How to Start a Healthy and Nutritious Eating Plan
We all need to eat healthy in order to maintain proper bodily functions, to give us energy and to help protect us against disease.
If you are one of those people that have trouble eating healthy, the hardest part is going to be breaking your unhealthy habits, actually living a healthier lifestyle is easy.
The first thing you need to do when you are on the road to a healthy eating plan is get rid of everything bad that is in your cupboards.
So what are these bad foods? Have a look in your cupboards and fridge and throw out anything that is processed! These include things like soda, cookies and packaged foods as these have hardly any nutrients in them.
If it is not in your cupboards staring you in the face then you cannot eat or drink them!
Fill your kitchen with healthy hearty snacks like fruit, vegetables, yoghurt, whole wheat crackers and rice cakes etc.
If you have a sweet tooth, buy some nutrition bars as these have less sugar than your usual cookies and candy bars.
Lean proteins and healthy carb sides such as whole grain starches and vegetables are all great examples of healthy meals you should eat.
Fruit is a great thing to eat for dessert. If you want to stick to a healthy eating plan, you should be eating the recommended daily allowances from all of the food groups.
You should take the time to understand the different nutrients that are in foods as this will help you learn what foods you should be eating.
Everyone knows that fruits, vegetables, low-fat and skimmed dairy products are healthy, but why are they healthy? When you know the reasons why they are good for you, you are more likely to eat these when it comes to meal times.
Cook At Home
If you cook at home you are in charge of what ingredients you use and how you cook them. You are more in control of you and your family’s health that way.
If you are always in a rush it is likely that you are not eating healthy. Planning and preparation is the key to eating a healthy diet.
Fast foods or junk foods are typical when you lead busy lives, so if you plan ahead you can make sure you always have something healthy to eat.
Use your weekends to plan the week ahead and buy the ingredients so you can take a healthy bagged lunch to work like a tuna salad, or a sandwich on whole wheat bread.
Remember that there is nothing wrong with cooking big batches of food and freezing them so that you have a handy healthy meal at ease.
If you struggle with cooking, have a look in the freezer section of your local supermarket for healthy frozen meals (but be sure to check the labels for the amount of sugar that is used as some healthy frozen meals can be deceiving.)
Shop Around the Outside of the Market
Almost every supermarket will put all of the healthy foods at the outer parts of their store.
You will notice that the inside aisles are the ones that are full of unhealthy and processed foods. So next time you go shopping, don’t head straight for the aisles, take a slow look round the outer edges and see what they have to offer.
It is important to start with small steps don’t cut out everything bad straight away or it will not last.
Build it up gradually. Start by swapping a glass of soda for a glass of water… or a candy bar for a banana.
Swap your lunch time fast food for a healthy substitute. Small steps means it won’t be so much of a shock and you are more likely to stick to it.