Eating Healthier in 5 Simple Steps

Eating Healthier in 5 Simple Steps

Eating Healthier in 5 Simple Steps

A New Year, a New YOU, right? Eating healthier is first on the list but where to start? It can be very overwhelming so start with these 5 simple steps to get that scale moving.

  1. Choose Whole Foodswhat does this mean? What do I choose?
    1. Veggies, fruits, lean meats, fish, eggs, beans, whole grains, healthy fats such as nuts and avocado and dairy products such as natural yogurt and milk. A few ideas:
      1. Swap out your frozen pizza for making your own with fresh ingredients.
      2. Instead of buying frozen meals loaded with sodium and sugar, buy simple, fresh alternatives like rotisserie chicken and frozen, steam in the bag veggies with a small sweet potato you can steam in the microwave.
      3. Throw a bunch of veggies, garlic and onions, beans and either pureed tomatoes or tomato sauce (that is NOT loaded with sugar so read the ingredients) into a crock pot and you’ll have a yummy chili to eat all week.
    2. Frozen veggies and fruit are totally fine and full of nutrients!
    3. Shop the sales and places like Aldi’s who have cheaper produce.
    4. Don’t worry about organic if you can’t afford it. Just do the best you can and wash thoroughly. I recommend this product Eat Cleaner (you can also find it on Amazon).
  2. Avoid Sugary Drinks– you might not be aware of how many calories you are drinking!
    1. Swap out Soda and juices for seltzer of you need the bubbles.
    2. Try brewing up some flavored unsweetened iced herbal tea.
    3. Improve the taste of your water by infusing it with fruit.
  3. Limit Alcohol– full of empty calories. Plus, alcohol slows down your metabolism and makes it difficult to process the food you eat.
    1. Limit your overall intake. Make a weekly goal of # of drinks consumed.
    2. Choose a very light beer instead of the heavy caloric IPAs and Wheat beers.
    3. Keep it clear with something like vodka and seltzer. Use a flavored seltzer and/or lemons, limes or other fruit instead of juice, soda or tonic.
  4. Portion Awareness– measuring out your food can be very helpful in weight loss and maintenance. Try it for at least a few weeks to get an idea of what healthy portions are.
    1. Look at serving sizes on food packages.
    2. Use an inexpensive food scale to weigh foods that don’t come with a label including pieces of meat and fish.
    3. Count out nuts rather than grabbing handfuls. These calories, though a good source of healthy fats, can add up quickly.
  5. Be Prepared. Now that you’ve got an idea of what to eat, making sure you’ve got those healthy foods on hand is imperative for success.
    1. Prep food in bulk and ahead of time as not to get derailed during busy weeks.
    2. Make a one pot meal to save time like THIS or THIS or THIS. 
    3. If you are short on time spend the extra few dollars on pre cut veggies, fruit and portioned out nuts. Otherwise chop them up ahead of time for a quick snack and portion out nuts.

Once you’ve got these 5 steps down, you can dive a little deeper into your healthy eating and see even greater results.

For recipe ideas, follow me on Pinterest. It will save you time and keep you from getting bored 🙂

Live Well.

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