Are You Accidentally Sabotaging Healthy Eating?
By Sara Butler
Some people tend to think of certain foods as good while thinking of others as bad. The truth is that nutrition experts don't like the idea of separating foods into good or bad categories -- the real challenge with eating habits is consistency that leads to a healthy relationship with the food you eat to help you reach your health and wellness goals.
While foods may not be good or bad, you can still develop bad habits when it comes to eating. Here are a few of the most common bad habits when it comes to eating you should try to break.
You Don't Go to the Grocery Store
Not cooking at home and constantly eating out is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make when it comes to healthy eating. Sure, getting groceries and taking the time to cook can be a pain, especially when you're busy. But making small changes that allow you to eat at home more often is a good strategy for your long-term health and wellness.
You can make your trips to the grocery store more efficient by planning out your meals each week and making a list of the ingredients you need. Then, try to do a little meal prep for each meal at the beginning of the week so you have the ingredients ready to throw together when you get home.
You Don't Eat Vegetables
Did you know that less than 10 percent of Americans eat all the vegetables they should each day? It's true! Not getting enough vegetables is damaging to your overall health since they deliver important vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants your body needs to work at its very best.
Try to incorporate a vegetable into each meal you eat throughout the day. You can do a vegetable and egg scramble for breakfast or a smoothie with vegetables added in, have a side of crunchy raw vegetables with your favorite dip for lunch, and then add vegetables to a casserole for dinner. Build your day around vegetables and you should be off to a good start in reaching your daily goal.
You Buy Vegetables Out of Season
Everyone has a favorite vegetable they could eat every day, but the problem is that vegetables don't tend to be as nutritious when they're out of season. Try eating seasonal vegetables and you'll find that they're more delicious and more nutritious than you may have realized. Shop at your local farmers market to find the really good stuff.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult. Simply be aware of what you may be doing to sabotage healthy eating.
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