The phrase “healthy eating” is no longer a buzz word but a way of life for many of us. However, our lives get so busy that sometimes it’s difficult to eat in a healthy way even though we want to. We have a few considerations that may help you stay on track.
- Educate Yourself. Do some online research or speak to your doctor or nutritionist about what a healthy diet looks like for you. If you’ve been a lover of junk food, set realistic expectations – you won’t go from a junk food junkie to making healthier choices overnight but if you plan ahead, you’ll set yourself up for success, one step at a time.
- Eat Out Less Often. Cooking more meals at home can help you control what you’re eating and be more aware of what is present in your food. Leftovers are great too!
- When you cut out unhealthy foods, substitute them for something better. In other words, instead of eating a donut for breakfast, substitute a bowl of oatmeal or a granola bar. By the way, breakfast is the most important meal of the day to get your body started after a good night’s sleep.
- Read Labels. Begin to understand the fat, salt and sugar content in foods. You’ll be shocked at the levels in processed and packaged foods and begin to seek out more fresh ingredients.
- Pay Attention. How do you feel after you eat certain foods? Are you tired, does your stomach hurt, do you have to rush to the bathroom? You’ll begin to identify the foods that fuel your body and those that drain you.
- Drink Water. Water is key. Some sources suggest that you drink ½ your body weight in water each day. The reason? Water helps flush our systems of waste and toxins and help every organ in our body, including the biggest one, our skin. Staying hydrated will also help prevent tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated may keep you from overeating if you consume a glass before your meal.
- Make Good Snack Choices. Keeping your body fueled throughout the day is important so healthy snacks like apples, nuts, trail mix and similar items can keep your body strong and your mind alert. Many businesses now offer healthy snacks in vending machines.
- Eat Lots Of Fruits and Vegetables. Low in calories and loaded with nutrients, fruits and vegetables are extremely healthy for you! Of course if you pair that apple with caramel sauce or a delicious salad with high fat dressing, you’re missing the boat. TIP: Add greens and fruits in a breakfast smoothie if you’re not fond of them on their own.
Whether you’ve just started the journey toward eating in a more healthy way or have been doing so for years, you’ll find that the benefits outweigh any struggles you may encounter along the way.