How you can change the way you eat in just 30 minutes a day

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If you’re someone who has tried repeatedly to eat better and feels like you always fall short, this blog post is for you.

The truth is, many of us have the best of intentions, but have a harder time with the follow-through. And if you think about it, that makes perfect sense. It’s a lot harder to get something done than it is to come up with the idea to do it.

So what do you do? How do you turn intentions into reality? And is it really possible to do in just 30 minutes a day?

(The answer to that last one is ‘yes’, by the way)

1. Plan your meals

Don’t roll your eyes. Do this once or twice a week, and it will take 15 or so minutes. Use the Lifesum app to help you find recipes you can make easily, or even to just give you ideas for snacks you can throw together, and plan them out for each day.

2. Track your meals

Yes, you can use Lifesum for this too! Keeping (in written format, rather than in memory) a record of exactly what you eat day to day will show you, yup you guessed it, exactly what you eat day to day, rather than what you THINK you eat.

3. Bet on it

Put your money where your intentions are. Apps like DietBet, help you and your friends to place bets on yourselves. If you succeed, you win the money, if you don’t, you pay up.

4. Pack your lunch

Lunches don’t have to be complex to be delicious and nutritious. You can throw together a great lunch  in five minutes or less as long as you have the right ingredients. Try and keep fresh chopped veggies on hand, and boil eggs at the beginning each week; from there just add in any filling extras like chickpeas, seeds, croutons, and grains.

5. Make breakfast at night

Overnight oats and chia seeds are easy breakfasts you can prepare in 5 minutes right before bed. But if those aren’t your thing, you can still do light prep at night so that mornings aren’t rushed or stressful, and so that you can guarantee you’re making healthier choices.

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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