Tips to Start Eating Healthy for Life September 26, 2007Posted by Wen in : Healthy Eating , trackback
Healthy eating is important for maintaining bodily functions and living a disease-free life. If you’re conditioned to unhealthy eating habits it can be difficult to change them. However, if you truly want to live the best lifestyle possible, it’s important to follow some tips in order to start eating a more healthy diet.
A good first step to start eating healthier is to rid your home of all foods that are not healthy. Keep junk foods and beverages out of your house so you aren’t tempted to snack during the day. Instead, keep healthy snacks like carrot sticks, yogurt, fresh fruit and whole-wheat crackers on hand.
If you find that you just can’t bear to toss out the sweets, try keeping something small in the pantry, like chocolate chips. Eating a few of these won’t ruin your diet but it will give you that little sugar fix you crave.
Another step on the path to healthy eating is to learn which foods are the healthiest for you and how they work in the body. Most people know that fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products are good for them, but few people understand why. The key is learning about nutrients. When you understand how specific nutrients work in the body, you will be more likely to make healthy choices for your body. Knowledge is power!
When preparing yourself for your new healthy diet, you should take into consideration your meal schedule. If you often eat in a hurry or at odd times of the day, you probably aren’t eating the healthiest foods possible. Plan ahead! Instead of grabbing a fast food lunch on the go, pack your lunch for work, complete with a healthy wrap and some fresh vegetables.
If you aren’t currently eating healthy dinners and have little time to cook when you get home each night, plan some menus and cook your dinners ahead of time.
Start with baby steps. Even if you only replace one soda a day with a glass of water, you are really improving you’re eliminating wasted calories and unnecessary sugar. If you eat fast food every day for lunch, try replacing that half of the time, then work your way to 6 days a week.
When you start by taking small steps, it doesn’t seem like you’re taking all the fun out of eating. Start by replacing some of the foods you love with healthier foods, then slowly work your way to more healthy foods. You’ll soon discover that you can love healthy eating as much as unhealthy eating.