Making Sure you Eat Healthily

Every year people promise to themselves that this is the year I will make sure that I watch what I eat and eat more healthily. Doing so will give me extra energy, make sure I stay healthy and also will help me lose weight. Well a couple days later they completely forget about their plan and they are back to the way they were before pigging out on junk food. I myself would fall under this same category as it is extremely difficult for me to eat healthily. When you’re out and about and have a busy and hectic schedule you usually don’t have the time to make sure you eat the proper things so you end up eating fast food which is not good for you. When trying to eat more healthily I’ve learned that these things are important to do.Simplify you diet plan in the beginning. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety and freshness—then it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.

Try to eat in smaller portions. Serving sizes have ballooned recently, particularly in restaurants. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entrée, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything. At home, use smaller plates, think about serving sizes in realistic terms and start small.  Visual cues can help with portion sizes—your serving of meat, fish or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards. A teaspoon of oil or salad dressing is about the size of a matchbook and your slice of bread should be the size of a CD case.

Make sure to start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart.  Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking.  As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

Doing these things will help make sure that you begin to eat more healthily.


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