The new year is upon us and with that comes all of the resolutions and goals to get healthy. If your goal is to eat healthy, here are 25 Tips for Healthy Eating. There are so many options for healthy living that a person couldn’t possibly investigate them all. The possibilities are so vast. In my unprofessional opinion, seriously, I’m not a professional, things you can do that are easy will keep you on the right path. If you introduce crazy complicated things, you’re done for. Maybe not everyone, but that is how I am.
I told you about my goals for the new year on Friday and if you read them, you know that I want to be healthier. I regularly eat pretty healthy, although not completely healthy. I don’t eat fast food, I don’t drink pop/soda (thanks to Kami and her Game on Health Challenge) and I eat very, very little fried food. I still have chocolate almost daily, but usually in the form of one Dove chocolate Promise because you can’t take my chocolate away or life would be so very sad.
I’ve been thinking about ways that my husband and I can eat healthier, while still having the occasional indulgence. I’m thinking about ways we can have healthy food choices that are easy because I’m sometimes at work at dinner time, so he needs something easy that he can and will eat. (That second part, ‘will eat’, is the hardest.) So, without further ado, here are my tips.
1. Don’t bring junk you can’t control yourself around into your house. Period. For me, that means no Ding Dongs.
2. Eat a healthy meal before you go to the grocery store.
3. When you’re at the grocery store, shop with a list and shop the perimeter, where the fresh stuff is located. Which leads us to number 4.
4. Stop eating processed and fast food. It’s not food!! Did you know that most of the processed food we have in our stores in the United States is either banned or some of the ingredients are banned in most other countries? If the rest of the world shouldn’t eat it, should we? NO!! (Ignore those crackers in the cart. I was buying them for someone else.)
5. When you get home from the grocery store, with your fresh ingredients, get them ready to eat as much possible. Wash and chop your veggies and fruits and put them in containers for easy grabbing. I love Ziploc Zip’N Steam Cooking Bags to steam my veggies. You can get those ready ahead of time as well and just store them in their steamer bags in your vegetable bin.
6. When you have dinner, fill your plate half full of vegetables and fruits.
7. Eat whole grain bread, pasta and rice. Whole grains fill you faster and longer.
8. Drink lots of water. I’ve read that you should half your weight and drink at least that much in ounces every day. If you participate in the Game on Health Challenge, you drink about 100 ounces per day.
9. STOP drinking your calories. NO soda/pop at all. Very little fruit juice. Not only is it healthier, but it’s less expensive as well.
10. If you don’t like water or you think it’s bland, get an infuser and put lemon and mint in it to give your water a great flavor, without the calories. I have a Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jar Infuser and I really love it!
11. Eat breakfast! It gets your body going and if you’ve eaten something healthy you’re less likely to eat junk.
12. Don’t pick off of your kids plates. Have your kids take their plates to the sink and put them in the sink. Run water on them so you won’t eat what’s left.
13. This one might be a little harder, but substitution in your favorite recipes can really help with the calories, sugars, oils, etc. I don’t bake with oils, I use butter (not margarine) or unsweetened applesauce. Butter isn’t something you want to eat loads of, but it’s natural, so that’s a good thing in my book.
14. Sneak vegetables into recipes. Chop them small so the kids (or husband) can’t pick them out.
15. Preplan all of your meals and snacks.
16. Get enough sleep. Seriously. Your body can’t function properly without enough sleep.
17. Eat on a smaller plate. Then if you fill your plate, you won’t put as much food on your plate.
18. Eat slowly and chew your food well. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you are full.
19. Set your fork down between bites. This will help you with number 18.
20. Don’t eat anything out of a bag, unless it’s a single serving bag. Take a serving size out and put it in a bowl.
21. Drink an 8 ounce glass of water before every meal.
22. Put the healthy stuff in the front of your refrigerator and pantry and the unhealthy stuff at the back. Your mind will want the first thing it sees, so give yourself a fighting chance.
23. Don’t eat in front of the television. Sit at the table and pay attention to what you are eating and the person with whom you are eating.
24. If you’re going to be out for a long time, pack a healthy snack and some water in your bag. By doing this, you won’t be tempted to go through the drive thru. Yes, I do this. I always have a snack in my bag and water with me.
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