Healthy Eating Basics
Making healthy eating choices can be tough for many of us in this fast-paced life. Taking the easy route and eating what is quick and easy is not always the best choice for your body. Items that are quick to prepare and eat are usually packaged and processed. Eating what’s right for you will make you feel great and have more energy day to day.
Healthy eating may take a bit more prep work than eating out all of the time but will benefit you greatly! Having a plan and making most of your food each week will keep you on track.
3 Healthy Eating Basics
1. Buy the Right Food
2. Prepare Your Food
3. Eat Often
Buy the Right Food
How can you eat healthy if you don’t buy the right foods? This is the first tip to making healthy eating choices. The grocery store is the first stop to your good nutrition needs. Buying the right foods will be different for each individual or family. Stick to natural whole foods, such as lots of fruits and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, yams, oats, and quinoa. Lean meat such as fish, chicken, turkey, and red meat from time to time. Buying foods, you enjoy eating that are quick and easy to prep will help keep you on track. You can have some “junk” food from time to time but keep it to a couple meals and snacks a week.
Keep your fridge and freezer stocked with lots of healthy food that you can have each day. Veggies and fruit make great snacks you can bring to work or out on weekends to keep you energized. Buying the right foods is the first step to living a healthier lifestyle.
Prepare Your Food
Once you’ve purchased the foods you want that are great for your body you will need to set aside some time to prepare them. You don’t need to be a chef or make 5-star meals to enjoy the food you eat each day. Rather find some quick and easy recipes to make food that you enjoy. There are so many great tools and resources online to help you with recipes and instructions. Google and YouTube searches can provide you with endless amounts on knowledge of how to videos and recipes that are basic.
Making food in bigger quantities will help you save time. Prepare double what you normally would to ensure you have leftovers. Cooking can be time consuming so making the most out of your time is key.
Eating often is different from eating a lot. It means to eat more frequently throughout the day. This can help regulate your blood sugars which helps your energy to be more consistent throughout each day. Eating four to five times a day will keep you fuller during the day which will reduce the number of cravings you have. When we get hungry, we tend to want to eat junk food because it’s quick, easy, and satisfies our hunger immediately.
Have three set meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a healthy snack between each meal. This will keep you feeling full and great each day. Eat smaller portions that don’t leave you feeling “stuffed” after. When we feel very full it means you overate. Stop eating before you feel that fullness.
Making healthier eating choices each day is a habit. To get better at it you must do it consistently. Once you change your “bad” eating habits into good ones it will be a breeze. Try and eat more nutritious foods for four weeks. One month of healthy eating will make you feel better, have more energy, look better, and be clear minded everyday. Provide your body with good nutrition will benefit you for a lifetime.
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