Does healthy living seem more complicated than it should be?
When I’m not working on Health Kismet I sometimes do nutrition outreach work in Florida.
This past weekend I was taking a tour through a grocery store helping people read labels and make the best food choices.
It ended up being more complicated than I thought it’d be, and there were more than a few times when I was caught not knowing what to say, which is unusual.
So it got me thinking about what I’d tell someone who was beginning to think about eating right for the first time and didn’t know where to begin.
In my opinion loading people up with different diet regimens and nutrition facts is a bad idea. Leads you astray and makes it less likely you’ll stick with it in the long run.
Who wants to always live by strict rules?
Especially when it comes to something as fun as eating.
So here are my 10 Thoughts to Make Healthy Living Easy
Understand that the utility derived from indulgent foods quickly goes down after the first few bites.
Throwing food away is a lesser sin than digesting something that’s bad for you. Better to waste landfill space than your own well being.
Focus on taste and quality of ingredients first.
Don’t focus on calories and other easily quantified metrics like GI or level of carbs. Eventually they’ll all miss the point if you follow them too closely.
Learn how to cook at least 5 different meals before you decide to go on a diet.
Learn what vegetables you like to eat before you go on your diet.
When you decide to change your eating regime, focus on unprocessed foods that are fresh moreso than being vegan, vegetarian, paleo, macrobiotic, etc.
Pick up an exercise at the same time, you’ll see results quicker and be more likely to stick with it.
Eat right by yourself so you can afford to eat wrong when other people are around.
Either join a cooking group or team sport as you begin so you’ll have friends to work with. Make especially sure that they’re at the same level you’re at. It’s no fun seeing someone run circles around you.