An Insider’s Guide to Eating More Veg

A woman eating a piece of avocado toast.

You know that whole thing about eating healthy? Yeah, it’s not just for the hipsters and health nuts. Turns out, only about 10% of us are getting enough veggies in our daily lives. That’s a sad statistic, and we’re here to help you change that.

So, how do you go from craving junk food to craving brussel sprouts? Well, my friend, it’s all about rewiring your brain. Every time you choose a healthy option, you’re strengthening your desire for it.

Here are some tips to help you change the way you think and eat.

Changing the Way You Think

  • Remember Your Purpose. You’re not just doing this for fun, you’re doing it for a reason. Whether it’s to look and feel your best, have more energy, or save on medical bills, keep your goals in mind.

  • Plan Ahead. Ask yourself if those few minutes of munching on junk food are worth the consequences. Would your future self be better off if you snacked on healthier options?

  • Study Nutrition. The more you know about how your diet affects your health, the stronger your motivation will be. Learn how to read food labels and restaurant menus.

  • Form New Habits. It’s easier to start a positive new habit than to break an old routine. If you’re used to eating junk food, try replacing it with healthier options.

  • Focus on Non-Edible Rewards. If emotional eating is a concern, find other ways to reward yourself. Spend time with friends or watch a movie.

  • Enlist Support. Surround yourself with others who are trying to eat well. You can encourage each other and share feedback.

Changing the Way You Eat

  • Add Healthy Fats. Broccoli can be a lot more appealing when you drizzle on olive oil.

  • Hunt For Bargains. Look for seasonal produce or grow your own. Stock up on inexpensive staples like beans and lentils.

  • Beautify Your Place Settings. Presentation makes a big difference. Create an attractive centerpiece or light candles. Use colorful dishes and bowls.

  • Branch Out. Experiment with different salad greens and sign up for cooking classes.

  • Carry Snacks. Bring hummus or yogurt to the office with you for your afternoon break.

  • Make It Convenient. Keep a bowl of fruit on your dining room table. Buy whole-wheat pizza crusts you can top with cut veggies and cheese for a hot meal in minutes.

So, there you have it. With a little bit of mental training and some lifestyle changes, you can start craving food that’s good for you. Just imagine how great you’ll feel when you’re chowing down on a bowl of beets with the same enthusiasm you usually reserve for double-fudge brownies.

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