Healthy living, like food, is becoming a staple of a modern lifestyle. If you’re health-conscious, you want to benefit from being more adventurous and increased confidence. However, there is a glaring problem and it’s called boredom. Going to the gym and eating the same tasteless foods every day is monotonous and encourages dieters to cheat. Yep, there’s a chance your resolve might break.
Solving food boredom is the key to staying fit and healthy in the long-term. When you’re excited by the challenge and find it fun, you won’t crave junk food. Say goodbye to burgers and fries and pizzas because they’re a thing of the past. Instead, say hello to fruits and vegetables and superfoods. That’s how simple it is – enjoy what you’re doing and the pounds will stay away forever.
Okay, it isn’t as easy as it sounds on paper because the mind is a complicated thing. The good news is that it isn’t too complex as you can trick it with a handful of handy hacks which revolve around getting over it. Here are the ways to start if you need inspiration and have been searching in the wrong places.
Spice It Up
Eating plain food is going to get old after a while. The novelty will wear thin and you’ll be desperate for something fatty and rich and tasty. With that in mind, the best thing to do is to add a little spice to your dishes to appease the belly and the brain. Recipes that are aromatic and smell incredible will make the taste buds work overtime and force the mouth to salivate. When you’re looking forward to devouring a meal, there’s definitely an enjoyment factor. Spices such as chilli powder, paprika and Cayenne pepper or fresh herbs work wonders.
Remember that you can use this trick for almost any meal. Take a sandwich as an example. With brown bread, light mayo and no butter, it’s not going to be one of the tastiest hoagies you’ve ever eaten. But, thanks to a couple of slices of avocado and a dollop of hummus, it transforms into something special. Crushed nuts, such as cashews or walnuts, add a different texture as well as a salty aftertaste.
Don’t worry about being unhealthy. It’s better to indulge a tiny amount to stop you from overdoing it with every meal.
Remember That Prep Makes Perfect
Sitting down and eating is the easy part; the hard bit is cooking it in the first place. The preparation aspect of healthy eating is where lots of people come unstuck as they can’t be bothered. After a long day at work and with the gym to fit in, they can’t be bothered slicing shallots and browning off top-quality lamb cutlets in the pan. And, you’re the same. Heck, I’m the same. Sometimes I’ll spend an hour or two on the weekend prepping some basics. Others I’ll make sure to make an extra big batch of the protein or veggies with one night’s dinner that I can use for another night.
Thankfully, preparing food doesn’t have to be a long process that never seems to end. With quick and easy meals you can sit down to a meal in less than thirty minutes. Chicken is an excellent ingredient as it’s high in protein and it cooks really quickly. You can even pick up a grocery store rotisserie chicken all pre-cooked! All you have to do then is to change up the recipes so that they don’t get tiresome. Here’s Jamie Oliver’s comprehensive list that includes everything from a sausage bake to a grilled squid salad.
You might want to make the atmosphere more exciting too. Listening to a podcast or music takes the mind off the process so that it doesn’t feel as drawn out. Also, it might encourage you to dance and shake your booty to the music. Literally dance like no one’s watching. Or get the kiddos in for a family dance party! It counts as exercise too so it’s a double winner.
Just Add Fruit
There’s no doubt that some things are plain to the point where there is no enjoyment whatsoever. Think grilled chicken with steamed vegetables and no sauce. Sorry, but only athletes whose careers depend on it are going to stick to this diet. Everyone else is going bounce like a rubber band ball. Adding fruit might be the answer, though. Everything from salads to healthy homemade tacos have an extra zing when they incorporate fruit thanks to the natural sugars.
Water is no different either. Whereas food is important, H2O is essential as it regulates the body. Not only that but drinking soda or coffee or anything else that’s unhealthy only adds empty calories. Water is basic yet it’s one of the healthiest resources on the planet. To make sure you drink your fair share each day, try adding fruit. Hint’s fruit infused water turns the things you must do into the stuff you want to do.
Don’t forget smoothies! You shouldn’t substitute them for food completely, but they are a good addition. Because they’re thick and full of flavor, you won’t feel disappointed after a shake. I’ve been loving my orange, pineapple, vanilla protein shakes lately.
Be Sure To Cheat
Cheating sounds like a bad idea but it’s a staple of a healthy diet. Why? It’s because it gives you a taste of what you’re missing and stops your brain from going into meltdown. If you need to resist temptation on a daily basis, something is inevitably going to crack. However, it’s the way you cheat which is important.
The majority of people opt for a cheat day and fit as much indulging into 24-hours as possible. Although it appears like a solid compromise, it’s often a risk as you might find it tough to get back on track. Suddenly, you’re less motivated and it’s due to the fact you spent Sunday gorging on chocolate and chips. I’ve gone this route before and sometimes it works, sometimes it fails miserably.
Try to cheat at least once a day by indulging in the little things. If there is a piece of chocolate in the fridge, snap off a couple of squares and enjoy it! Chocolate that has a high percentage of cocoa has health benefits anyway so it isn’t a total waste. The key is to keep everything in check to stay on track. Honestly, some of my leanest and healthiest times have been when I’ve been enjoying chocolate and other “cheats” a couple of times a day!
Getting over food boredom is about thinking up creative ways to enjoy your meals and stay healthy. Have you got anything in mind that can help?
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.