Eating healthy is one of the most popular goals people set for themselves. Subtle changes in you diet can be beneficial without taking the taste out of your food or the fun out of eating. Consider these simple suggestions to get started down the right path.
Start slow. Work on one thing at a time. For example, try eating more vegetables at one meal, instead of all three meals. Remember, the goal is to make gradual changes that will last a lifetime.
Get full before stocking up. Eat BEFORE you go grocery shopping. You’ll be less tempted to grab impulse items if your belly is full.
Be prepared. Plan ahead for situations where your choices are limited—eat a low-fat snack before you go to a party, work function, etc.
Go for the grain. Eat more complex carbohydrates (starches) found in whole wheat bread, bagels, pasta and brown rice. Eat less simple carbohydrates (sugars) found in many desserts, syrups, and sodas.
Get fruity. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. They are high in vitamins and minerals, and low in sodium, calories and fat.
Cut it in half. When dining out, cut your meal in half or share it with a friend. Portions at restaurants are often DOUBLE that of recommended serving sizes.
Easy on the extras. Don’t turn a healthy salad into a disaster by piling on the extras. Did you know that just two tablespoons of ranch dressing has 150 calories and 16 grams of fat????? Stick with vinaigrettes or dressings labeled “fat free.” Also, dip your food into dressings, instead of pouring them on your food.
Meat expectations. Choose white meat instead of dark meat, and select turkey over chicken—it’s leaner. Also, keep your meat servings the size of a deck of cards.
Source: Wellness Council of America