Eating Healthy is expensive.
Eating healthy is stressful.
I want to eat healthier, but I don’t have the time.
I’m a picky eater.
How do I eat to lose weight?
How do I eat to gain weight?
What is the best diet for weight loss?
What is the best diet for weight gain?
How to eat healthy on a budget?
Don’t Feel Alienated If You Find It Hard To Eat Healthy
If you have ever made at least one of these statements, or asked at least one of these questions, I want you to know that you should not feel alienated. These are legitimate questions to ask, or statements to make. Eating healthily (healthier) is very hard. To support, what we have to contend with in deciding what to eat include:
- Us eating for nutrition/health vs us eating for functional performance vs us eating for satiety vs us eating based on mood.
- we eating based on time of the month-busy period with tight deadlines, vs light period with little to no deadlines.
- And eating based on our budget.
When there is much to consider with food, it is very difficult for food to be eaten, much less enjoyed. But the challenge(s) don’t stop there. Add the challenges of the physical environment & policies in place (government, organization, and household scales); and sufficiently adhering to dietary solutions (whether provided by a professional or otherwise) becomes harder to realize & live by.
Healthier Eating (sustainably) Dietary Tips
Tip #1 Be Sensitive To Your Environment
Over the next 20 years, multiple forms of malnutrition will pose increasingly serious threats to global health. Population growth combined with climate change will place increasing stress on food systems. Unless policy makers apply the brakes on overweight, obesity and diet-related disease and accelerate efforts to reduce undernutrition, everyone will pay a heavy price: death, disease, economic losses and degradation of the environment. Food System & Diets: facing the challenges of the 21st century; pp5
The global Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s effects on food distribution & access in both developed and developing states, should be still fresh on our minds (today in 2022). Add to that the effects of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war on the price of grains such as wheat, and it should be clear to you that environment (physical & human; natural & man-made) is a significant factor to consider towards you eating healthy sustainably. The more sensitive you are, to your environment, through your staying current of global & local affairs, the more you will be able to implement the subsequent tips below.
Tip #2 Budget & Be Disciplined With Your Budget
Food consumption requires resources. For resources to be available, the investment of equity (money, energy/manpower, time), is required. This required investment needs strategic planning towards efficient management. And this strategic management ought to revolve around timescales, at short term-medium term-long term lengths. These are steps and points to consider when developing your food budget(s)-for self and loved ones.
Tip #3 Build Your Healthy Eating Plan Around A Strong Accountable System/Network
You stand a greater chance of building your healthy eating plan or developing healthier habits in general, with the involving of a strong social web that holds you accountable. The reality is that as social creatures, having access to a supporting social network, is proven to to be an asset towards aiding positive behavior change. Take for example the story of Delone. By having the support of family & friends, Delone was able to successfully reduce her risk of developing type 2 diabetes & hypertension.
Click the link below for further depth on Delone story & tips:
Tip #4 Be Adaptable In Preparation & Execution
As you apply the tips above to you, I want to emphasize the importance of you being adaptable. In my opinion, this tip, along with tip#1, holds more weight than the others. My reason for this position is because the world (environment) isn’t static. The world as we know it is dynamic. And it’s features (physical & human) change, with the passing of every millisecond. This high level of dynamism is what present the “constant shock(s) & stresses”.
Shocks such as:
- World Wars.
- The Great Depression.
- Natural Disasters (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, mass movement)
And stresses such as:
- Global Warming.
- Climate Change.
For the points highlighted herein alone, this is why your adaptability, environment sensitivity, as well as your reluctance to be complacent, are important. You must not allow yourself to get caught in the fallacious thinking, that you cannot relapse into a state of unhealthy (after being exposed a healthier state of mind; in eating; or otherwise). Keep close to your beneficial social web. and constantly plan…strategically.
“Your Sustainable Fitness Partner”
About The Author
Oshane Bryant: BSc Geology, Geography Minor; ACE CPT since 2012; Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Accelerator Graduate-2018 cohort; KUKIBO Martial Arts & Self Defense, Senior Instructor; OB Fitness Founder & Managing Director.