There are so many cool foods to choose at the grocery store, but let’s face it. Most of the time, we just go with the same old standbys. Maybe you don’t have time to experiment. Or, maybe you’re not very adventurous in the kitchen. Whatever the case may be, a diet rut is no fun and it can even be unhealthy for you. So, to get out of your diet rut and have fun with food again, check out these four tips.
Why you should avoid a diet rut
The human body needs the three macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates) to support its many functions.
Some people get stuck eating just one or two of these macronutrients. For example, we load up on carbs and protein, but we’re scared of fat.
Another problem is that instead of eating fresh foods, you rely on processed, packaged and prepared food. But this can deprive your body of all the necessary nutrients present in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and healthy fats, like avocado oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
So, not only is a diet rut boring, but it can also set you up for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, and these can lead to health problems.
4 ways to get out of a diet rut
Subscribe to a meal kit delivery service
Companies like Hello Fresh take all the meal planning and grocery shopping out of the picture. They deliver the recipe and all the necessary (and pre-measured) ingredients right to your door. All you have to do is cook!
Challenge your culinary skills
You don’t have to branch out every day, but try something new once a week. Is there a cuisine you’ve always been curious to try?
Cooking a brand new meal every day is a lot of work. So, make a large batch once or twice a week and then, spread the leftovers out. It’s an efficient way to get out of your diet rut.
Get prepared sides
Don’t expect yourself to do it all. Side dishes can usually take a lot of time and ingredients. So, make the main protein, like fish or meat, and find a healthy pre-made side at the grocery store.