5 Ways To Eat Better Without Wanting To Stab Yourself With Your Salad Fork

5 Ways To Eat Better Without Wanting To Stab Yourself With Your Salad Fork
Carly Jacobs

ating well is so freaking boring. Pizza is great and so is chocolate but if you don’t want to die of scurvy or rickets, you do need to eat other stuff too. Like leafy green stuff which is hard because melted cheese is so much better on pasta. I know a lot of people struggle with eating well consistently (I know I do!) so I thought I’d put together for tips to help you eat better without boring yourself to death or making everyone around you hate you.

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Buy treats one at a time

If you can’t trust yourself with a full block of chocolate in your house, there’s a very simple solution. Don’t buy a full block of chocolate. Buy one small bar of chocolate occasionally. I can’t even buy packets of individually wrapped chocolates – portion control is not my forte. Buy one treat at a time. It’s a game changer.

Figure out what your health is worth to you

You know what’s really expensive? Salads at cafes. You can get a greasy burger for $12 but a salad will set you back at least $20. It’s bullshit but there’s nothing that can be done about it. I try to avoid eating out as much as possible but when I have to eat out, I shell out the extra money for the healthy option. $8 extra for something healthy that doesn’t have a full weeks worth of calories in it, is worth it for me and I make sure I save that money elsewhere.

Eat 5 cups of vegetables every day

I did this challenge with my readers not long ago and it was FANTASTIC! It’s the basic concept of crowding out your diet with good, nourishing food. If I eat 5 cups of vegetables every day, I don’t have room for much else which is totally the point. If you haven’t tried the 5 cups of vegetables a day challenge, get on it. It’s awesome.

Choose where to ‘spend’ your treats

If you don’t like lollies, don’t waste treat calories on them. If you love ice cream, spend it on that instead. I’m not a huge fan of cake and baked goods so I rarely eat them. I’d much rather have a glass of wine or a scoop of ice cream. I hardly ever say no to wine or ice cream but it’s fine because I say no to every thing else.

Make good choices on your own

When I’m in control of preparing my own food, I ALWAYS make good choices. That way if I get invited to my mates house and she makes pizza and garlic bread I don’t have to freak out because I had a salad fro lunch, instead of a burger which would have been two non-nutritious meal in one day instead of one.

This week on Straight and Curly, Kelly and I are doing our final food and diet episode and talking about our own food hacks.

There’s also a new episode of Sweet Teen Club out this week where Stacey and I talk about the number 1 book, song, movie and TV show for each year of the 90s. Weirdly 60 Minutes comes up quite often. Disappointing.

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What about you? Do you have any easy healthy eating hacks you’d like to share? Do you struggle to eat well or does it just kind of happen naturally for you?


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  1. Cal E 6 years ago

    My rule on work days is that I can only eat what I bring in my lunch bag. I find that by spending a little time prepping & putting everything in portion sizes in tupperware stops over eating too.
    I still take a treat everyday so don’t feel like I’m missing out.
    I did the 5 cups of veg challenge & loved it & try to do it most days.

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      I’ve done that too and it’s great! I’m al about the portion sizing!

  2. Carole 6 years ago

    OMG, I love the title. That’s hysterical.

    My solution has been to learn how to make a bunch of stuff. And then I share it so you can do it too. Here are all of my recipes – http://commonsenseliving.com/members/index.php/recipes

    I’m making fajitas tonight. Yum!


  3. lifestylelodestar 6 years ago

    Great article – i love the idea of gradually crowding out the bad choices with good food choices.

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      It makes SUCH a big difference – especially at the moment while I’m travelling!


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