It’s common knowledge that healthy eating along with some daily movement or exercise is very important for maintaining a good bodily function and goes a long way towards living a disease-free life. However, if you’re currently not eating a healthy diet, it can seem impossible to successfully change those unhealthy habits. Sometimes, the best path forward is to take one small step at a time rather than trying to change everything overnight. If you are interested in better health, read on and see if you can incorporate some of these tips and work toward eating a more healthy diet.
Learn About Healthy Eating
A great step to healthy eating, when you’re first starting the process, is to take a few moments to learn what foods are the healthiest for you and how they work within the body. To start eating healthily we must begin by thinking healthily. Most people understand that fruits, vegetables, and low-fat meats are good for you, but few people understand why. The key is learning about nutrients. When you understand how specific nutrients work and why you need them, it becomes more reasonable for you to make healthier choices for your body. Knowledge really is power!
Another great step when you want to start eating your way to a healthy lifestyle is to rid your home of all temptations that will distract you from following better eating habits. Ideally, it would be a wise course to keep junk foods and beverages out of your house so as not be tempted to snack during the day. If you’re worried about getting hungry, keep healthy snacks like carrot sticks, yogurt, fresh fruit, or whole-wheat crackers on hand. If you find that you just cannot bear to toss out the sweets, try keeping something tiny on hand, like peppermints or barley sugar. Eating a few, (emphasis on few) of these won’t ruin your diet but also will give you that little sugary fix you crave.
More Fruits and Vegetables
The new food guidelines issued by the United States government recommend that all Americans eat between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day. Vegetables and fruits are some of the least expensive, most nutrient rich, foods in the supermarket. Immediately, by adding a variety of these nutritious, delicious foods to your daily meals and snacks, you up the healthy factor a lot!
When you take into account how much a serving really is, it is actually quite easy to get five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. For instance, the recommended daily amount actually equates to a quite reasonable two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables every day.
Eating the same thing every day quickly becomes boring, so why not pick a variety of fruits and vegetables, in every color of the rainbow and in every conceivable shape, size and texture, to give yourself a varied diet every day. Different color fruits and vegetables have different types of nutrients, and choosing a variety of colors will help ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need each and every day.
Drinking six to eight glasses of pure water a day is another simple step you can take towards better health. Remember that your body is made up of about 60% water. Drinking water is important for maintaining the balance of your body fluids. This means that you need water to have optimal function of your digestion, muscles, kidney, to name a few. If you are not drinking water, then you are more likely to reach for some other less-healthy fluid, like soda or alcohol, to quench your body’s thirst.
Preparation is a major key in commencing a new healthy diet. You must take into consideration your schedule for meals. If you often eat in a rushed hurry at odd times of day, you are probably more inclined to grab a nutrient-poor meal which will probably do more harm than good. So plan ahead! Instead of grabbing a fast food lunch on the go, take a bagged lunch to work, complete with a healthy wrap and some fresh fruit and vegetables.
Don’t forget your evening meals. A simple plan to have a meal ready before you get home would be perfect, but in our fast paced lifestyle, sometimes this just can’t be done. One way to solve this problem is to plan out your evening meals for the week, going to the grocery store with a clear shopping list. But don’t go shopping when you’re hungry, because if you’re anything like me, you might just find some chocolate or sweet pastry in your cart! And that could easily sabotage your healthy eating plans.
Start with baby steps. Even if you only replace one soda a day with a glass of water, you are really improving your calorie intake. If you eat fast food every day for lunch, try replacing that half of the time with better quality foods. When you start by taking small steps you aren’t cutting out all of the foods you love all at once. By taking your time to learn about your eating habits and slowly replacing them with better meals, by taking the time to learn and understand why you should be doing that and making the necessary changes in an orderly fashion, you will feel much better within yourself physically, mentally and emotionally and well on the road to becoming as healthy as you can be.