Itâ€™s so easy to treat food like nothing â€“ itâ€™s easy and convenient, and itâ€™s everywhere. You can grab a burger at a fast food place for a dollar, and itâ€™ll fill you up, but whatâ€™s the real price youâ€™re going to pay for that burger? Everyone knows that all sorts of crap goes into our food when weâ€™re not the ones to personally prepare it, but sometimes itâ€™s hard to care. But if youâ€™re serious about getting fit and healthy, you have to start from the ground up, and that means leaving burgers behind (mostly).
Eating healthy doesnâ€™t have to be a prison sentence. If you feel, like The Simpsons, that you donâ€™t win friends with salad, there are other options available for you. While you should try to eat SOME veggies, they donâ€™t have to be boring â€“ they just canâ€™t be fried. Have a stir-fry, throw in some beef or chicken or (gasp!) tofu. You can even roast some veggies in the oven and have them with pasta â€“ go for whole wheatâ€¦and if youâ€™re not a fan of that, they have some whole wheat pastas that taste like the regular stuff.
Itâ€™ll sting, but avoid foods with the following words: fried, frosted, or creamy.
The biggest thing to remember is that itâ€™s all about portion control. You can go on those silly fad diets that ban this or that, but the biggest thing is just the size of the portions.
When youâ€™re eating like this, itâ€™s always good to take a little multivitamin every day. You might not be getting all the minerals you need from the food you eat, but taking one of these puppies every day will fix that.
PRO-TIP: In most cases, you can take 2 kids multivitamins in the place of an adultâ€¦and Flintstone vitamins still exist. Please check the label of your favorite brand before you start chugging them back.
Spice it Up
When youâ€™re trying out a new way to eat, the worst thing you can do is make it boring. See a vegetable youâ€™ve never tried before? Pick it up! Grab cool looking recipe books with stuff that actually looks good to eat. Donâ€™t fall into the trap of eating the same thing day in and day out.
Finally, donâ€™t deprive yourself. Seriously, itâ€™ll suck, and youâ€™ll end up aching for the food youâ€™ve cut off. If youâ€™re craving cheese, there are low-fat varieties. If chocolate is your thing, get a little 100 calorie bar. If you want chips, Lays makes a great baked chip. Again, moderation is the key â€“ donâ€™t eat a bunch of 100 calorie chocolate bars and think youâ€™re doing well. Then again, having one isnâ€™t going to kill you, and just might give you the satisfaction you need to maintain your new food habits.