Okay, this is the time of year I start to stress just a bit. Because I DO NOT want to do that dance come New Years… where I pack on a few extra and then have to burn it off. If you can remember to stick to these 8 simple healthy eating tips. Especially during the holiday cheer, then you just might end up being ahead of the game come January 1st… or 2nd. Start planning now EVERYONE.
Healthy Eating Tip # 1:
Keep Track of What You Eat – Initially, you may find it helpful to write down what you eat each day to see where there’s room for improvement. You may not realize how many wasted calories you consume on a daily basis (sugary sodas, butter, salad dressing, etc). When you eliminate the wasted calories, you create room for more food in your diet! 100 calories from butter does nothing to make you feel full. 100 calories from a serving of vegetables or protein will.
Healthy Eating Tip # 2:
Control Your Portion Sizes – Learn to visualize the recommended portions of each food group. For example, 3 ounces of meat is about the size of a small bar of soap or a deck of cards. Half a cup of pasta, rice or potatoes is about the size of a baseball. Make a habit of reading package labels so that you know what a single portion is. Try scaling back on high fat condiments by cutting your normal portion in half (butter, sour cream, salad dressing, mayonnaise, etc.).
Healthy Eating Tip # 3:
Eat Frequently & Snack Wisely – Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! If you’re too busy to make breakfast, a Muscle Memory protein shake is a fast and easy option. Plan ahead how frequently you’re going to eat and make sure to have healthy snacks on hand. If you don’t allow for snacks, you may end up overeating at your next meal. Healthy snacks include whole-grain crackers, fruits, vegetables, small portions of nuts and seeds and low-fat dairy products.
Healthy Eating Tip # 4:
Introduce Variety Into Your Diet – Eating healthy will be very boring if you’re not open to trying new types of foods. One of the best ways to eliminate fat in your cooking is to use more herbs and spices. Never tried curry? Don’t know what to do with a jalapeno? The world of interesting food awaits you! Try something new tonight. Check out some of my favorite recipes now!
Healthy Eating Tip # 5:
Know Your Weaknesses – Life would barely be worth living if I didn’t have ice cream once in awhile. That doesn’t mean I’m going to keep it around the house. If you have no willpower and cookies are your weakness, don’t buy them at the grocery store. If you don’t buy the bag of cookies, you won’t have the opportunity to eat them. Sounds simple, huh?
Healthy Eating Tip # 6:
Exercise – People always say, “working out makes me hungry.” That’s a good thing. Your body needs fuel to become and stay healthy. As you increase your physical activity, you’ll not only feel better, you’ll want to take better care of yourself. The food and lifestyle choices you make will get easier and clearer as you commit to frequent physical activity.
Healthy Eating Tip # 7:
Make Changes Gradually Over Time – Don’t go from eating Whoppers every day to eating nothing but brown rice and chicken breasts. Incorporate healthier options over time and you will eventually develop new habits.
Healthy Eating Tip # 8:
Learn To Cook – If you rely on restaurants to feed you, you will always be at the mercy of what other people think you should eat. Preparing healthy meals doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a ton of resources to help you learn the basics.
What are some of your best healthy eating tips?