Eating healthy in today’s fast world is a challenge for many, myself included. However, good nutrition and developing healthy eating habits is not hard.
What is good nutrition? Good nutrition ensures that your body receives the nutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and good fats that it needs to function properly. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to eliminate packaged and prepared foods and substitute fresh food in their place. Adding fresh vegetables and fruits to your diet is one of the best things that you can do. The government’s food guidelines recommends that you eat 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Cereal that has low sugar content and adding some fruit is a healthier breakfast instead of donuts, muffins, and egg, cheese and sausage or bacon sandwiches. In a rush to get to work? Keep the cereal and fruit in a plastic container and add the milk when you get to work. Use non-fat milk or one of the many alternative milks such as soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk. A glass of regular milk contains as much saturated fat as a few slices of bacon.
Fast food lunches are quick and convenient but cooking pasta or other home-cooked meals will improve your health and you will probably feel less hungry a few hours later. Lunch is also a great opportunity to add some vegetables to your diet. Use the rainbow approach to creating salads. Include green, red, yellow, and orange vegetables. Add spices like pepper, oregano, thyme, etc. in place of those high fat-laden salad dressings. Also keep in mind that just because a food is offered at a salad bar it may not necessarily be a healthy choice. Some salad bars offer bacon, ham, salami, potato salad, sour cream and other foods that may not be the best choice for achieving your healthy eating goal. An occasional helping of these foods is fine but don’t make them a daily occurrence.
Substitute water in place of soda whenever you can. Most soadas are filled with sugar, more than you need. Your body needs water. It is recommended that you drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily.
Eat a lighter dinner. Make lunch your largest meal since you have the opportunity to burn those calories during the work day. Limit the oils when you cook and forget the easy bake and shake and helper packaged meals. Make dinner a light and relaxing meal. Cook extra and you can use the leftovers for a future lunch during the week.