If you’re like me, you’ve heard the phrase “Eating high protein healthy food doesn’t have to be hard” more times than you can count. You might even be sick of hearing it, as I was at first. But as I started to embrace this idea for myself and in my own life, I realized that this phrase was actually very true! Eating healthy isn’t necessarily about being perfect all the time or following strict rules—it’s about making small changes and finding ways to love food again in a new way.
Eat food you love
Don’t deprive yourself of foods you love.
Don’t feel guilty if you eat something you love, just don’t overindulge in it. Don’t feel bad if you eat something that isn’t good for your body, just try to limit how often that happens by adding more high protein healthy food and snacks into your daily routine, practice portion control when eating out or snacking at home, and finally learning how to cook foods you love in a healthy way. If it’s offered to me I’ll take a bite out of whatever is being passed around at parties and gatherings but I always make sure to put the rest down before I go back for seconds (or thirds). But really, it’s not the one time you have cake, it’s the other 21 meals you eat every week that make you gain or lose weight. If you love pizza, why not learn how to make a high protein pizza that doesn’t ruin your calories? It’s out there, so try it out! I would recommend www.makeyourmealsepic.com! It’s easy and you have dozens of options available every day!
Avoid soda and other sweet drinks
Soda and other sweet drinks are full of sugar and calories. For example, regular soda contains about 40 grams of sugar and 150 calories in a 12-ounce serving. That’s the same amount as 4 cookies! Drinking soda can lead to weight gain, diabetes and other health problems like tooth decay or obesity. Sugar is addictive – you may find yourself drinking more than you realize because it tastes so good. When you stop drinking soda, you’ll find it easier to avoid other sweetened beverages like juice.
There are many great alternatives to soda if this is something that interests you:
- Water – Water has zero calories but it doesn’t have to be boring either – try adding fruit slices for flavor or infusing your water with herbs for extra nutrients (see below).
- Tea – Tea has been around for thousands of years because it’s good for us! Green tea is especially good because it contains antioxidants called catechins which help prevent cancer cells from growing by removing free radicals from our body (cancer-causing molecules). You can also add fruit slices such as lemon or lime wedges into hot tea if desired but remember not too much sugar since there’s already natural sweetness in most teas without adding any extra sweetener into them!
- Water flavors like LMNT, Relyte, or zero calorie drink mixes are another great options.
Choose high protein options
Eating more high protein foods is a smart way to boost your immunity, metabolism and energy. High protein foods also help you feel fuller for longer, so you’ll be less likely to overeat.
If you’re trying to lose weight, it can be tempting to choose lower fat options when we look at the nutrition labels on packaged foods. But don’t make this mistake: higher fat content doesn’t mean a food is unhealthy or unhealthy for your health goals. Take time to learn about fats and how they benefit your body.
Monitor your portions and eat according to your needs
Portion control is important. You should know how much you need to eat and eat just that amount. Use a food scale to measure portions, and cook with spices and herbs as a way to add flavor. Experiment with different flavors until you find one that works for you, then memorize the recipe so that you can make it again in the future.
Make 75% of your meals and give yourself freedom for the rest
You can have treats, just not all the time.
Cook at least 75% of your food at home.
Make a list of places you can go out to eat at for the other 25% of your meals.
Keep foods low in protein at a minimum, especially if you’re trying to lose weight (or gain muscle) by eating more calories than you burn off during the day. People can easily under eat protein while also overeating carbs and fat, so make sure that it’s a part of every meal or snack you’re having (and if not, add some!).
Teach yourself how to cook! It’s one of those things that seems hard but is actually pretty easy once you get used to it; don’t count calories perfectly and just get enough—it’s better than nothing! Have enough snacks around so that when hunger strikes and the temptation kicks in (which happens often), there are high protein healthy food options available instead of junk food or fast food restaurants nearby where there may be no nutritional value whatsoever hidden within their offerings.
Eating healthy is simple, but easy to forget idea.
While there is no “secret” to eating healthy, it does require a little effort. The following tips will help you stick to your goals and make healthier choices:
- Eat what you love. Don’t try to force yourself into eating foods that are bland or boring if they don’t interest you. Find ways to make your favorite meals healthier without sacrificing the taste!
- Avoid soda and other sweet drinks, especially those with added sugar. Artificial sweeteners are toxic in large amounts and can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, stomach pain and diarrhea when consumed in excessive amounts over time (more than 3 cans of diet soda per day). If possible replace these soft drinks with water or unsweetened iced tea instead! In fact, try not to drink any of your calories. That’s a little better.
- Choose high protein options. High protein sources include red meat, chicken, fish, nuts like almonds or peanut butter, all of which have certain healthy fats your body needs.. Another popular choice would be fish because they contain omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to reduce inflammation throughout our bodies including within our brains where this can lead to Alzheimer’s disease later on down the road.
Eating high protein healthy food doesn’t have to be super complicated. It just requires a little bit of planning and a willingness to try new things! We hope this article gave you some ideas for how to get started on your own personal high protein healthy food plan.