In this post, I’ve shared my best weight loss tips and healthy eating tricks so you’ll be able to reach your healthy eating or weight loss goals without giving up tasty foods and snacks. You’ll just have to learn some simple healthy food hacks and implement them in your life. It’s as simple as it sounds!
You just have to believe in yourself and try these healthy eating hacks. Trust me, I’ve made ALL the mistakes. I’ve also learned, over the course of gaining and losing weight and then eventually keeping it off what works and what doesn’t work.
1. FORGIVE YOURSELF ALONG THE WAY
Bottom line: you’re human, and mistakes happen. If you ever slip up and you indulge in a not-so-healthy meal or snack, forgive yourself! You’re are allowed to make mistakes. Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t an all-or-noting kinda deal — you’ll have great days, but you’ll also have not-so-great days. The trick is to just don’t let those mistakes take over.
Try to consider this healthy lifestyle as a life-long journey, not a trendy fad. Or as a marathon, not a quick sprint. There will be ups and downs along the way so it’s better to stay positive and not blame yourself, but to hold yourself accountable for your choices and always try to improve, within reason.
Making less-than-healthy, unplanned food choices happens to everybody, but it’s easy to get back on track if you don’t let that mistake turn into a habit or, worse, let that mistake stop you from continuing your otherwise great progress. On a side note, that’s what makes planning so valuable — so you don’t set yourself up for failure.
2. USE YOUR BLENDER
If all else fails and you have limited options and limited time to eat healthy, blending your meal can be a great option. From smoothies to protein shakes, you can make any meal filling and nutritious, assuming you’re adding healthy ingredients.
For any basic smoothie, all you need is:
- liquid (any unsweetened milk of choice or water)
- fruit (bananas, blueberries, mangos, and strawberries work great)
- fat (can be nut butter, full fat greek yogurt, chia seeds, etc.)
- greens (spinach and kale are easy to blend to get your greens)
- protein powder (can choose to add to make it more filling as a full meal replacement — this protein powder is my fave!)
- ice (only needed if your fruit isn’t frozen or to thicken)
If you’re looking for a great blender that will never give you problems, definitely check out this Vitamix blender, which is what I have and love.
3. SPICE THINGS UP
Nobody wants to eat boring, bland food, especially people wanting to be excited by their healthy lifestyle. Oddly enough, it’s very common for people trying to eat healthy to not add spice or flavor to their foods. Personally, I wouldn’t last on a diet that didn’t taste good, and I would expect anyone else to, either. The whole point of making this healthy change is to change your lifestyle, but if you hate your food, you’re never gonna stick with it, in my opinion.
So, how do you stay clear from unsatisfying, “healthy” foods? Add spice blends, homemade sauces, and marinades to really spice things up and love your healthy lifestyle. That way, you know what’s in your food and you get the foods you love, all the while staying healthy and maintaining your goals. Simply put: refuse to suffer through a diet — instead opt for a delicious, healthy lifestyle.
Some of my favorite spices to enhance flavor to get started include:
- sea salt
- ground black pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dried herbs, like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and basil
- cayenne pepper
- ground ginger
- coconut sugar
4. LEARN TO SPOT SUGAR
Identifying the sugar amount and sources in your food is essential to getting healthy. Contrary to what many think , sugar is not just found in desserts, soft drinks, and sweet foods. Sugar is everywhere: in canned food, in junk food, in bread, and even in many snacks that are advertised as healthy. To identify the sugar, make sure you read the label on everything and stay away from anything that has added sugar.
To reduce sugar intake, opt for…
- water instead of sugar-filled drinks;
- homemade sauces instead of canned sauces with lots of sugar;
- whole foods instead of processed foods because processed foods contain added sugar and other ingredients that are not good for you;
- identify the many names of sugar
- use healthier alternatives for sweeteners, like coconut sugar and raw honey;
- avoid artificial sweeteners
Most of us, after reading the label and seeing high fructose corn syrup as one of the top 5 ingredients in the list would realize that food probably isn’t a good choice. But, what if you saw brown sugar, fruit juice, malt syrup, or organic cane juice? Would you stop and think this is just as bad? Because, despite how much nicer they may sound, they’re still forms of refined sugar.
Another very easy way to spot sugar in the nutrition labels is by recognizing the “-ose” suffix. So, when you see words that end in -ose, like sucrose, maltose, dextrose, fructose, glucose, galactose, high fructose corn syrup, etc., there’s a good chance it is sugar.
5. COOK YOUR OWN MEALS
A great way to kickstart weight loss and healthy eating is to cook your own food. Cooking your own meals will give you full control over the quality of ingredients, portions, and calories that you put into your body. It’s really the first step towards taking control of your food. Eating pre-packed foods are made to keep on shelves, not nourish your body and restaurants liberally use salt and butter to make their food taste great.
This is also a great way for you to learn what healthy foods you like and don’t like. If you’re looking for healthy eating inspiration, there’s TONS of meal prep ideas for healthy eating on this blog to get you started. Food life hacks don’t work if you hate your food so find what foods you enjoy and start there with basic ingredient substitutions to make them healthy (more on that later on in this post!).
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