Healthy Eating Tips
By Sara Butler
Sometimes health tips are so easy, you can accomplish them without giving them much thought at all. Certainly, making small changes along the way to better health is easier than looking at much larger changes such as cutting out sugar or exercising every day. All you need is to incorporate a few of these really easy trips in your diet -- and they’re so easy, you won’t even feel like you’re trying at all!
Let it Go
It’s time to go frozen. No, not that frozen, but frozen fruits and vegetables! It’s a great way to save money but also helps the food you buy to last longer, giving you time to eat it. Frozen vegetables without added sauces are very healthy and also makes an easy addition to any meal. Incorporating frozen foods into your grocery list is a great way to have healthy options around without really trying.
Grocery Store Lunch
Going out to lunch can be challenging if you’re trying to avoid added salt, oil, or butter. It’s really hard to know what a restaurant has added to their food during the cooking process, which is why bringing your own lunch is always the better option. Use the outer aisles of the grocery store to find fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat, cheese, and milk. Your grocery store probably has ready-made entrees you can grab something fresh.
Opt for Pre-Portioned
Measuring out your food is one way to make sure you’re having the right amount of something and to keep a lid on your portions, but not everyone has the time to measure out foods exactly. If you have trouble making this side of meal planning happen, then try to buy pre-portioned ingredients whenever possible. You can easily find things such as peanut butter, string cheese, hummus, and dressings in single-serving packets to help. Or you could take the time at the beginning of each week to pre-portion out foods yourself, such as nuts, cheese, or crackers. Then you can just grab and go!
Savor Your Food
Many people eat in a rush, shoveling food down without the chance to really enjoy it. You should be mindful of how fast you’re eating and force yourself to slow down and savor it. Aim to chew each bite about 20 times before you swallow. This will help you go slower and give your brain time to catch up with your stomach so you will really know when you’ve had enough.
Give these suggestions a try and you'll be in better health in no time!
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