How to Eat Healthy and Not Go Crazy

Training consistently takes discipline. Eating well takes even more discipline, and that’s why people often fail.

They give into the temptation of binge eating unhealthy foods, or get lazy with their meal preparation. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “I’ll start eating healthy tomorrow”. I’m sure you’ve even told yourself that one too many times.

Ignoring temptation and eating consistently healthy is a challenge, but there are ways to make it easier on yourself.

1. Cheat meals are good!

Once a week, give yourself a treat and have a cheat meal (not day, meal). If you’re working on losing weight, and eating reduced calories then it’s important to have a cheat meal once a week to boost your metabolism.

Focus on eating more carbohydrates than normal for this meal rather than fat. If at all possible, have this cheat meal immediately after a hard workout or training session.

Cheat meals will help you maintain your sanity as well. You’ll also be able to handle your cravings far easier if you have regular cheat meals. Depriving yourself of the finer things in life for too long will lead to you burning out.

2. Prepare your food in batches

Everyones lives can get busy at times and our health is unfortunately one of the first things to suffer. Prepare your meals in advance so you’re not tempted to take the quick and easy route of junk food when your life gets too busy.

3. Healthy food does taste good

Far too often people assume that eating healthy is boring and tasteless. Nothing could be further from the truth! Eating healthy does not mean you have to eat “rabbit food”.

Stock up on a good range of herbs and spices, and learn how to use them. Replace unhealthy sauces and salad dressings with healthier alternatives without sacrificing flavour.

It’s a lot easier to stick to a healthy eating program when the meals taste good.

4. Use supplements

Use a high quality protein powder to help reach your protein targets. Protein shakes are quick, easy and relatively cheap sources of protein. Please do remember to use it to supplement your diet — try to eat good quality, natural food sources!

5. Adjust your calorie targets to suit your lifestyle

Your recommended daily calorie and macro targets are only recommended. You can adjust your daily intakes to suit your lifestyle as required.

Increase your calorie and carbohydrates on training days and reduce them for your rest days. If you know you’ve got a big event coming up on the weekend, reduce your caloric intake throughout the week so you can comfortably eat more on the weekend without needing to blow out your weekly food intake.

6. Get Friends and family involved

Try to get your friends and family involved with your healthy eating goals. It’s much easier to stick to your goals when you surround yourself with like-minded people.

It also means that you can share the workload when it comes to preparing healthier meals.

7. Always remember why you started

Focus on why you’re doing what you’re doing. Remember why you started in the first place. Do not forsake your long-term goals for short-term gains… unless it’s your cheat meal.

— Tanna xoxox