Want to Eat Healthier This Year? Here Are Some Tips to Get You Started
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to start eating healthier, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most popular resolutions, but it’s also one of the hardest! It can seem daunting to change your diet, and it’s extremely easy to give up and fall back to old habits. Thankfully, there are some really simple tips and tricks you can use to get on (and stay on) the path to cleaner and healthier eating.
If your resolution is a little vague (like “eat healthier food” or “go on a diet”) than try and think about your resolution in slightly more concrete terms. Don’t just try and change your entire diet, realize it’s a lot harder than it might look, and give up. Instead, think about your first step. Do you want to stop eating out? Stop ordering food at home? Cook more meals? Write down a few ideas and start small. Cook one healthy meal a week, and then work up from there. Bring one lunch to work and then start bringing more once you’re in the swing of things!
Portion sizes are more important than you think. When you’re preparing a plate of food for a meal, try and aim to have half of that plate be pure veggies. Vegetables are low in calories, high in fiber and give your body a ton of nutrients. Most of us eat too much meat, fat, and carbs and not enough vegetables. And did you know that bloating may be caused by consuming too much fatty meats and carbs like bread and pasta? Eating more veggies will keep each meal healthier and help to prevent bloating and discomfort.
Prepare Your Snacks
Snacking is when many people fail and ruin their diet or health regimen. Grabbing something quickly on the go may seem like a good idea at the time (especially if you’re hungry) but even if it’s a “healthy” snack, snack foods are usually overloaded with fat, sugar, or salt. If you can make some delicious and healthy snacks ahead of time, you’ll be less tempted to purchase something at the convenience store next time. Try fruits and vegetables or homemade granola and snack bars.
We wish this wasn't the case, but we should all avoid dessert. Some people crave dessert after dinner, and if you’re one of those people try and eat fruit instead of refined foods such as pastries or cakes! The natural sugars in fruit (called fructose) will fulfill your need for something sweet, but you’ll be avoiding some serious calories, and you’ll be adding in more vitamins and minerals into your diet by choosing fruit over cookies.
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