1. Improve your purchasing habits
Eating healthy can feel like a battle of willpower. However, it’s infinitely more difficult to eat healthy when you’ve got a kitchen full of junk food; it’s typically ready to eat, making it even more likely that you’ll reach for it over, say, something that takes even a small amount of effort to prepare, like sliced apples and peanut butter, or fresh veggies and hummus. If you don’t buy it, it won’t be there to tempt you to cheat on your meal plan.
2. Simplify your meals
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating extravagantly. While preparing a complex meal and challenging your skills in the kitchen can be fun, it can also be time-consuming and expensive. Realistically, we don’t always have the time (or desire) to put a tremendous amount of effort into each of our meals. So, think simple in terms of ingredients and recipes. If you’re short on time or don’t love to cook, save the elaborate meals for special occasions (or skip them altogether) and focus on healthy recipes that are uncomplicated and well-balanced.