“Just eat better!” They say… But do they know what it takes to “eat better?” Committing to changing your diet is one thing, but actually following through is another. It may seem overwhelming at first to overhaul how you’ve been living life for however long it’s been, but we hope you can take solace in knowing that it doesn’t have to be as challenging as you think it is. In fact, it doesn’t even need to take much brainpower; you can actually trick yourself into eating healthy.
By using these tips and tricks, you can start eating healthily in no time and with barely any extra effort. We know you’re excited to learn these secrets, so get to it! And if you’re looking for more structure when it comes to eating better, check out This Is the Best Diet for Weight Loss.
Eat a small salad before dinner
Starting with a salad won’t just help you eat more veggies, but it can also help you eat less overall. One small study by Cornell researchers found that when participants started with a small serving of vegetables before their meals, they had lower blood glucose levels up to two hours after a meal than they would if they had the high-carb meal alone. This finding is particularly important for those with diabetes, as managing blood glucose levels can prevent long-term damage to nerves and organs; it’s also helpful for those with prediabetes—a condition that affects one in three Americans, according to the CDC—to prevent yourself from developing diabetes.
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Chop up veggies at the beginning of the week
When you’re so hungry you can eat a horse, you can’t deny that you’ll readily reach for whatever food you can get your hands on fast enough. So if that’s a bag of chips in your pantry, that’s your winner. Instead, why not trick yourself into eating healthy by having veggies chopped up and ready to eat? Pair them with hummus, ranch, tzatziki, or any salad dressing. If you’re looking for a good tub of hummus, try one of the 7 Best Healthy Hummus Brands to Buy, According to Dietitians.
Store healthy foods in clear containers
Seeing a pattern here? When you see that you have lentils, beans, carrots, yogurt, etc. etc. you’ll remember that you have them, and you’ll be more inclined to eat them! When you’re cleaning out your pantry, how often have you found an unused bag of split peas? Buy yourself some fun, clear containers, and organize your pantry.
Hide your junky snacks at the back of your pantry
It’s almost implied with the trick above, but inherent in our tip to make healthy foods front and center, you should be hiding your “junk” foods in the back. When you have to go through the trouble of grabbing a chair from your kitchen table, carrying it over to the pantry, then reaching far into the back to grab that bag of chips, you probably won’t be indulging as frequently as you have before. You definitely won’t if you read about these Unhealthiest Potato Chips on the Planet.
Simply stop buying unhealthy foods
Clean house. Or better yet, erase those salty snacks and sugary drinks from your grocery list for good. You can’t eat what you don’t have.
Keep fruit on the counter
When you see cookies or pretzels out on your counter, you’re more inclined to eat them, right? You can’t deny it. What you see is what you eat. According to a Cornell study, when women kept fresh fruit on their counters, they tended to be a normal weight compared with their peers who kept snacks like cereal or sodas. So why not trick yourself into eating something healthy by leaving fruit out on the counter? Better yet, leave out these 9 Best Fruits for Weight Loss, Approved by a Nutritionist for the best results.
Batch cook healthy snacks
Tied back to the chopping up veggies tip, healthy snack ideas are key when it comes to eating healthy. By batch cooking or prepping snacks, you set yourself up for success. Hard boiled eggs are a great high-protein snack to have on hand.
Believe it or not, but being thirsty makes us more likely to eat than being hungry, according to a study published in
Physiology & Behavior. There may not be a simpler way to eat better than to simply drink more water. If you’re not staying hydrated, watch out for these 7 Side Effects of Not Drinking Enough Water.