Do you remember SlimFast? What about the Atkins diet? Isagenix?
The weight loss landscape has changed dozens of times, and fast diets aren’t as appealing as they used to be. Why is that? People are beginning to realize that the simple act of healthy eating helps with weight loss, boosts your body’s immunity against disease, and even improves your mood and overall well-being.
Pretty easy, right? Eating healthy only works if it can fit into our busy lives and schedules. Here are 10 ways to incorporate healthy eating habits into your life.
1. Cook at home more often: Cooking at home makes it easier to avoid processed foods. It can be as simple as scrambled eggs, whole grain toast, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.
2. How you eat is as important as what you eat: Enjoy the meals and the food you eat! Don’t multitask. Avoid distractions such as your computer or TV while you eat. Sit down and enjoy a meal at the table. If you live with others, make family dinner a priority.
3. Listen to your body: Eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full.
4. Eat at regular times: Eat breakfast one to two hours after waking up. Don’t wait too long between your meals. It’s harder to make healthy choices when you’re hungry.
5. Provide healthy snacks: Try whole grain crackers and peanut butter or hummus, a piece of fruit and a few unsalted nuts, or frozen berries and plain yogurt.
6. Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits at every meal: Enjoy brightly colored whole vegetables and fruits. Fresh or frozen, try them in different ways: raw, roasted or sautéed.
7. Eat whole grains more often: Switch to brown rice, whole wheat pasta, dark rye bread or oatmeal. Try something new in your soup, salad or casserole like quinoa, bulgur or barley.
8. Eat fish at least twice a week: Trout, salmon, tuna and sardines are some tasty options. Try fresh, frozen or canned.
9. Include legumes such as beans, chickpeas, lentils, nuts and seeds more often: Add them to salads, soups and grain dishes like rice, quinoa or couscous. Legumes can replace meat in your meals. Try a vegetarian chili.
10. Don’t be afraid of fat: You need fat to be healthy, and it adds flavor to your cooking. Use vegetable fats such as olive or canola oils.
Start slow and change one thing at a time. You won’t see changes overnight, but keep going, and you’ll start to notice that these healthy habits lead to a healthier body and a happier person.
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