ITS TIME TO START EATING HEALTHY!
NEW YEAR NEW YOU - HOW TO START EATING HEALTHY
Between life, holidays, work, school and family, who has time to eat healthy? With the holiday dinners over and the new year starting, its time to think ahead how to start eating healthy again. You have the best of intentions, but you’re just too busy or more often, too tired, to cook and it’s so much easier to grab a burger, pizza or bucket of chicken...
Don’t make eating healthy more difficult than it is. Healthy eating
is simply being mindful of what you put into your body and making the right choices. The benefits are well worth the effort. Healthy eating and healthy choices can keep you lean and physically fit, mentally sharp and full of energy.
BENEFITS OF EATING HEALTHY
- Choosing organic, all-natural foods over high-calorie foods allows you to shed excess body weight. Forget the fad diets, a well-balanced diet with regular exercise can truly help you lose weight safely
.More Energy - A healthy diet includes a good balance of protein and carbohydrates, helping you feel energized throughout the day. Your focus and concentration will improve making you more productive at work and at home. And no more sluggish days from unhealthy fast food. Natural method to boost energy and productivity.
- Unhealthy eating habits contribute to your stress levels, making it hard for you to get a good night's rest. Healthy eating provides the proper nutrition that helps you overcome stress and the accompanying hormonal imbalances.
Longer, Healthier Life
- Fruits and vegetables are the ultimate sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which your body needs to function properly. You’ll also be eating less fat and sugar and reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes,
Glowing Skin and Youthful Appearance
- People who eat more fruits and vegetables daily, exude a vibrant, youthful appearance. Simply by eating high antioxidant fruits and vegetables, along with foods rich in vitamins and minerals, and lots of water. Nutrition and hydration are key to healthy, wrinkle-free skin
- Sadness, lethargy and depression can be attributed to poor diet. Eating foods rich in B vitamins helps counter depression. The more you follow a healthy lifestyle, the better your emotional well-being. You’ll be well-nourished, active, sleep well, and present a youthful appearance - healthy and happy
You know the risks of a poor diet: obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, confusion and mood disorders... the list goes on. What can you do to start eating healthier? No, you don't need to become an expert on nutrition.
HERE ARE NINE HEALTHY EATING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED:
Don't Skip Meals Or Starve Yourself - Many people think that in order to lose weight you need to starve yourself. “if I don't eat food I won't gain weight.” The problem is everyone NEEDS food. It is what fuels our bodies to get through each day.
Denying your body sustenance will only cause you to overeat the next time you do eat meaning you'll take in too many calories at one sitting. Instead of forcing your body to deal with this, just get in the habit of eating 5 small meals evenly spaced throughout the day so you keep your body nourished while at the same time control the amount of calories you do put into your body.
Don't Snack In Front Of The TV
- When we are watching tv, reading a book, surfing the Internet, playing video games, or any other type of leisure activity, do NOT snack
. Entire bags of potato chips and 2 liters of soda are often devoured during one leisure session which amounts to hundreds upon hundreds of needless calories. If you must have a snack during your leisure time, have fruit or Greek yogurt and a glass of water. Your hunger cravings will vanish and you will have only consumed around 100 calories.
Don't Buy Junk Food
- If you simply don't buy the junk, you will be unable to eat the stuff when you're at home. Don't purposely put temptation in your kitchen making it that much more difficult to continue eating healthy
. Out of sight - out of mind.
Don't Eat Late - Avoid eating anything three hours before you go to sleep. Eating late at night does not give your body the chance to burn off those calories before going to sleep so guess where they will end up. Stuck right around your belly, back, legs or chest. Dinner should be your smallest meal of the day (about 400-600 calories).
Stop Eating Before You Are Full. - If you are eating until you are full, you've eaten too much for one meal. Portion size is important when it comes to healthy nutrition. Serve an appropriate portion size, drink a lot of water with your meal, and you'll find that you really don't need that much food to get full. Your body will thank you afterwards and you'll avoid the "food coma" feeling.
Identify Healthy Meals And Snacks
- If you've been eating out at restaurants and fast food spots for some time, it's important you start getting used to actually putting your kitchen to good use.
Keep in mind 70% of your weight loss success will be dependent on your nutrition and the amount you're eating on a daily basis. Take some time to research the Internet to find some healthy meals and snacks
that look appealing to you. You'll find tons of them within 15 minutes of searching on Google. Save or print out the directions along with ingredient list and the pictures if you want and you'll be set.
Count Or At Least Monitor Your Calories - Your body only needs a certain number of calories each and every day. Search online to find out what an appropriate calorie amount is for you - which will take into consideration your gender, age, height, and usual activity level.
This number can range anywhere from 1,500 - 3,000 calories per day which is why it's important to learn what is appropriate calorie amount for you. Once you have this number, you can use one of the many FREE calorie counting apps/websites to keep track of what you're consuming on a daily basis. This tip right here can really get you focused on eating healthy regularly so give it a try for a couple of weeks and see how it helps you.
Prepare Properly Portioned Snacks - It's so important to not only eat proper portions at your meals but also your snacks. Keeping your body properly nourished throughout the day in the form of snacks will prevent hunger cravings from creeping in tempting you to eat something unhealthy.
It will do you no good to eat a healthy breakfast, then at ten o'clock when you start to get a little hungry go to the vending machine at work and get a 20 oz bottle of soda along with a giant Snickers bar. Say hello to 700 calories right there! Instead, prepare healthy snacks at home and toss them in your lunch bag when you head out in the morning.
Get in the habit of always having a container of water with you so you're never empty-handed during the day. If you get rid of just one soda per day, over the course of a year you'll eliminate 54,750 calories, or 15.6 pounds, from potentially being put into your body. Imagine if you changed all your drinks to water!