Six ideas to trick yourself into making healthier food choices
Our eating choices are reactions to the environment around us, not hourly proclamations of will power. Realizing this has allowed me to achieve a sustainable lifestyle change and overall improved health. Below I’ve compiled 6 ways to trick yourself into eating better. Give it a read!
- Store healthy foods in plain sight. Foods that are easy to spot – i.e. at eye level, in clear containers, on the counter top, at an arms reach, in a bowl on your table – will be the ones you go for. So invest in some see-through food storage and make the best of those spots.
- HIDE ultra processed foods. If you absolutely have to buy a bag of chips – see trick #3 – hide it from yourself. You will have to go out of your way to grab it and this makes it less likely that you’ll eat it.
- Don’t deprive yourself. Going a few days with only eating veggies will just make you look extra forward to your cheat day – so much so that you’ll binge out of control on it. If trick # 1 and 2 are in place and you need a salted pretzel, have one…but look to trick #4 while you’re eating it.
- Break up your food into pieces; slow down; chew thoroughly. Try EXTRA hard not to shove that Oreo into your mouth whole. Because before you know it you’ve shoved 3 more in your mouth whole and you hate yourself. Take it apart, savour the yumminess, and eat slowly. This won’t work if you’re starving so look to trick #5.
- Snack lightly throughout the day. The more frequent, small meals you have throughout the day, the less likely it is that you will binge. This can also help with energy levels and your mood. Have snacks. Especially if you’re about to go grocery shopping. This leads to my last trick.
- Never grocery shop hungry. This increases the likelihood that you will reach for foods that are higher in sugar and fat and lower in essential nutrients. Grocery lists can help here too.
Living on my own and then back with my parents again has taught me so much about my personal eating habits. Even though I have extensive education in and passion for food, heath, and wellness I STILL just reach for what’s in front of me. Even if it’s something that I know will make me feel crappy. My Italian family keeps the kitchen stocked with food and thank goodness for that. However, it’s not only with healthy foods. Rearranging some things, and encouraging the purchase and display of healthier foods has really helped me create a healthier eating environment at home. Try out your own modifications and let me know how they work for you!