Going on a healthy diet will give you lots of energy and it will keep your brain sharp, your muscles active, and your bones and heart strong.
It involves commitment to eating a variety of foods from the basic food groups of fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and meats.
The key is balance and moderation and also to reduce the amount of foods that are known to cause serious health issues.
When starting out on your journey to eating healthy, you want to record everything that you eat for the first few weeks.
You want to keep track of what foods you eat and how much you eat. The key is to determine how many servings of each food groups you eat so that you can make the necessary adjustments.
Once you have done that, here are some tips to help you succeed in having a healthy diet.
1. Start small
Dont do too many changes to your diet at once.
If you over do it in the beginning, you might miss the foods that you enjoyed the change in your diet and give up.
What you want to do is to start slowly and gradually make changes. Here are some examples:
– Use whole wheat bread instead of white bread for your sandwiches
– When you have milk, drink skim milk or low fat milk instead of whole milk.
– If you eat white rice, mix it with brown rice
– Eat low-fat yogurt or cheeses
– Load your sandwiches with vegetables like tomato, lettuce and cucumbers
– Eat fruits like bananas or apples for snacks instead of candy bars
Also, you dont have to completely give up your favorite foods if it happens to be high in fat, sugar or salt.
You can eat smaller portions of it while at the same time eat a wide variety of other healthier foods.
2. Make it easy to eat healthy
One of the challenges of eating healthy is the amount of work that you have to do to make it.
Thats why it is so much easier to buy frozen dinners or go to a fast food restaurant.
But there are ways for you to eat healthy without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
For example, there are many supermarkets that carry pre-washed and ready to eat fruits and vegetables.
You can easily find pre-washed baby carrots or fresh fruit bowls in the fruit and vegetable section.
You can also have 100% fruit juice or vegetable juice instead of soda, however be sure to limit your amount to about six ounces a day.
3. Make smart choices when you eat out
Because of many people today are concerned about serious health issues like heart disease and obesity, many restaurants and fast food places are making efforts to provide healthier choices.
So when you go out to eat, be sure that you find a place that offers healthy alternatives.
When you decide on what to eat, see if they offer grilled or broiled options instead of fried or try a vegetarian dish.
Also, see if you can order small size or mini size. If they dont offer it, just eat half of your meal and take the rest home.
Just following these three tips will help you to stick to a healthy diet. You will find that it is not a challenge at all and you will start to feel happier and more energetic.
Remember to start small and start slowly and you will succeed.