10 Tips To Healthy Eating

woman eating an appleThese 10 tips to healthy eating will get you on the right path, and you’ll be making healthier eating choices by your next meal.

If asked about your eating habits, would you call yourself a healthy eater?

Would you say you make an effort to make healthy eating choices or are you completely in the dark on the topic?

Don’t Try to Eat Your Way through Tragedy

In the face of tragedy – major or minor- many people find themselves seeking comfort in their favorite foods.

Those foods aren’t often vegetables.

Emotional eating leads to weight gain and other health risks, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Deal with the issues that are affecting you, as opposed to hiding behind a tub of ice cream.

Your problem will worsen and so will your health if you continue to ignore it.

Eat only when your body requests that you do so.

Don’t Skip Meals

Another cause of overeating is skipping out on meals.

This throws your body off and causes it to go into a sort of overly-hungry frenzy.

You will end up making up for the missed meal by eating more at the next.

This is one of the most important of the 10 tips to healthy eating.

Have Water

Drink water half an hour before a meal meal.

It is an essential part of your daily diet, and drinking it half an hour before meals will help you to achieve fullness faster and avoid overeating.

Have a Snack Attack

Sometimes you’ll feel hungry, but it isn’t quite time for your next meal.

Tame your grumbling tummy with healthy snacks like trail mix, granola and yogurt, or cheese sticks.

Practice Good Portion Control

Do you know how much of each food you should be eating at each meal?

You can refer to the Food Guide Pyramid for details on food portioning, but generally, cutting the amounts of what you would normally put on your plate in half and asking the waiter to do the same when you are dining out will suffice and prevent overeating.

Stock Up on Healthy Stuff

Even with most restaurants now offering healthier menu options, your own kitchen is the best spot to dine.

Stock up on healthy food items by making simple switches like white bread to wheat bread, white rice to brown, and whole grain pastas and cereals.

Keeping beans, canned fish, and dark chocolate and 100 calorie pre-portioned packages for the sweet tooth around are a good idea.

Read Food Labels

Everyone who consumes food ought to become an avid reader of food labels.

It is of great importance to your health.

Become familiar with the different names for food ingredients and know which ones to avoid.

Additionally, read between the lines when it comes to labels.

“Free”, as in fat or calorie or sugar free, does not necessarily mean the product has no trace of the ingredient.

It may contain a smaller amount.

“Made with” does not mean the product contains large amounts of the healthy ingredient being advertised.

Fruit drinks are not the same as 100% fruit drinks; always check for the 100% mark on the side of the carton.

Be sure to compare the serving size to the noted calories per serving.

Although food labels can be misleading, the biggest problem is that consumers don’t take the time to read them in the first place.

You can learn more about reading food labels for the benefit of your eating by visiting the FDA website.

Healthy eating doesn’t occur overnight, it takes a conscious effort.

Apply these 10 tips to healthy eating and you’ll be headed in the right direction.

10 Tips To Healthy Eating Quote

He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.

Arabian Proverb

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