You Are What You Eat

Want to change what and how much you eat but overwhelmed by the process? Try these small steps of healthier eating habits.

How many times have you heard this saying?

I would guess too many times to remember. However, my question to you is – have you ever thought about the true meaning of this statement? If you haven’t, now is the time to do so.

Now that you are equipped with more information about nutrients, it‘s time to start thinking about moving forward and making better food choices for you and your family.

Eating meals high in saturated fat, sugar and calories can cause health problems and result in weight gain. Therefore, in order to avoid these issues and to get into the best shape of your life, it is important to consider what you are placing into your body.

Being mindful about what you eat does not mean you cannot enjoy a hamburger or pizza every now and then. However, instead of ordering a pizza or hamburgers why not make your own? Making your own food gives you the ability to control the ingredients and calories. Instead of fatty high calorie meats, you can use lean meats, fat-free cheese and plenty of veggies without the added sodium and preservatives.

If you choose to have a hamburger, why not choose lean meats that are 93% lean (beef, turkey). The leaner the meat, the less fat it will contain and the healthier it will be. In order to add flavoring, you can add olive oil, sea salt, herbs and spices instead of using table salt and other ingredients high in sodium. This method can be applied to all of your favorite foods. Love fried chicken? Why not oven fry it instead of deep frying it in unhealthy oils.

Change is a process, but making small changes such as these on a weekly basis will add up to better health. Take one week at a time to add a new healthy habit and before you know it, healthy living will become second nature.

Top 5 Healthy Eating Guidelines

Prepare food in advance:
Preparing food in advance will provide you with healthy food available at all times (work and home). This will help minimize the impulse to stop for fast food or other unhealthy snacks when you’re hungry. Portion off healthy snacks and carry with you at all times.

Eat every 2-3 hours:
Eating small meals more frequently throughout the day will keep your blood sugar levels even and ward off hunger. Eating more frequently will in addition help you avoid consuming to many calories at one meal.

Drink water throughout the day:
Over 65 percent of your body is water. Consuming water throughout the day will keep you full and help transport toxins and waste from your body and help curb hunger.

Snack in between meals:
Snacking in between meals will keep the hunger monster away and prevent you from consuming large meals at one sitting.

Limit eating out:
Eating out can be expensive and add inches to your waistline and hips. Therefore if you decide to eat out, eat out only 1 time per week and go to places that have healthier options on their menu. Request to have salad dressings on the side and don’t be afraid to ask for a to go box for left overs.

 




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