Social media has boosted the “healthy eating” movement, and ever since the trend started, pretty much anyone has tried a recipe found on highly populated platforms. The internet simply abounds in all recipes, from desserts to plant-based meals to cannabis-infused drinks. The fact that you’re exposing yourself to digital content related to “clean eating” is a perfect starting point for creating better eating habits, considering you’re sorting through the suggestions and separating the wheat from the chaff. As you may already know, not everything in the digital realm is worth trying, and recipes come down to the user’s specific needs and preferences. What works for one isn’t guaranteed to work for you.
Everyone wants to develop and stick to healthier diets without excessive effort. However, by analyzing various studies, you may conclude that it’s not onerous to create better eating habits. To help you improve your lifestyle, we’ve curated a guide on the best practices that will enhance your health and well-being while also becoming part of your lifestyle.
Grow your food
Of course, growing and nurturing your herbs, veggies, or fruits isn’t always possible as the requirements are long. From sufficient space to time and good soil to seeds – there are simply plenty of necessities to ensure and adjustments to make. However, if you have what you need to grow your plants from seeds, it would be quite a shame not to take advantage of the opportunity. You likely know that fruits, herbs, and vegetables grown at home are more abundant in nutrients than mass-cultivated products that are chemically sustained.
With regards to the options that you have regarding your choice of plants, you have quite an unlimited list. Anything can be grown at home, from strawberries to potatoes to cannabis. And the latter is a plant gaining more popularity in households in the states where it is allowed to be grown due to the health benefits provided, like vitamins, fiber, and minerals. It’s rich in calcium, folate, iron, vitamin K, vitamin C, and more, and it only takes getting the right seeds, depending on your preferences and environmental options. For instance, if you want seeds that can handle pests and cold well and be grown in different weather conditions, you should get feminized cannabis seeds. Removing males can be stressful and time-consuming, but feminized seeds only produce female plants for creating buds, so you don’t have to worry about that burdensome practice.
As you’re likely aware, growing your plants can bring far-reaching benefits beyond what’s on your plate, with plenty of research available to sustain this. You can develop a pleasant hobby, grow your skills, and create a long-term practice by cultivating your food.
Try new recipes
Clinging to the same recipes out of fear of ruining a meal is not uncommon. People stick to what they have experienced in cooking for many reasons, like convenience or guaranteeing that the outcome is edible and tasty. However, while it’s understandable and advised not to try everything on the internet, taking this behavior to extremes can limit your portfolio of recipes.
The internet is full of recipes that use common sense and are well-explained, so your chances of messing it up are as low as possible. Additionally, you can easily find anything you want with a single click. If you make pasta with whatever leftovers are in your fridge, you’ll likely find an interesting online recipe. And if you want to make a habit of including cannabis in your meals or drinks, you can also rely on social media to provide you with easy-to-make and success-guaranteed recipes. You can grow your cannabis at home if you opt for the white widow strain, as it’s pretty easy to cultivate and suitable for both beginners and experts.
Establish a “cue” list
Despite knowing this decision isn’t the best, everybody has moments when they would snack on something mindlessly without feeling hungry or give in to the cravings. At the same time, this behavior is commonplace and found in many people. Giving your body what it doesn’t need or overfeeding it isn’t the healthiest decision. Eating under stress or without hunger can lead to serious health problems as you may quickly develop overeating issues, which cause weight gain. If you find yourself thinking of something to snack on in the following situations, double-think whether you’re starving or it’s your body’s reaction to different emotions and feelings:
- Watching content on TV, laptop, smartphone, etc., for a prolonged period
- Accepting dishes because someone has just cooked them for you
- Having cabinets filled with your favorite snacks
- Passing by your favorite drive-through
- Having a vending machine nearby
- Before or after a stressful moment.
Surround yourself with health
Growing research shows that people worldwide surround themselves with over-processed food more than ever. These foods are industrially processed and often have additives such as stabilizers, thickeners, sweeteners, aspartame and other ingredients damaging to people’s health. They’re only used to make products taste and preserve better, but this comes at a high cost. The list of overly-processed foods includes frozen dinners, sweets, snacks, and fast food.
The easiest way to reduce the chances of making poor choices and eating unhealthy products is to keep them out of your sight and house, as you’ll have no access. While you can’t escape from them altogether, the long-term benefits of limiting access to them as much as possible will be seen.
The aforementioned suggestions may seem challenging and overwhelming, especially if you haven’t been paying attention to your eating habits or want to implement them all at once. If you ever feel discouraged, remember that any little step counts and engaging in these healthy practices only gets easier with time.
Here are some other suggestions that you should consider when looking to improve your dietary habits:
- Write down your meals in a journal
- Avoid media as much as you can
- Keep your meals device-free
- Watch your portions
- Try different recipes
- Have more fish.