Eating healthy is something very important to me. It doesn't mean I do it 100% but I'm always striving to do it more.
1. It's hard to focus on it if your only reason is aesthetics, so my first tip is: start caring for your well being. When I eat healthy I feel a difference on my mood, energy level, my sleep, my concentration, my productivity. My body shape is not the only reason why I like to healthy.
2. Plan it. Before heading to the grocery store, have a meal plan and a shopping list. No reason to hit the candy aisle if you aren't buying any. Stick to your plan.
3. Have one meal planned for the week where it's ok to eat whatever you want. Some people have "off days"; "junk days"; etc. I like to keep it at one meal.
4. Buy healthy snacks. I don't know about you but the hardest part of eating healthy in my opinion are snacks. So make sure you buy enough healthy ones for when you crave them. I like unsalted popcorn, dark chocolate almonds, fruits, chips and hummus, sugar free gum...
5. Cook your meals. It's almost impossible to eat healthy when eating out if you don't live in a major city. I am a vegetarian, which makes this task even harder. I know that if I eat out I will end up eating unhealthy. So I plan to cook most of my meals and make enough to have leftovers.
6. Know your triggers. Some things you do or eat attract junk food. You have to know yourself, your habits and your triggers. I know that if I'm going to the movies, I'm gonna want popcorn, so I bring my own. I know if I'm going to watch Netflix I'm gonna want a snack, so I chop some fruits in advance. If I go to a party, I try to eat beforehand. If I go to Starbucks I remind myself to stick to the unsweetened lattes.
7. Exercise. When we kill ourselves at the gym, the last thing we want is to waste it on a slice of pizza.
8. Get inspired and motivated. Follow healthy people online, look their blog posts, their photos, watch their videos. Keep yourself motivated.
9. Don't over complicate things. When choosing what to make or what to eat, stick to the basics. Most of your plate should be veggies, then add some protein and some carbs. Don't over eat. Snack right.
10. Try new things. But don't give up on it the first time. Chances are if you are like me, that the first time you try something new, you won't like. But make a point to eat it a few times, and I'm sure you will acquire the taste. Brussel sprouts, avocado, peanut butter, almond milk... are a few things that when I ate it for the first time, I hate it. Now I eat it all the time and love it.