August 6, 2018 By James L. Weaver
Many people set themselves the goal of living healthier at the beginning of the year. Maybe you’re one of them. And even if that’s a great goal, it sounds pretty abstract at first. What’s healthy anyway? And what do you have to do to say at the end of the year: Yeah, this year I’ve been living really healthier.
I would like to share with you a few habits that are part of a healthy lifestyle or make it easier for me to go through everyday life in a healthier way. The great thing about habits is that once you get used to something, you don’t have to think about it anymore and it’s no longer strenuous. Because healthy should not mean to forbid oneself things or to lead a convulsive life.
If some of these habits appeal to you, I would also recommend that you proceed slowly. Take one thing out and try it out for a few weeks. And when you realize it’s easy for you, you can tackle the next thing. This way you really manage to adopt a long-term healthy lifestyle and not make it a New Year’s resolution that you throw overboard again after a few weeks.
1. drink more water
It is actually such a simple thing and yet we often drink far too little. An easy way of not forgetting to drink water in everyday stress is to always have a reusable bottle with you that you refill throughout the day. Not when you get thirsty. As soon as you have emptied the bottle, it will be filled again. Put them somewhere where you can’t miss them, e.g. on your desk. At some point, you won’t even think about it and don’t need the thirst that reminds you of drinking.
Be sure to take a target for how much water you want to drink daily. Depending on how much you drink at the moment, e.g. 1.5, 2 or 2.5 liters. This way you can also check if you really drink more. There are also apps where you have a plant that you water depending on how much you drink and if you drink too little, it dies. If you are a guy for something like this, here you will find such an app.
2. shopping with a plan and without hunger
I don’t know about you, but when most things in my kitchen are healthy and fresh, it’s so much easier for me to eat healthy too. It is also clear because then you have many more healthy options and less unhealthy ones. So: Be sure to do your shopping and make a shopping list beforehand. You’ll be less seduced and won’t forget anything! Fresh and unprocessed foods are always good, but of course, there is nothing wrong with giving you something unhealthy.
If you are more interested in this topic, I can soon write a blog post on the topic of healthy shopping and the food I should not miss!
3. prepare fruit & vegetables
I don’t think I’m the only one with the opinion that we humans are getting more and lazier. You get so many products ready-made or delivered to your door the next day. I do not mean to speak badly here, but it tempts us to choose these simple and often unhealthier options. If you notice that this is holding you back from a healthier lifestyle, I advise you to counteract it.
Wash your fruit and vegetables immediately after shopping and prepare them by cutting, peeling, etc… Especially salad can be annoying to wash off. And carrots or the like can already be cut so you can snack them quickly. This is the slightly shallower form of “Meal Prepping”, but if you want to prepare whole dishes, of course, you are welcome to do so. This is, of course, a little more time-consuming.
4. precook beans, legumes & rice
Beans, chickpeas or wholemeal cereals are great sources of vegetable protein (and also good for other things;). In the supermarket, you will find beans and legumes mostly in tinned food, but it is cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly to buy such food uncooked and then prefer to cook it yourself. It is not as time-consuming as you might think. The only thing you need is some planning, as beans and chickpeas are best soaked for a few hours.
If you prepare foods with a long cooking time (such as rice) right at the beginning or end of the week, you save time during the week and thus also excuses to eat unhealthily. You should just make sure that you consume the food within a few days, otherwise, it will get worse.