For a lot of people, eating healthy seems like some sort of punishment. Instead of stuffing your face with delicious chocolates and salty treats, if you want to stay in shape you need to eat broccoli and carrots. Why is life so unfair? But let’s get serious for a second. First of all, healthy foods are not tasteless as you may think. In fact, there are so many scrumptious meals that are nutritious as well as tasty. Second of all, eating healthy is not just good for your weight, it can also lead to reduced cancer risk, diabetes management, heart health and stroke prevention, strong bones and teeth, and even better mood and improved memory. Therefore, if you have decided to get back on the right track and start eating clean, here are some tips that will help you achieve your goal.
Prepare Your Own Food
After a long, hard day at the office ordering in or grabbing a burger on your way home is definitely the easiest option. However, if you want to control what you eat, you need to prepare your meals yourself. This way you will be able to control the salt, sugar, and fats that go into your lunch or dinner and keep those levels as low as possible. Keep in mind that most restaurants add a load of butter and salt into everything they make (this is one of the reasons why their salads are always so delicious and yours taste like cardboard).
Steer Clear Of Processed Foods
You don’t have to be a detective to know which foods are processed. Basically, everything that comes in a jar or a box has been processed. Although these foods are convenient because they have a long shelf life, they are high in added sugar and fats. Therefore, instead of eating store-bought chips, candy, cookies, frozen dinners, bottled salad dressings, breakfast cereal, and canned soups, opt for leafy greens, salmon, lean beef, and chicken breast, boiled potatoes, tuna, beans, and other nutritious foods. Instead of eating a bowl of cereal every morning, use a premium egg poacher to make a healthy breakfast. Rather than eating a burger for lunch, grill some veggies and chicken breasts. These small steps can lead to big results.
Take Time To Read The Nutrition Labels
Who has time to read all those labels? Well, you do, especially if you want to eat healthily. Before you place a product in your shopping cart, check out the nutrition label on it, and see whether terms such as “hydrolyzed or “modified” come up. If so, put it back on the shelf and move on. Also, look for products that contain whole grains. If you notice that the product is really high in calories, make sure that those come from the fiber and lean proteins, and not saturated fats and sugar.
Be Careful What You Drink
Have you ever heard about liquid calories? While it is important to make wise decisions about what you eat, make sure you are also making good choices when it comes to your beverages. Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and help your body function properly, but sodas and other sugary drinks contain a lot of calories and provide absolutely no health benefit to you.
If you wish to turn your life around and eat healthily, make sure you don’t take any drastic measures. Instead, make a gradual transition and ease into your new lifestyle. This way you are more likely to make your new habits stick.