Simple tips to turn healthy eating into a lifestyle

We can all agree by now that healthy eating does not have one universal, one-size-fits all description. What we all strive to achieve from a “healthy diet” is quite similar though- more energy, better moods, a stable weight, and lower risks of disease. How do we as individuals begin this healthy eating journey when we are faced with a saturated market of fad diets and food products all claiming optimal health? Here are a few smart, yet simple tips to get your started:

Choose to be REAL!

The simplest way to eat healthy is to choose REAL, living food as close to its original form as possible. You will find your real foods around the perimeter of the grocery store: fruit, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, organic dairy products, nuts, and seeds. These foods should make up the bulk of your everyday meals.

Balanced Plate = Balanced Life

Protein, fat, and carbohydrates are essential nutrients required by the human body. All three are needed to build and repair the cells in our body, provide natural energy, and maintain a safe body weight. Choose 1 serving of protein, 1 serving of fat, and 2 servings of carbohydrates for each meal. Remember: 1 of your carbohydrate sources should always be a fruit or vegetable!

Protein: lean meat, eggs, fish, seafood, cottage cheese, full-fat milk & yogurt, cheese

Fat: olives, olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, nut butters, ghee, grass-fed butter

Carbohydrates: fruit, vegetables, quinoa, millet, oats, barley, rice

Moderation Matters

Eating in moderation essentially means eating only as much as your body needs to maintain a healthy body weight and energy level. At the end of your meal you should feel satisfied, not stuffed. Here are extra tips to make moderate eating easier: 1) Start cooking more at home to reduce the amount of fast food and packaged goods you are eating each week 2) Fill your plate based on your hunger level; are you hangry or starving? Grab a larger portion of meat with a bunch of vegetables. Are you slightly hungry but not feeling any physical effects? Grab a smaller portion of meat with vegetables that align with your hunger level. 3) Our brains work slower than our stomachs, so take the time to sit down and completely chew your food during each bite to reduce overeating.

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