The Most Difficult Nutrition Advice to Follow
By Sara Butler
Sometimes you know what you should do in order to eat healthy, but actually following the advice you get is where the real challenge lies. According to the National Institutes of Health, over one-third of American adults are obese, which is a condition linked to stroke, some types of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. That should be enough to motivate adults to get healthy but failing to follow recommendations to reach a healthy weight has a way of making anyone feel like that goal is unattainable. But have no fear, because knowledge is power! Here are the most difficult pieces of nutrition advice to follow and how to successfully follow them!
Have Protein at Breakfast
You know that eating protein sets you up for the day and helps to get you through until lunch, but how many times have you tried to incorporate protein at breakfast only to let it fall by the wayside? There are a variety of carbohydrate-based foods for breakfast that seems a lot more convenient in the morning, but there is an answer!
You should work to stock up on foods high in protein such as cottage cheese, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and hard boiled eggs. These foods are easy to grab when you’re on the go. Also consider having leftovers for breakfast, such as a burrito from the night before or some leftover salmon added to an omelet. Get creative and you can ensure that protein is a part of your morning routine!
After Dinner Stop Eating
The evening is prime time for munchies and this is admittedly the downfall for many when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. For most people, mindless munching in the evening is a sign of boredom and fatigue.
To break the snacking cycle, make the kitchen a closed zone after dinner. Turn out the light and pretend it doesn’t exist. After a while, you’ll get in the habit of only eating during the day and forgetting the snacks at night.
Eating High Fiber Foods
You know you need fiber to help keep things moving right along in your digestive system and to help you feel satisfied after eating, but if you’re trying to be healthy you may be avoiding foods high in carbohydrates, thereby avoiding foods that are high in fiber.
The secret to success is food labels. Foods with more than three grams of fiber per serving are good for you, but make sure you’re getting whole grains right along with it. Don’t forget that lentils and legumes are also excellent sources of fiber that can be added to just about any meal in very creative ways.
Even if you've been challenged to follow healthy eating tips in the past, it's never too late!
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