Eating healthy foods isn’t exactly easy. After all, unhealthy food is easy, it’s cheap, it tastes yummy and it’s just so tempting. Meanwhile, healthy food is either way pricier or significantly more difficult to prepare–and, even when you do make it, it almost never tastes as good as old-fashioned junk food.
How are you supposed to get motivated to eat healthy when the benefits are largely long-term and humans are hard-wired for instant gratification? Well, that’s the topic of today’s article. Let’s get excited about eating right.
Make a Plan
Sit down a make a plan for the week. Pick a good day to be the start of your week, and the day before that, plan out the week’s meals. Find recipes that sound appealing or plan to go to restaurants that you know offer affordable, healthy meals.
By having a plan ahead of time and knowing what you’ll be making or buying, it makes it that much easier to avoid the temptation of getting something quick, cheap, and bad for you. Keeping the motivation to actually cook, however, is the next step.
Cooking Can be Fun
You might be wondering how, exactly, someone could be motivated to cook for fun, but trust us, it can be done. Rather than worrying about the ins and outs of the cooking process, busy your mind with something enjoyable, like listening to a favorite podcast or catching up with family in the kitchen. This way, your mind is focused on enjoyable things while you’re doing something mundane and boring.
Another way to make cooking fun is to get family to cook with you. If you have a significant other that wants to eat healthy as well, the two of you can work together to make the evening’s meal!
Think About the End Results
Remember: Eating healthy is a long-term investment in yourself, your health, and your family’s well-being. While you might not see the results right away, it’s important to remember that eating right is key to being healthy for years to come. Make sure you keep that in mind when you’re looking for motivation to eat a healthy, balanced diet!