These tips are meant to help you make smarter choices when it comes to eating. Remember, you don’t always have to be perfect, but a few small choices sure make the road to health a lot easier.
When deciding what snack to choose, think about how much “bang for your buck” you’ll get. Most fruits and veggies are low in calories and fill you up more than a bag of 180 calorie chips.
Try to keep a steady eating routine. It will throw your body off if you skip a meal and starve yourself only to overeat later. Avoid such situations as much as possible.
Do you find yourself snacking while preparing dinner and then sit down to eat, already completely stuffed? Try sipping tea or chewing gum while cooking. If you still feel too hungry to wait, keep some sliced veggies on hand to snack on. Bigger picture: try to have a healthy snack in between lunch and dinner so you won’t find yourself struggling time and time again.
Consider broiling as a healthy alternative to frying. Cook food by direct heat in the broiler section of an oven or an oven-type appliance. (Brought to you by The Mayo Clinic)
Don’t start your day off with sugar; it only leads to bad things.
Eat a grapefruit! “Grapefruit helps you lose weight by helping you feel fuller faster and longer. This is largely due to grapefruit being a great source for dietary fiber.”
STOP DRINKING SODA! Ok, well at least make an effort to drink less.
Try not to look at skipping dessert as a sacrifice. Instead, view it as an accomplishment. I choose not to eat this dessert, because I choose to be healthier.
A healthy eating style is like a puzzle with many parts. Each part — or food — is different. Some foods may have more fat, sugar or salt while others may have more vitamins or fiber. There is a place for all these foods. What makes a diet good or bad is how foods fit together. Balancing your choices is important. Fit in a higher-fat food, like pepperoni pizza, at dinner by choosing lower-fat foods at other meals. And don’t forget about moderation. If two pieces of pizza fill you up, you don’t need a third. (Brought to you by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports)
If you’re a huge ice cream lover, try switching to a frozen yogurt. You’ll be saving yourself some major calories without sacrificing taste.
Orange and yellow-hued veggies like winter squash, carrots and sweet potatoes and leafy greens contain carotenoids, a pigment our body converts to vitamin A. Eating lots of these vegetables will help maintain healthy skin and hair, protect against prostate cancer, promote healthy vision and even provide protection from sunburn. (Brought to you by Food Network)
Cut back on ketchup, mustard, sauces and pickles if you need to control sodium. Also, skip salted french fries, chips, ham, sausage, bacon and cheese. (Brought to you by The Mayo Clinic)