Living Healthy: Myth vs. Reality
Make just a few simple changes to eat healthier
It’s hard to eat healthy. It takes too much time and doesn’t taste good.
A few simple changes can make a big difference in your diet.
- Start your day off with breakfast.
- Slow down when you eat.
- You may notice that you enjoy your food more.
- It takes a while for your stomach to recognize that it’s full. Slowing down will give you time to realize you’re full before you overeat.
- Stock your fridge with fruits and veggies.
- Snack on these instead of chips and crackers.
- Take time on the weekend to clean and cut them so they’re ready to grab and go on busy weekdays.
- Opt for low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
- Switch to whole grain bread and pasta.
- Choose lean meats.
- Bake or grill them instead of frying.
- Remove the skin from chicken or turkey.
- Opt for fresh meats instead of processed meats like lunchmeat and hot dogs.
- Challenge yourself to find healthy recipes.
- Get creative with different combinations of foods and spices.
- Stash your junk food in hard to reach places, like a high cupboard or top shelf of a pantry. When these foods are out of sight and less accessible, you’re less likely to indulge.
- Instead of cutting out your favorite foods, limit how much you eat. Rather than eating half a pizza, stop after just one or two slices.
- Avoid eating from large containers. Place one serving in a bowl and put the container away. This can help you keep tabs on your portions.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat only when you’re hungry.
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