Adapted from Drop Two Sizes
Whatever helps you stick to your clean eating plan is a successful strategy for healthy eating. Below are some of the most popular tips and tricks I’ve culled from clients, as well as notes I’ve saved from my own food journal.
Get rid of any junk food or snacks that might be a trigger for you. If you need to keep certain foods around for your kids or husband that are not part of your plan, use a cupboard just for them that is off-limits to you. This is a strategy one of my clients uses with huge success.
Purchase a journal to use for this challenge to keep track of your nutrition and your workouts.
Don’t make a big deal about it, don’t stress about it, just do it. Each evening, think ahead to the next day and plan out what you’re going to eat. You can use your journal to pencil in what you plan to eat during the next day or two. Stay calm and organized, and always make sure you have healthy food with you. Pack an insulated lunch bag every day so you’re not tempted to stray from the plan. Remember that nothing tastes as good as lean and sexy feels.
Cook extra protein
Any time you cook meat, poultry, fish, or other protein, make a little extra to keep on hand in your fridge to throw on a salad or just grab and go. Keep hard-cooked eggs in the fridge at all times for an easy snack. You can also keep cans of tuna and salmon at the ready as an easy source of protein.
Commit to getting creative
Do whatever it takes to make dinners that keep you interested and excited. I use a fruit and vegetable delivery company that provides many different varieties of vegetables delivered to my home once a week. I mix and match my produce with all kinds of protein options so I never get bored.
Get wild in the freezer
Buy frozen wild-caught fish (orange roughy, cod, mahi mahi, tilapia, flounder) that can be cooked in just a few minutes for a quick meal. I’ve brushed Dijon mustard on a frozen salmon fillet, stuck it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, and served it with steamed veggies. Voilà—dinner is ready.
Make Mrs. dash your friend
I use this all-purpose seasoning on my dinner most nights, and many times on my eggs in the morning. It’s a quick way to spice up a meal and keep my tastebuds happy. Salsa is also a figure-friendly condiment you can enjoy freely, and mustard works great as a dipping sauce for chicken or other protein.
Satisfy your need for crunch
Buy a small bag of coleslaw, rainbow slaw, or broccoli slaw and mix it with tuna, chicken, or other protein for an instantly satisfying, crunch-worthy salad. (Thanks, Dr. John Berardi!) I also sprinkle ground flax seeds on the salad for a nutty taste along with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Keeping sliced cucumber or baby carrots in your fridge provides you with another good crunchy snack option.
This article originally appeared on RodaleWellness.com.