Overcome Challenges to Healthy Eating

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It can be challenging to shop, cook, and eat well. Here are some common challenges and ways to cope with them.

 

Common Challenges

Challenge:

  • Shopping this way costs too much.

Solutions:

  • Use coupons

  • …Buy in bulk

  • …Buy things on sale

  • …Grow your own veggies and fruit. …

  • Buy frozen veggies, fruit and proteins

  • Shop seasonally-only buy the veggies and fruit in season.

  • Shop at your local farmer’s market

 

Challenge:

  • Shopping and cooking this way takes up too much time.

Solution:

To free up time in general:

  • Be more organized.

  • Ask friends or family to help you get things done.

  • Take your kids with you to the grocery store and turn it into a fun field trip.

To find time to shop for healthy food:

  • Shop on the weekend.

  • Shop in bulk.

  • Use a list to make sure you get everything you need quickly.

  • Buy healthy convenience items, like prewashed salad and veggies.

  • Shop online and get it delivered to avoid going to the store.

To find time to cook healthy food:

  • Look for recipes for fast, healthy meals.

  • Do some prep work before work in the morning.

Buy ready-made healthy items like premade meals or salad kits.

 

Challenge:

  • I don’t like the way this food tastes.

Solution: 

  • Change your favorite dishes to make them healthier.

  • Choose cheeses that are strong- tasting and fairly low in fat, such as Parmesan and feta.

  • Choose high quality items (like organic meat and produce)

  • Choose items with a variety of flavors, textures, scents, and colors.

  • Cook veggies like green beans and broccoli lightly, so they stay crisp and colorful.

  • Dress up food with herbs, spices, lemon juice, vinegar, hot sauce, chutneys, and salsa.

  • Grill or roast veggies and meat to bring out the flavor.

Challenge:

  • It’s unpleasant boring, hard to shop, cook, and eat this way.

Solution:

  • Shop, cook, and eat healthy with friends and family.

  • Learn new cooking methods and recipes from books, articles, and videos. Or take a healthy cooking class.

  • Experiment with new ingredients.