Hey fellow Warriors
Today I am going to talk about what I call Warrior Food Habits.
Yeah, we all know we need to make good healthy food choices. But it can be tough, right?
Now i know we all have a sweet tooth and love chocolate every now and then but things like cookies, cake and chips do not warrior food make! Part of what makes it so tough to eat healthy is that we tell ourselves we need to stop eating certain things which puts a negative spin on any eating plan. What we really should be doing is looking to make positive lasting change, not a quick fix. We need to create new habits, change our tastes for better health for life.
So what is Warrior Food?
To become strong and healthy and fit to live your life and do whatever you want to do, you need to fuel your body.
Warrior food is simply good whole healthy food that provides necessary fuel for your body and brain to work and play and live. It is not food that adds empty calories and none of the good stuff your body needs. What comprises Warrior Food is different for everyone depending on their lifestyle, food tolerances, metabolism, activity level and so on. It is all a matter of finding out what works for you.
So how do we create good Warrior food habits?
By working against our own bad habits and setting ourselves up for success.
Follow these 5 steps and you will be well on your way to healthier eating for life.
Step 1 - Get rid of anything bad in your fridge, freezer or pantry.
Now i hate waste so you do necessarily have to throw it out - give it your workmates or even eat it yourself while saying, "I am really enjoying this cookie but I don't need it and when the packet it finished i won't be buying any more". You know this stuff just doesn't jump jnto your trolley, there is a conscious choice to buy it so make conscious choice from now on NOT to buy it.
Step 2 - Stock up on the good stuff.
What fruit do you like? Vegetables? Yoghurt? Nuts?
Make sure your fridge or pantry has healthy whole food options available especially for snacks so you are not tempted to reach for something full of sugar or fat. If you think you cannot get through the day without a snack, make up healthy snack bags ready to grab as you leave for work.
Step 3. Plan ahead.
This is a biggie. To make sure you have a great healthy option available for lunch or dinner, plan and cook ahead so it is easy to choose a healthy option.
Make up a week's lunches ahead of time, bag into single portions and freeze.
Prep a couple of meal options at the weekend to freeze so that you have quick healthy meals during the week when you don't feel like cooking.
Make up some jar salads for lunch to take to work. This ideas are endless, all that is needed is some planning and prepping and you are all set. Check out Instagram or Pinterest you will find a never-ending selection of recipes and ideas.
Step 4. Assemble some quick fixes
Search out recipes for easy simple healthy tasty and quick meals to cook using staple ingredients so that it is easy to cook from scratch. Compile a recipe notebook using Evernote so you always have your recipes handy when shopping or at work. Once you compile a recipe book of your favourites you will always have great options to choose instead of take away and processed food. Not only that, you will find that these taste a whole lot better than any take away food and usually they are quicker to make.
Step 5. Eat only whole food where possible.
Avoid eating processed food wherever possible. Read the ingredients of anything in a packet and reject it if it contains added sugar or salt or fat. Yes our diets do need some of these, but i have found that a good rule of thumb is to reject anything in a packet that has these ingredients or has a list of ingredients as long as your arm or that you cannot read. Better to make your own from scratch - not only it is healthier, it is tastier and cheaper too.
What are your favourite healthy eating habits? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.