Make Good Food Choices Easy!
By Sara Butler
If you're looking to be healthier this year, then one area in life you must take a good look at is your diet. You can work out all day long but if you're not watching what you put on your plate, all that hard work won't get you where you want to go.
Don't worry because making healthy food choices doesn't have to be intimidating or difficult. Here are a few tips to help you get started!
Simplicity is Key
In general, the closer the food you eat is to its natural form, the better for you it is. You should stay away from highly processed foods and focus on whole foods. If you need to buy prepacked foods, then look at the ingredients list and choose foods that have short lists you can recognize!
It's Got to Be Convenient
Keep all major food groups on hand at all times. That way, it's ready for you to grab when you have a snack attack and need something to munch on. If fresh foods aren't available, then keeping frozen foods on hand is the next best thing. As long as the frozen food -- we're talking fruits and veggies, not burritos -- doesn't have any sauces or sugars added, then it's just as nutritious as its fresh counterpart.
Don't Be Afraid to Experiment
The next time you make it to the store, try something new. Pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try once a week and look up ways you can prepare it. This can help you add variety to your diet and open you up to new and exciting flavors so you don't get burned out on your diet plan.
Practice Makes Perfect
When it comes to sweets and other indulgences, you must practice moderation. You can't be expected to go your whole life without a treat, but you have to make sure you don't go overboard either. The only way to get a handle on this is to practice and have just one cookie on the weekend or your favorite slice of pie on a special occasion.
Look at Portions
One area that tends to trip a lot of people up is portion size. Of course, you need to have a balanced diet full of whole grains, complex carbohydrates, protein, fruits, and vegetables, but how much you have of each of these is important to your overall health. As you eat, pay attention to your hunger. When you're full, stop, no matter how much is left on the plate.
Making good food choices can be easy if you know where to start!
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