7 Simple Choices for Healthy Eating
Hey there Mama! I know all the fad diets and all the different “eating plans” out there are overwhelming. Seems like every time I turn around there is some other great thing that promises you will “lose weight and feel great!” The fact is that it doesn’t have to be that difficult. It’s really simple. There are 7 simple choices for healthy eating that you can begin implementing today to make it so much easier on you.
Somewhere caught up in your busy lifestyle, between your smart phone, day planner, lap top, the kids sports, piano lessons, traffic, and household duties, being healthy got deleted from your agenda. Instead of planning and taking time to sit down to eat, you’re on the go, driving through fast food places eating combo meals, forgetting to eat lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, the quick and easy foods are loaded with carbohydrates, sodium, sugar and the unhealthy kind of fats. You not only feel sluggish and tired all the time, but you’re starting to skip the mirror. Am I right?
Let’s get right to it. Here are some easy things you can do.
- Do NOT skip breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast will jump-start your metabolism, giving you the energy your body needs to get you through the morning. A protein, such as 2 eggs, along with a healthy carbohydrate, like 1 slice of whole grain bread with a teaspoon of almond butter, and a serving of fruit in the morning is a great, balanced breakfast.
- Reduce your intake of caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and is addictive. It will also make you hungry. Carbonation prevents your body from absorbing nutrients. Both caffeine and carbonation will cause your body to be in a more acidic state. The best pH for your balance is more alkaline or slightly over 7.0 which is half way between total acidic and alkalinity.
- Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. I personally drink filtered or distilled water. Purified, ionized and reverse osmosis water is also good. Think of water as cleansing the toxins out of your body. Water is water and water is not ice tea, coffee, Crystal light. You may want to add a little fresh fruit, such as strawberries or lemons, to your water if you don’t like it plain. Once your body becomes properly hydrated, you will start to crave water. This is a good thing.
- Eat your fruits and vegetables daily. A diet rich in dark green, orange, red and yellow choices are best. Your body likes variety which comes in all colors. Variety gives your body a greater amount of nutrients. The most overlooked benefit of eating raw vegetables in your diet is the benefits of the enzyme activity in raw vegetables. Eat at least 3 portions of raw vegetables a day.
- Eat whole-grain products. Your best sources are whole-grain breads, cereals, rice and pasta. Stay away from enriched and white flour products. Read the label. Processed foods are not whole-grains. All the healthy nutrients have been stripped away from processed foods.
- Cut the bad (saturated) fats and increase the good (unsaturated) fats. The bad fats include butter, full-fat dairy products and animal fat. Eat the good fats that include olive, canola and corn oils. Read the labels. Choose almonds or walnuts, avocados and natural nut butters.
- Drink alcohol in moderation if at all. Alcohol has wasted calories and if consumed on a regular basis, adds unwanted pounds. Alcohol also increases your blood sugar levels which is unhealthy for your metabolism.
Just take your time if this is crazy new to you and try making one or two small changes each week. Or continue to work on one of these tips until it becomes a part of your healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating takes some planning. It’s very difficult to eat healthy on the fly. Spend some time and plan your meals. It’s well worth the rewards.
You are what you eat.
If you are eating unhealthy, don’t expect to stay healthy for long. I believe it’s easier to stay healthy than to try to get healthy once your sick. In fact, don’t be surprised at all if you’re not sick so often once you start eating healthy!
With only a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in your daily eating habits. Use your mind. If you think healthy, you will eat healthy. Think of foods as fuel for your body. Eating healthy foods will produce a healthy body. Now that’s something you can pass down to your kids and grand kids.
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