Healthy Eating

Published Tuesday, July 7, 2009 10:58 AM

There is no lack of websites out there that have advice on healthy eating. I have decided to begin my journey of research to see how I can develop a better diet to go along with my gym membership. Exercise and diet go hand in hand and one doesn’t work as well without the other. Although the following tips on healthy eating are quite obvious, it doesn’t hurt to have a few reminders:

-The best way to avoid unhealthy foods is not to buy them at all. This is a hard change to make for those who love having cookies and chips handy, however, you might be surprised at how easy it is to reach for a “convenient” piece of fruit instead. Keep plenty of fruit and nuts available for when you get munchy.

-You will crave your favorites, so find ways to eat them a little bit healthier (example: look for unsalted alternatives; lower calories; less fat).

-A diet balanced with the proper vitamins and minerals might cut down your cravings for sweets or salt and is necessary.

-An important part of healthy eating is being sure to eat a healthy breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day because it starts your day, hopefully the right way. Starting your day with “junk” food will lead to other poor choices for snacks, lunch and dinner so try to eat foods that are high in fiber and protein. This can include foods like oatmeal or low-fat yogurt with granola.

-Go ahead and eat all your meals for the day! Many think that if they skip a meal, they will lost some weight by cutting out those calories. This only leads to extreme hunger and then eating too much later in the day. You might also lean more toward eating an unhealthy meal that contains a lot of fat and sugar, so try to eat light meals every 4 hours or so. Taking in low calorie meals throughout the day helps suppress appetite and keep your energy stable too.

-Healthy eating also includes drinking plenty of water! Water is so healthy for your body and it is recommended to drink at least 6-8 glasses daily to help your body function.

-Here’s a new one: brushing your teeth could suppress your appetite! If you feel a craving to snack on unhealthy foods, try brushing your teeth first. Leave a comment on here if it works for you!

Look for an upcoming blog post on some healthy snacks you can choose to eat at home, at work, at school or on the go!

by parker
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