2 Simple Ways to Start Eating Healthy (& Look and Feel Better)

Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Chris Bennett

 

The old adage you are what you eat can be scary in a world where health habits are sacrificed for saving time.  Sure the drive-thru may get you to work on time, but at what expense to your health and waistline?  Food habits can be detrimental when not left in check.  It is your body, and your investment. Are you making a daily effort to do what you can to get a positive return?

 

How do your life habits play into this quandary? People get fed up and frustrated very easily with trying to change habits, especially when it comes to eating healthy.  I admit it is hard to change eating habits quickly.  However it’s important to remember that the little things count, and they add up.  A simple change in routine can produce a ripple effect of positive benefits!

 

Where to start?  Breakfast and snacks. 

 

It’s true, breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day for healthy living.  Ideally, it is best to sit down and enjoy breakfast, giving your body the time it needs to process the food into energy before you have to kick things into gear.  If this is your style, you are more disciplined than I.  It would be a tall story if everyone had that kind of time or patience in the morning. Think about this though. Fruits are very good energy boosters, and for the most part can be eaten rather quickly – especially if prepared ahead.  If you are like me and like to eat on the go in return for hitting the snooze button once or twice, diced fruit in a to go container is an great option.  It only takes a few minutes to prepare the night before and the sweetness of fruit’s natural sugar is better tasting than most brand name cereals or drive-thru meals!

 

The important rule of thumb, however, is to never start a day on an empty stomach.  Coffee is NO exception. The caffeine suppresses your appetite and by the time it wears off, your body will be running on fumes. You end up sacrificing concentration and create an ambience of irritability with what we are taught is the morning “pick me up.”

 

Snacks are very useful in healthy eating if taken responsibly.  Continually eating small healthy portions of food throughout the day keeps your metabolism going strong, and more importantly keeps energy levels up.  And just to be clear – candy bars are not snacks (even though I am guilt of munching on them myself!).  Candy bars tastes great, but they are not snacks.  A personalized snack pack should include all things that are fresh and a little less carb conscience than full-blown meals. Vegetables are a great option.  A bag of baby carrots is all you may need to hold you over to dinner. Sliced applies or string cheese are also healthy options and taste great.

 

The bottom line?  If you life is fast, plan ahead. It means just a few extra minutes the evening before, or slowing down for a few minutes at breakfast.  It can be easy to eat healthy simply by focusing on breakfast and snacks.

 

“Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.”

-Franklin Pierce Adams

 

“Talk to your children while they are eating; what you say will stay even after you are gone.”
-American Indian Proverb, Nez Perce

 

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Posted on 17 November, 2008 in Fitness & Health, Making the Day Count
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