How to Eat for a Healthy Life
By Sara Butler
Are you trying to eat healthier this year? Well, there are some things you should understand from the get-go if you want to make healthy eating a part of your life for good instead of just a phase. Here are some tips to help you stick to your healthy eating goals this year and in all the years to come.
Understand What Healthy Eating Is
It's important to know that eating healthy isn't about being skinny, depriving yourself of the foods you want, or setting strict limitation for yourself. What it is about is improving your health, stabilizing your mood, feeling good, and having a lot more energy to do the things you enjoy. It can be easy to get confused by all the nutrition advice out there -- much of which isn't reliable. At the end of the day, a healthy diet is a varied diet that helps you maintain a healthy body and mind.
Set Up for Success
If you want to eat healthily, then you can be successful by making manageable, small steps. Things such as starting your meal off with a salad are easier steps to take than making a drastic change all at once. As these small variations become a habit, then you can add even healthier habits to your day such as:
- Preparing your meals - Cook more at home to help you stay in charge of the things you eat and monitor exactly how much of what goes into your food.
- Make good choices - When you cut back on foods that aren't healthy in your diet, replace them with healthier ingredients. A good example is cutting out trans fats but replacing them with healthy fats or switching our refined carbohydrates for whole grains.
- Read labels - Don't ignore food labels but read them instead to see how much fat, sugar, fiber, and calories are in the foods you're eating.
- Drink water - You need to help your body flush out the things it doesn't need by drinking enough water each day. Drinking enough water helps to give you energy and helps your body to work optimally along the way.
- Go simple - Don't get too concerned with counting calories. Instead, think of your diet as a way to get many different colors from the foods you eat and to get fresh, whole foods. Avoid processed and packaged foods as much as you can. There's a reason why it's called "eat the rainbow."
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