How to Get Started on Your Healthly Eating Goals
There’s no doubt eating healthily can take a lot of work, but sometimes we have to make the commitment to eat well in order to improve our lives. Whether you’re struggling with health issues, want to lose a little extra weight, or are simply changing your diet to keep yourself healthy, setting goals before you get started makes the process much easier.
Berlin doesn’t even come close to having a shortage of tasty eateries, so you might assume it’ll be extremely difficult sticking to your healthy eating goals if you live here. However, there are plenty of ways to eat a healthy diet while in Berlin! Plant-based options are plentiful when dining out, and organically grown food is readily available.
So what’s the best way to get started on your healthy eating goals?
Make a Plan
Before you get started, you need to determine what your goals are. Are there certain foods you want to avoid, or are you aiming for a calorie-restricted diet? How will you avoid temptation when you’re on the go or at a party?
By asking yourself a few questions and creating a detailed plan, you’re likely to find yourself more motivated to stay on track. Reaching your goals will be easier once you’ve clearly defined what they are.
Designing a meal plan every week can be helpful too, as home-cooked meals are likely to be a necessity, and planning ahead, as well as meal prep in advance, can reduce the likelihood of straying from your goals.
Locate Restaurants and Grocery Stores
Knowing where you can find healthy food is a must, so take some time to locate restaurants and grocery stores that offer what you’re looking for. (Quick tip: If you’re looking for organic food, keep an eye out for products marked “bio.”). Sticking to a whole-food diet is much easier when you know which restaurants and stores to go to. Luckily, Berlin has a lot of options available.
Here are a few:
Unverpackt will be your one-stop shop for dry goods and foods you’d normally find sold in bulk. The store focuses on reducing waste, so customers need to bring their own storage containers in order to shop, but the food is all organic and sourced locally.
• The Bowl
The Bowl is a vegan restaurant that serves a colorful array of plant-based breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. You won’t find any artificial additives or preservatives, gluten, trans fats or refined sugar here, just delicious food suited for any time of day.
• Enten und Katzen
Enten und Katzen is an organic deli, café and grocery store that offers a variety of soups, pastries, meats, cheeses and produce. They have a little bit of everything, as well as a cozy outdoor dining space that’s great for enjoying a quick cup of coffee with your friends.
Anaveda offers affordable and convenient meals, many of which are gluten free, vegan or vegetarian, lactose free and, of course, healthy! Interestingly, this restaurant focuses on Ayurvedic dishes, so it makes eating for your dosha a breeze.
Visit Farmer’s Markets
Farmer’s markets tend to be held at least once a week, and they’re great for finding locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of homemade foods. The local farmer’s markets can be a lifesaver if you’re on a tight budget.
When buying directly from farmers, you can ensure you’re getting fresh produce at affordable prices. The variety available is sometimes more appealing too, as you may be able to find heirloom veggies or fruits that aren’t commonly sold in local grocery stores. Here’s a list of the top 10 farmer’s markets in Berlin, so you can check them out for yourself.
Find and Try New Recipes
To stay on track, you’ll need to find some recipes to use as replacements for whichever not-so-healthy recipes you used to enjoy. YouTube is a great site to browse for these, especially if you’re not used to cooking often. Two popular channels for healthy recipes are “Mind Over Munch” and “Clean & Delicious,” though searching for keywords will quickly find you many more!
These channels also have tips on how to prep meals in advance or shop for healthy ingredients on a budget. Keep in mind, though, that sometimes videos are blocked based on your location; if you run into this issue, Secure Thoughts has a guide that can help.
Berlin is a great city for those looking to maintain their healthy eating goals. There’s a lot of variety, convenient options for when you don’t have much time to spare and an abundance of organic and locally produced foods.
Do you have any recommendations you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.
About the Author: Cassie is a health and wellness blogger. She loves to travel, and when she does, she always seeks out healthy eating options while still enjoying the local cuisine.