Want to eat healthier without tracking your food every day?
First off I want to start off by saying that I am not against tracking food. I have my clients track for at least a few weeks to a few months for one specific reason: to learn faster.
Tracking can help you understand how much you’re truly eating, the nutrients in those foods (or lack of), as well as how you balance your food overall. It gives you the data to see your starting point and slowly shift your diet over time.
But, tracking is a commitment and can be a bit of a learning curve to consistently do over time. Also, it can be a major trigger if you’ve had food issues in the past or a bad experience with tracking before. Therefore, it’s not recommended for everyone!
That’s why I wanted to write this post today. You can absolutely make lots of healthy changes to your diet and see/feel results with little to no tracking!
Here are 3 ways to eat healthier without tracking your food:
3 Ways To Eat Healthier Without Tracking
1 – Focus on the ingredients on food labels
This is probably one of the number one things I can recommend if you truly want a healthier diet. You want to work on reducing fake chemicals and toxins that are in the foods that you’re buying each week.
That means turning over the packages + reading the ingredients list to see what’s really going into your body. It’s written in order of what the product is mostly made up of. So, the first 3-5 ingredients are most important to focus on.
Work on swapping so you can choose a healthier version of the foods you already love. You will not only feel better over time, but you will lose body fat faster because the less processed/fake foods in your diet, the quicker your metabolism runs.
2 – Eat more protein at each meal
The major deficiency most women have in their diet is with getting enough protein. Protein is important because it’s the macro (protein/fat/carb) that keeps you fullest throughout the day! It also helps build and maintain lean muscle on your body for a toned look.
So how do you get enough protein without tracking? You want to aim for 30-40g per meal. To start, you can simply start to aim for 20g and work your way up over time. BONUS — focus on getting protein in, too, with your snacks.
You’ll need to look up how much protein is in the foods you’re already eating already and possibly add in more foods that have protein. I suggest keeping a short list on your refrigerator or on your phone for reference to make it easier!
3 – Cook almost all your meals/snacks at home
There is NO way to get around this one. If you want to eat healthier, you have to have the discipline to cook more at home and eat out/pick up pre-made foods way less. This also means fewer pre-made store-bought meals, which are also usually pretty unhealthy.
You don’t have to make your meals fancy or complicated. Actually, I highly recommend keeping things as simple as possible and repeating as many meals as you can to make this easier for you.
Most people underestimate how poor the quality of food is at 95% of restaurants — even with “healthy” dishes. Even if you don’t focus on ingredients or protein yet and simply cook all of your meals but 1-2 a week, I bet you’ll notice a difference within just a few weeks.
Simply focusing on these 3 areas for eating healthier without tracking will bring you lots of success as you slowly shift your diet to be healthier over time! Like any behavior, the more you keep working on it and repeating the behavior, the easier it gets over time and will become a habit.
Comment below if you have any questions about these or if you implemented one or more of these tips and what you noticed!