“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
To change any of our habits, we have to ask ourselves why we do things. Why do we eat fast food instead of healthy food when we know we shouldn’t? Once we know why we do something we can then start to work on changing our behavior towards it.
Why do we eat fast food?
Fast food is an attractive option when we are hungry because it is fast, cheap, and tastes good. As a result, it’s easy for us to get locked into a pattern of eating fast food over and over again. As human beings we are creatures of habit, and once formed, habits are hard to break. The longer we repeat them the harder they get to break.
The best approach that I know to eat healthier on a consistent, long-term basis is to create healthy foods with the same three elements as greasy fast food. Our healthy meals need to be cheap, we need to be able to prepare or order and receive them quickly, and they need to taste good.
Eating healthy foods with these 3 characteristics is almost like a David Blaine card trick. We can switch out burgers and fries for lean protein and veggies without our mind even realizing what is going on because we are satisfying the same 3 sensations. Now for the million dollar question:
What foods are healthy, cheap, quick to prepare, and taste good?
With just a little bit of research it’s not that hard to find the answer. My suggestion is to start with the recipes in this article:
I have personally tried a few of these recipes, and they were indeed cheap, quick, and tasted good. Give some of them a try, and you’ll be on the right track to changing your eating habits for the long-term.