmon, shrimp, chicken and/or steak. Use some those ingredients to top a mixed green salad that has loads of other vegetables. Grilled cold asparagus is delicious, especially if the dressing has a touch of lemon to accent their flavor. It’s good with both shrimp and beef. Think of it, with a little chopping and one day at the grill, you can have a whole week’s worth of simple, clean and healthy meals.
Eating simple shouldn’t require a flow chart!
You should know what foods are proteins, which are healthy complex carbs and which are healthy fats, but after that, just remembering to eat more vegetables and include a palm size of protein and some healthy fat is all you need to know. You probably already realize that tossing that grilled shrimp on the salad provided the protein. Toss in a handful of nuts or add some avocado and you have healthy fat. There’s no need to measure each food with precision, unless you have health issues that require that. Making it as simple as possible makes it more likely you’ll stick with healthy eating.
- Chop up that grilled chicken breast, add some celery, onion and other veggies that sound interesting and then top with Greek yogurt and a bit of balsamic dressing for a salad to remember. Experiment with ingredients.
- Don’t expect every combination to taste frightfully delicious. You’ll make some boo-boos and some will just taste frightful. Get creative with your meals by adding grapes, craisins, pears and other types of fruit for extra flavor.
- If you want to get more creative, buy some herbs at the store or grow them yourself. Basil is exceptionally good in salads, just as fresh cilantro or fennel is. Find an herb you like and taste test it over part of your serving. If you like it, add it to the rest.
- Drink more water and leave the cola behind. Water is my magic elixir that clears my head, quenches my thirst and makes my body healthy. You’ll lose weight and feel better leaving soft drinks behind.