10 Tips to Healthy Eating
by Stephanie Nickel
When I was training at the gym, one of my clients (a lady a little older than myself) asked why eating vegetables was important. That question made me realize just how much people don’t understand about healthy eating.
Let me say from the get-go that I am not religious about this issue. I admit I love cheesecake and caramel macchiatos (and lots of other not-good-for-me foods). That said, there are still some things most of us can do to eat better.
Personally, I am more concerned about attaining—and maintaining—a healthy weight and body fat percentage. I am not interested in fitting into a Size 6 (getting back into a 9/10 would be fine by me, though). While I would love to have defined muscles, it is much more difficult for women to do so (and we do need a higher body fat percentage than men).
Please note that if you have a specific goal or eating restrictions, these tips may not be right for you.
1. I will not stop drinking my calories, but I will cut back, add more water and non-caffeinated herbal teas. (I did pretty much eliminate pop some time ago and don’t miss it.)
2. I will not stop eating processed food, but again, I will cut back. Not only is it healthier to prepare food from scratch, I get a definite sense of satisfaction from doing so.
3. As certain fruits and veggies come into season, I will buy and consume more of them. I love the smell of freshly cut produce. We have a farmers’ market in town. I really should start shopping there on Saturday mornings when it opens.
4. I have begun to walk past the baked goods and bread products more often, but I will treat myself from time to time.
5. As much as I enjoy the taste of charbroiled meats, there have been warnings out there about eating them for some time. We, therefore, have a gas barbeque.
6. There is the misconception that healthy foods don’t taste as good as unhealthy ones. I find this simply isn’t true. Plus, eating healthy foods not only has the benefit of being better for me it gives me a psychological lift, knowing I’ve made a good choice.
7. And if you like to eat, like I do, you can consume more fresh whole food without feeling as weighed down. (But don’t be fooled, you can overeat healthy foods as well.)
8. I still remember my mom’s deep fried salmon fritters (and the apple ones too). I remember her fried chicken and homemade French fries as well. As much as I wouldn’t mind sitting down to a treat like that again, we don’t own a deep fryer. (I have been wondering about purchasing a fryer that uses very little fat, but I’d like to hear what those who own them think of it before I do.)
9. I have a tendency to try new recipes in spurts and starts. It’s when I slip back into the same old/same old habit that I grab what’s easiest. I would like to try two to three new recipes each week and prep a shopping list for a week at a time. If the ingredients are in the house and I know ahead of time what I plan to prepare, I’m less likely to continue in my not-so-great routine.
10. One thing I have curtailed is eating for the sake of eating. It is so easy to plop in front of the TV with a snack even when I’m not hungry. I feel good about not doing that so often anymore.
How about you? What will you do this week to improve your eating habits?
You can consume more fresh whole food without feeling as weighed down. (tweet this)
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Steph Beth Nickel is an author, a freelance editor and writer, a labour doula, and a former personal trainer. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter, on her website or blog..