We hear more and more about benefits of eating healthy and it is something a lot of us want to start doing, but we have such a hard time because of temptations at home, at work and on the road. In addition most of the time, we either have no good plan of actions or no plan at all. Hopefully, these rules will help you and explain how to start eating healthy.
Eating Healthy Rule #1: Make gradual changes in your diet instead of completely changing it overnight. Every week or two, add something new and healthy into your daily or weekly menu.
Small changes will accumulate overtime and will result in healthy eating habits. For example, in the beginning, you can start eating linear meats, and incorporating more fruits and veggies. Then you can decide to add healthier breakfast cereals, oatmeal, whole grain breads. After that, you can gradually cut out caffeine and sweets. By cutting one little thing out at a time, it is easier to get used to the new diet and make it feel normal. Then you simply repeat the process.
Eating Healthy Rule #2: Limit fast food. Don’t cut it out completely, but gradually replace it with something healthier and tasty.
While many fast food companies are trying to offer healthier choices, the portions still remain huge and, unfortunately, not the best quality. Replace saturated fats with good fats (like olive oil, flaxseeds, almonds, etc). Eat real food, cut out the overly processed chemically engineered foods. If you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients from the label in the supermarket then don’t buy it.
Eating Healthy Rule #3: Don’t skip meals. Instead, eat small portions and more often during the day.
Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and makes you eat more when you are starving. In addition, you can make poorer food choices when you are very hungry. Eating healthy snacks will allow you to cut back on your portion sizes plus will help to keep you from overeating at your next meal. So, instead of having large lunch, have one small sandwich and some fruits or a yogurt few hours later.
Eating Healthy Rule #4: Avoid soda. Hydrate with water.
Besides not being healthy, soda has too much sugar and should be avoided. Instead, quench your thirst by sipping water throughout a day. Our body naturally loses fluids and it needs to be replenished for good health. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of those body fluids consist of circulation, absorption, digestion, transfer of vitamins and minerals, production of saliva, and maintaining of body temperature. Drinking water is essential to your health.
Eating Healthy Rule #5: Don’t expect quick results. It’s okay not to eat perfectly.
You won’t make a noticeable difference right away. That’s okay. Getting habits of eating healthy does not happen overnight. You need to be patient. It is actually okay to indulge from time to time as long as you are sticking to an overall healthy diet. Not being ‘perfect’ with your diet is way healthier than being an overly rigid eater. Enjoy, listen to your body and just do your best.[/fusion_text]