How to Eat Healthy
You don’t have to make drastic changes in your diet to eat better. Unless, of course, you eat at McDonald’s at every meal. Most of us can significantly improve our health when we make small changes. Here are ways you can eat healthier without sacrificing the joys of eating sumptuous dishes.
Eat Lean Meat
Meat provides us with high quality protein and essential minerals. Bacon and ham aren’t the only delicious options. Stick with lean meats to get more protein and less harmful animal fats. It’s easy to shop for lean options, whether you’re shopping for beef, poultry, or seafood. Other excellent protein choices are eggs, dry beans, seeds and nuts.
Look for labels that say “90% lean”, or anything above that number. Turkey is a fantastic choice. After removing fatty meat from your diet, hundreds of calories are shaved off each time.
Learn to Appreciate Water
Sugar is highly addicting, a lot more addicting than most people realize. Like all addictions, weaning yourself off sugar is effective. There are massive amounts of sugar in sodas and commercial juice drinks.
If you drink soda or juice drink at every meal, you can cut down slowly by sticking to one sugary drink a day, up until you’ve totally eliminated these unhealthy options. Bear in mind that one can of regular soda has nine teaspoons of sugar! Grape and orange sodas are the worst culprits, having over 50 percent more sugar than regular fizzy drinks.
Learn to appreciate water. It has zero calories and is something your body can’t live without. As you wean off sweet drinks, the cravings will subside, and your body will thank you for it.
Here are other tips to help you eat better. Following these will have a huge positive impact on your health:
Choose nonfat or 1% milk over 2% or whole milk.
Snack on breads or cereals that are made with whole grains. These have the least fats compared to other kinds.
You’re only human. Sometimes you’ll slip and eat a high-calorie meal. Balance the situation by choosing a low-calorie meal at your next meal.
Make it a habit to check food labels. Check the fat, sodium, sugar, calorie and cholesterol content.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating bland. You can enjoy spices like pepper, rosemary, nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, basil, and many more. By watching the sugar, fats, sodium and cholesterol consumed, you’ll have a healthier body that will reward you over decades. You only have one body, treat it well.