How to Easily Start a Healthier Diet (When You Love Junkie Foods!)

June 19, 2016 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

Let’s talk about food babyyyyyyy!

I used to be one of those people that could eat anything and everything that I wanted without any repercussions. No weight gain. No breakouts. No loss of energy.

Just me and a bag of cheese Doritos. The good ole days.

It wasn’t until my mid to late twenties that I not only spotted some frightening cellulite on my thighs, but also became educated enough to realize the importance of changing my everyday diet.

I wasn’t ready (and still not ready) to go vegan or completely void myself of cheese Doritos, but, I’ve taken creative, conscious measures to ensure that I maintain a healthier, more balanced diet for my physical well-being.

And I’m telling you, if I can do it, so can you.

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with gratitude and much love,



Hey guys! Welcome back. I’m Shaina, for those of you who are new here. Today, I’m talking about how to easily start a healthy diet when you love junkie foods!

I grew up in the 90’s before organic was all the rage and processed foods were widely accepted so up until my mid twenties- I ate anything and everything, and I didn’t care what’s so ever. But about 2.5 years ago, I really changed my everyday diet (for overall health reasons). And I’m telling you that if I can do it, so can you. So let’s get started.


1.) What does healthy mean to you?

Obviously there are foods that are universally bad (me with a Cheetos bag) while others foods are necessary for a nutritious diet. But while some people think dairy is harmful to our bodies (GUILTY!), others think it’s perfectly fine. Some people think sugar is the devil while you may think gluten is a big no no.

Do some research about the different food groups and decide for yourself. And also, you know your body best and what foods its sensitive too. Pay attention to this. For example, if you have an overactive bladder, caffeine could be playing a major part, gluten can be harsh on the stomach, while dairy reeks havoc on the skin.

Figure out which food groups you want to eliminate & which ones you just want to cut back on. This is your starting point.


This is how I started eating a healthier diet. There are so many substitutions out there guys, some better than others (so it takes a little bit of trial and error), but with each small substitution it adds up to a big difference.

One of my biggest (and surprisingly easiest) substitutions was replacing milk (cow’s milk) with almond milk. Sidenote: I have not eaten a bowl of cereal in 3 years! And I loved cereal!! RIP frosted flakes and honey nut cheerios.

Anyway, when I switched to non-dairy milk and gave up processed cereals, it really proved to me that food doesn’t have the control that we sometimes think it does.

I now buy vegan butter, which taste EXACTLY like regular butter (if not better). Gluten free soy sauce. I do almond butter instead of peanut butter now. (Because peanuts are a highly inflammatory nut. And peanut butter and jelly is my jam so again if I can do it…) Bean tortilla chips versus corn. Wheat pasta versus regular. And the list goes on.

Look through your refrigerator and pantry and start browsing your local grocery store for healthier substitutions. There are so many possibilities to this. Get creative. It can actually be fun.


Now I know there are conspiracy theories with organic foods, so if I’m a sucker for buying organic, then so be it. But, I know it can get expensive. Trader Joes is a great option if you’re on a budget. Also, I know around here all the chain grocery stores have their own line of organic foods now, which are less expensive then say Whole Foods. So shop around. If it’s only in your budget to buy certain foods that are organic, my vote would be fruits and veggies. But again, you can do some research to suit your personal needs.

4.) Be conscious.

I’ve never kept a food log, but people swear by it. It holds you accountable. I just stay conscious throughout the day of which foods I’m putting into my body. And of course the foods you keep in your home will effect what you’re eating. So just pay attention all around.

5.) What foods are you absolutely not willing to give up, or at least not right now?

Don’t completely void yourself of all your favorite foods in the beginning. When you do this…It’s like going on a crazy diet and then you end up binging. Choose which “junkie” foods you value the most. If you haven’t found a good substitution (like cheese for example) then allow yourself to indulge every once and while because it’ll help you sustain a healthier diet everyday.

p.s. I am a believer that some foods are just good for the soul. Like cheesecake.

6.) Discover healthy meals and snacks that you LOVE.

If you enjoy junkie foods or frozen meals, chances are you haven’t explored healthier recipes and ideas. Go on Pinterest, or ask a friend who enjoys cooking…there are so many ways to make healthy foods delicious. Find a few easy recipes that you LOVE so that you have daily options.

7.) Drink lots of water!

And the last tip, drink lots of water! I make it a goal of mine every day to drink a TON of water. Hydration is so crucial and the benefits of drinking a lot of water are endless. So carry a bottle of water everywhere you go if you must.

That’s it for today guys. If you like my quick tips for eating a healthier diet everyday, be sure to give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. I’ll see you next week!


Hi there! I'm Shaina Leis- founder of this inspirational space :) I'm a Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping young adults better themselves and their lives. In this blog, you'll find general advice, career guidance and so much more. Have fun!