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4 Ways to Eat Healthier While Maintaining Your Sanity

Published on 19th May 2019


Looking to give your diet a much-needed revamp? Before shuddering at the thought of pretending to enjoy kale, I’ve got good news for you. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be miserable.

With a bit of creativity and variety, you’ll find that eating healthy can actually be enjoyable – and the results might make it worth sticking around.

Season it up. 


If you force yourself to eat unbearably bland food and call it a night, you’ll be ordering pizza before you know it.

So don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings and sauces to make your meals more flavorful and filling.

For instance, I love adding a blend of lemon & pepper seasoning with garlic powder to shaved brussel sprouts or broccoli. Pesto is also great on grilled chicken or fish. Smoked paprika and ground cumin are a game-changer for green beans.

Bottom line? Don’t limit yourself to salt and pepper. A little extra flavor can go a long way!

Make it easy.

Confession time: I didn’t really learn to cook until I was about 24.

While I love to cook now, we all have those exhausting days where cooking sounds like just another tedious chore.

In these cases, meal prepping can be a life-saver. Try cooking a week’s worth of veggies, chicken, and rice on Sundays and store them in Tupperware, so you can just pop them in the microwave when dinnertime rolls around.

I also like grabbing a few Love the Wild seafood kits at Whole Foods. With these, you can make salmon and halibut that looks and tastes restaurant-worthy in about 20 minutes.

Plus, snag a few prepared food items at the grocery store to serve as a quick side dish. I always grab a batch of Zoodles!

Maintain variety.


When I first started getting serious about eating healthier, I ate roughly the same dinner every single night.

In addition to not being a sustainable strategy, who the hell wants to do that?

To keep yourself on-track and avoid getting bored, make sure that you’re regularly switching things up.

Instead of pinning a bunch of mouthwatering recipes that you’ll probably never actually make, check out your cabinets and search for fun recipes with ingredients that you have on-hand.

I recently found a mushroom cauliflower rice skillet recipe, which was a fun way to combine the veggies I already had in my fridge.

Plus, try shaking up the way you prepare your meals. Do you typically grill your veggies? Roast them for a change of pace.

Always stay creative in the kitchen, and you’ll avoid falling into a nutritious “rut.”

Track your progress.

While I don’t personally count calories anymore, the MyFitnessPal app is great for becoming more conscious about your food intake.

Keeping a “food diary” may seem daunting at first, but it can serve as that first helpful nudge toward keeping yourself accountable and motivated. It can also be rewarding to monitor your journey and see where you’ve improved.

Even if you’re not looking to necessarily lose a specific amount of weight, the app can also just provide some good education around portion control and simple dietary swaps.

A nutritious diet requires a sense of commitment, but there’s always room for flexibility. What worked for someone else may not work for you, and vice versa.

Avoid getting too caught up in a rigid plan, because a specific diet won’t magically improve your life. However, a balanced routine may make you feel better along the way.

What other strategies have you used to make healthy eating more enjoyable? Let me know in the comments! 



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Jimmy Clare

Posted on May 20, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

I love having easy meals that are healthy. I try to track my calories just to make sure I am consuming enough.

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Genya

Posted on May 21, 2019, 8:52 a.m.

These are great tips! I think the secret is to find the balance of what comes on the plate and not to starve. :)
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Kelly Diane

Posted on May 21, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

Such a great, well written post. I love using My Fitness Pal because it tells you what things are in the food at a glance without having to read loads of packets.

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Louben R.

Posted on May 21, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

Those are some great tips! Making it easier is one of the best things one can do. Like you mentioned, prepping for the week makes all the difference. I also love MyFitnessPal not strictly to track calories. The primary reason I like MyFitnessPal is that it makes people AWARE. Close to 100% of my clients once they start tracking their log say, "wow, I didn't realize this had so much sugar in it, or so much calories, or so much salt etc." When we are aware, we tend to make better decisions.


Great post!

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Angella

Posted on May 21, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Thanks for sharing these great tips! I always try my best to maintain a healthy diet & realized that meals don't need to be complicated to be good for you! Just cook some quinoa with some seasoned veggies & hummus on the side & you're all set!

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Susan

Posted on May 22, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

I love finding new things to do with the veggies sitting in my fridge. Thanks for more ideas! Sharing this on my FB page and tweeting it, I love it! https://www.facebook.com/FitnessMotivationbySusan/
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Caroline Thompson

Posted on May 22, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

I was 24 when I started cooking too!! Late bloomers. :)

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Kate

Posted on May 23, 2019, 1:23 a.m.

I actually don't mind having to repeat my meals. I find that it frees me of making this tiny decision everyday -- to fish or not to fish? -- and I don't really have to spend a lot of time perusing the menu. There are moments, though, when I'm relaxing and I give myself the freedom to try something new for a change :) These are great tips!


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Tamra

Posted on May 23, 2019, 1:24 a.m.

Good post. I love the pictures of what you cooked. It makes me want to eat a bit better, as it looks good! Thanks for the tips!!

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Melissa Jade

Posted on May 25, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

I think you hit on two key elements of keeping my sanity with food - variety and convenience. I love the valuable tips and the food looks delicious too!

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Naomi (Inching Forwards)

Posted on May 26, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

This is some really solid advice, and I definitely will put some of it into practice. I think mixing up flavours is a great idea (I'm good at making curry/chilli type flavours but less creative outside that) as well as meal prep. Even if it only takes half an hour, sometimes I really feel that cooking takes a big chunk out of my evenings, so I really need to try and prep more. Hopefully your lovely post with be the kick up the butt I needed! Thank you <3

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