There is a science to eating healthy. Trendy diets often lead to excess hunger and a longer wellness journey. Cleaning up your eating habits will give you a head start on embracing a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are on a journey to a stronger self or trying to kick that nightly sugar habit, we have a few tips that will make it a little easier to achieve your goals.
Skip juice cleanses, detox, and fad diets.
These “quick fix” diets don’t yield long-term results and ultimately leave you fighting the feeling of hunger. Eating a healthy diet will keep you satisfied and get you on the right track to a healthy lifestyle.
2. Literally clean out your fridge and pantry.
That box of cookies you have stashed in the back of the shelf? You will find yourself reaching for them before you know it. Purge your cabinets to eliminate the temptation.
3. Think about what you’re eating before you eat it.
One of the hardest things about starting a healthy lifestyle is reading your body’s signs. Pay attention to when you feel hungry and when you feel satisfied. This will help gauge when you’ve eaten too little or too much.
4. Cut back on alcohol.
Alcohol is empty calories and carries no nutritional value. Stick to one drink per day if you are focused on healthy eating.
5. Get cooking and stop ordering out.
Restaurants often use more salt, fat, and additives in their dishes than you might at home. Cooking for yourself means you are in control of what goes into your food.
6. Make one meal of the day veggie-based.
Women need an estimated 2.5 cups of vegetables per day. A big salad or grain bowl can hit that quota in one go and keep you full until your next meal.
Originally Appeared on SELF