Eating healthy is definitely an ‘easier said than done situation’. It can seem daunting, but if you take steps to develop a habit, and a taste, for a healthier diet, the change won’t seem so drastic. Take each of these steps one at a time, and soon you’ll find because of your eating habits, you have a ton more energy, have dropped pounds and feel amazing.
Drink water. It’s the only beverage your body really needs. Gradually replace soda,es, even diet,flavored coffees, sugary drinks and other high-cal juices with water. Aim for 8-12 cups each day.
Eat more fruit. You should get 2-4 servings a day (i serving equals about 1/2 a cup). Fruits are rich in nutrients, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, which all help prevent disease. Eat a piece with breakfast and 2 for a snack- most fruit is portable, so you can bring it with you anywhere.
Eat more veggies. Aim for 4-6 servings of vegetables daily (1 servings equals about half a cup.) High in nutrients and low in calories, veggies can help prevent diabetes, stroke,heart disease and more. Veggies go great in everything, so add them to everything: soups, sandwiches, salads, casseroles, stir frys, or just on their own.
Eat breakfast. It boosts your energy, metabolism and mental focus. Plus, breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day than people who skip it.
Brown bag it. Packing your lunch will not only cut costs, it will cut calories. Bagging it ensures that you are eating better and saving money. Try lean proteins, whole grain bread, fruit, vegetables with dip, and broth-based soups for a wholesome, filling meal.
Avoid trans fats. They increase your risk of heart disease. Foods with “partially hydrogenated oil” as an ingredient contain trans fat (even if the label says 0 grams) and should be left on the grocery shelf. There is no room in your diet for trans fats- none.
Trade white grains for whole grains. White flours, breads, rice and pasta are highly processed and low in nutrients. Whole grain varieties are packed with nutrients, fiber and staying power.
Make healthy substitutions. Keep the tradition and boost the nutrition by making swaps: whole grain flour, less salt, heart-healthy fats, half the sugar, and beans instead of meat.
Check the nutrition facts. The front of a package won’t tell you the whole story. Read labels and compare key nutrients calories, serving size, fat, fiber, calcium, and ingredients to make the best choice.
Watch your portions. While big portions might keep your wallet full, they’ll also add to your waistline. Split large entrees with a friend and never ever supersize.