Making the decision to change your nutritional habits can seem like an over whelming task. By making sound healthy eating choices we can build the foundation on which it is possible to create a healthy lifestyle. After all we need nutrients from food to fuel our body, for growth, repair and to help the immune system fight off disease and illness. Below is a great list of tips to help you begin making healthier choices right now.
8 Great Healthy Eating Tips
- It’s recommended to consume at least 3 – 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. You can sneak in the extra servings by having fruit with breakfast, at snack time or with a meal. Tip: I often add broccoli, carrots or fruit to my salad mix to help stay on target.
- Always double check product labels, “low fat” doesn’t necessarily mean, “low calorie”. Weight loss happens when you burn or use more calories than you take in or eat.
- Replace the usual morning glass of juice and pair it with a glass of water and whole fruit instead. Whole fruit contains more fiber than juiced fruit. The fiber will leave you feeling fuller longer between meals or snacks.
- Try to eat Intuitively and to stop when you’ve had enough not when you feel stuffed. In time you will learn the difference between the two.
- Salads are a great healthy eating option. However be careful with your choice of dressings. Some like creamy ranch or Caesar can have 75 calories and 8 grams of fat per teaspoon. Vinegar based options like balsamic herbs are great and contain about 15 calories minus the fat! It’s an easy way to reduced 120 calories along with 16 grams of fat.
- Regularly adding fish to your diet can bring a host of amazing benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids such as those in salmon/tuna have been shown to improve heart health, reduce hypertension and inflammation to name a few.
- When trying to reduce your caloric intake, don’t drink extra calories. Consume healthy snacks with water instead of juice or high calorie soft drinks.
- Begin your meal by eating lower calorie items first. Beginning your meals with fruits and salads first should make it easier to be content with your target portions of starches and meats.
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