Healthy eating isn’t always the easiest habit to maintain. Creating a healthy meal plan involves a lot of different factors. Biological necessities are the most important, but there are also environmental influences when maintaining a meal plan. Despite the best efforts, oftentimes many road blocks come up and prevent adherence to the meal plan. Here are a few common road blocks and ways to work around them.
8 Major Roadblocks and Solutions
“Where to Start?”
You could be very motivated to eat right but lack a starting point. Consult nutritionists to get a personal plan and guidelines to a healthy eating schedule.
“It Is Too Much Work”
At first, you may find it difficult to keep track of your diet, measure calories and keep accurate records. Start with one small step, and every week keep adding one small, but comfortable task. This will help break down a large goal into smaller, more manageable pieces.
“I Can’t Cook”
If you dislike cooking or are not good at it, you can start off with simple recipes from books or online. You can also learn from a mentor—whether that is a friend, hired professional or family member. The more you practice, the easier the process will become!
“I Am Not Hungry in the Morning”
Taking breakfast is a step towards healthy-eating; hence you have to train your system into it. Start by having breakfast twice a week, and work towards it until you can do it on a daily basis. Finishing dinner earlier in the evening will also help your body to have an appetite when you wake.
“I Still Want Junk Food”
You can still consume junk food, but in regulated amounts and on predesignated days. Oftentimes, people choose to have a “Cheat Day” where they decide to eat junk food for a specific amount of time as a reward for their hard work and adherence to the meal plan.
“I Hate Fruits and Vegetables”
Fruits and vegetables are vital assets in a healthy diet. It may take time to become accustomed to including them in your meal plan, but this can be accomplished by repetition and constantly testing out new recipes until you find one that works!
“It costs more money and time”
Eating healthy is not a cheap ordeal, but there are ways around that. Buy your cereals and foods in bulk when they are in season. They are cheaper. You can also prepare a week’s meal during the weekend and freeze it in several meal containers. All you shall need to do is warm each up.
“My family is used to specific meal options”
You can talk your family into a healthier lifestyle. Introduce them gradually by preparing one of your healthy food options once or twice a week. You can also use a healthier recipe of their favorite meals, for instance; grill chicken instead of frying it.