I’ve got to say – being in Toronto has made eating healthy difficult.
It’s not as if I eat terribly. I try and cook dinner and bring a lunch to work when I can, but it can be hard. It’s just that everything they make in restaurants looks so much better!
Here are five realistic steps for all those food lovers out there who aren’t willing to sacrifice grilled cheese, tacos and Pizzaiolo but want to eat a little better.
1) If you ate lunch already, don’t eat a second one.
I can’t count the number of times this has happened to me. To prove to myself I’m healthy, I’ll bring a lunch, then go for a walk down Queen Street. The problem is there’s countless food options that beat my lunch by a landslide. Yet, even though I’ve eaten – I buy a mini poutine anyways. Don’t do it. You really don’t need lunch number two. Trust me. I regret it every time.
2) Make lunch with your dinner.
When you’re making dinner, just make some extra for lunch. My issue is always making way more than needed, but instead of saving some for lunch, I eat it. This always makes me feel too full and sick. Just save it for lunch – you’re saving money and being healthy at the same time. Double winning!
3) Eat the food you bought.
We’ve all been through it – opening the fridge after a week and realizing we didn’t eat half the produce we bought and SURPRISE, it’s gone bad. If you go home and cut up all your vegetables right away, it’s more likely you’ll eat them faster.
4) Use Pinterest.
Seriously. It’s amazing for recipes. Most of what I make is based off of what I find on Pinterest. Even if you don’t feel like eating it that night – Pin it and save it for later.
5) Avoid the danger zones.
These are stores like the Dollar Store and Bulk Barn – stay away. Trust me on this, I live next to a Dollar Store – it’s a dangerous place. Have you been down those candy aisles? Try and reserve these trips for nights of indulging and just buy massive bags of candy like I do.