The key to eating healthy is not about short- term diets or quick fixes. It is about a lifestyle. It is about making healthy choices consistently and changing unhealthy habits. Small changes are more manageable. Making one small change at a time can become a habit and make a big difference in maintaining overall healthy eating patterns.
Here are some healthy habits:
- Eat 3 meals and 2 -3 snacks per day spaced throughout the day.
- Eat balanced meals of a complex carbohydrate, low fat protein, along with a fruit or vegetable.
- Include a fruit or vegetable with your snack.
- Drink water -Try adding one glass per day each week until you reach your optimum water requirements.
- Eat correct portion sizes.
- Eat healthy fats.
- Eat whole foods and avoid or minimize processed foods.
- Pack food to take with you if you are on the go to avoid making unhealthy choices.
- Plan your meals ahead of time.
- Cut back on sugar in drinks.
- Watch for extra calories in dressings, cheese, sauces, and condiments.
Treat yourself occasionally to avoid binging or feeling deprived. Try following one new tip from above at a time until it becomes a habit. Then add in another one. See if you notice changes in your energy levels and body composition. If you are still having trouble, speak to a Y.E.S fitness professional to develop an individualized plan for yourself. Make yourself and your health a priority!