How often have we been told by our parents, “eat your veggies?” I know when I was growing up, I heard it quite a bit but I also was pretty happy to eat my veggies. Well, now that we’re adults, the same thing still rings true. We have to eat our veggies, even now that we’re all grown up.
One thing I’ve been learning is that the journey to health is just that, a journey. We don’t just do a few workouts, eat a few vegetables and suddenly have the body and health we want. It’s something you have to keep at. Even if you’ve been going for weeks or months with eating healthy and working out consistently, you still have to keep at it every single day. Sometimes, that’s harder, like when you have vacations or holidays coming up and all the junk food is calling out to you to be eaten. I get it, I have a major sweet tooth, so the upcoming holidays are always a trying time for me to stay healthy. I also am very good at baking desserts, which means I’m an enemy to myself sometimes. Luckily, I also believe in having everything in moderation, which means I allow myself to enjoy some sweets during the holidays, but I also enjoy my fruits and vegetables. That’s because even taking a few months off from eating healthy and working out can do a lot to your health and body that you’ve worked so hard on.
It’s a challenge to eat healthy every single day, there’s no doubt. Sometimes that craving for a burger and fries just gets to you and you have to enjoy it. And that’s fine! Enjoy a burger, I know I do, just make sure you enjoy some veggies with it too. I love adding avocado to my burgers, burrito bowls, sandwiches, you name it. I also really enjoy having vegetables on the side of my meals whether that’s a small salad or a broccoli mix. It helps to fill you up, while also being a healthy side dish. The key here is moderation and balance. Eat the burger, but have some veggies with it. Eat pizza for dinner one night, just make sure you have a green smoothie for lunch that same day.
If you’re thinking about how that sounds great, but vegetables are expensive, trust me, I get it. It can be really pricey to buy organic fresh vegetables. But luckily, frozen vegetables are just as healthy, and they are much cheaper! I hated wasting fresh vegetables that just wouldn’t get cooked in time, because I felt like I was wasting money, so I started getting frozen vegetables as well, to help give a nice variety and save some money and I did research this, there is nothing bad in them and they aren’t more unhealthy, as long as you don’t get the veggies with cheese on top or something extra in them.
So, and I’m going to sound like my mother for a minute: Eat your veggies! Sneak them in wherever possible, and you may find yourself reaching for carrots next time you need a snack.