Are you tired of your unhealthy eating habits keeping you down?
You may think changing your eating habits is to difficult and you won’t have the willpower to do so, but it’s possible. Simple healthy eating choices can have a significant impact on the way you feel about food.
We’re here to share 10 tips to transition you to how to start eating healthy. Read on to learn how.
1. Never Skip Breakfast
You might not realize you’re doing your body a disservice by not eating breakfast. Those who say breakfast is the most important meal of the day are right.
As research suggests, there are many benefits to eating breakfast every morning. Those who enjoy daily breakfast lower risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.
There’s also a debate whether or not eating breakfast can help people lose weight. If you have some extra lbs, it couldn’t hurt to eat a little breakfast every day.
2. Choose Good Carbs Over Bad Carbs
Although some people fear the word carbohydrates, not all carbs are created equal.
There’s no reason to fear carbs as long as you know the difference between good and bad carbs. We need carbs as a source of energy, but our body processes these types of carbs differently.
Try to limit carbs that contain added sugar such as cookies, candy, cake, pastries, energy drinks, ice cream, and other such.
You should add good carbs to your diet, such as corn, whole wheat products, brown and wild rice, quinoa, and legumes.
3. Add Fish to Your Diet
A little change you can make to improve your diet is to eat more fish. Not only is fish a lean protein, it has so many properties that are good for you.
Fish is a great source of polyunsaturated fat and Omega-3 fatty acids. Like everything, you should eat in moderation, but try to add fish to your diet at least twice a week.
Salmon and trout are choices preferred by many.
4. Don’t Drink Your Calories
If you’re thirsty, you need to drink some water. Drinking sugary drinks will not help to quench your thirst. In fact, sugary drinks such as soda, juice, energy drinks, coffees, and others will only add calories and leave you thirsty.
Instead of sugary drinks, you should drink water, tea, or sparkling water. Believe it or not, simply drinking water will have a significant impact.
Expect your energy levels to increase, flush away your toxins, improves your skin, and many other benefits. So next time you want to choose juice over water, think about all the health benefits you’ll be giving up.
5. Add Color to Your Plate
A great way to start making healthier eating choices is to add a little bit of color to your plate. The best way to achieve this is by adding fruits and vegetables to your every meal.
Add leafy greens such as spinach, kale, lettuce, and others to your daily diet. Other colorful fruits and vegetables include tomatoes, avocados, peppers, sweet potatoes, and many others.
Adding these colorful fruits and vegetables will ensure you get enough flavor, vitamins, and minerals in your diet. It will make a possitive impact.
6. Cut Down on Salt
Did you know that too much salt in your diet can be the culprit for high blood pressure?
Maybe you think you don’t have to worry about it because you don’t add salt to your food. The truth is salt is in everything else you buy in a package.
Knowing this will help you be mindful of your food choices. Pay attention to the labels and go for foods that are low in sodium, have no salt added, or reduced sodium.
7. Decrease your Sugar Intake
Not only does eating a lot of sugar puts you at risk for obesity, it also will cause tooth decay. Focus on educating yourself to learn where you can get natural sugars such as fruits and milk.
Eliminate the foods you for sure know have added sugars such as candy, soda, cookies, and more.
Learn to read the label on foods to watch out for excessive amounts of added sugar. Anything with over 22g of sugar per 100g will be considered high in sugar.
8. Practice Moderation
We know it’s hard to give up all of the foods you love, but you don’t have to completely give up eating cheeseburgers and milkshakes if you practice moderation.
When you change your eating habits, you’ll start to feel different in a positive way and crave unhealthy meals less.
Since you’ll eat healthier on a daily basis, you’ll know it’s not the end of the world if you eat a burger every once in a while. Practicing moderation will ensure you don’t go craving bad foods every day because you think they’re off limits.
9. Portion Control
Practicing portion control will make such a positive impact on your diet.
If you have trouble with portion control, start by using a smaller plate or bowl to eat your meals. While you might feel a little bit hungry at first your body will naturally learn to feel satisfied when you eat less.
You can practice doing the same when you go out by eating half of the meal if possible and taking the other half home to enjoy later.
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10. Make a Grocery List
Have you ever gone grocery shopping hungry? If you have, you know there’s a big chance you will buy things you don’t normally get.
A good tip is to avoid this and get better food choices is to make a grocery shopping list before you go. Shopping with a list will direct you to only the things you need to buy and steer you clear of any unhealthy choices.
Make Healthy Eating Choices
With these 10 tips, you’ll start to make healthy eating choices little by little and see a huge difference in the way you feel.
Start by eating breakfast, drinking more water, portion control, and practice moderation.
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