It may just not be practical to spend half of our Sunday preparing carefully portioned meals for the rest of the week, or financially feasible to buy all our meals prepackaged in just the right portions. Here are eight real life healthy eating tips that you can put in practice right now.
- Eating out? Restaurant portions tend to be very big, and if it is on the plate, we tend to eat it. When possible, order from the kid’s menu, where portions are more reasonably sized.
- Keep healthy snacks handy. A bowl of fruit on the kitchen table, a container of celery, carrot sticks in the refrigerator, or a couple of pop-open cans of fruit salad in your desk at work, will help you grab for something healthy when those first hunger pains begin. This way you will be more likely to grab something low-calorie and good for you when is handy.
- Buy a vegetable steamer. Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables. The food retains nearly all of its natural nutrients. Even better, it makes your veggies taste great, which means you will be more likely to eat them more often.
- Never eat standing up. One of the easiest ways to sabotage your healthy eating strategy is to eat without thinking. Treat eating with the respect that it deserves. Fix yourself a plate. Sit down and eat slowly. You will be less likely to just put food into your mouth without paying attention.
- Grab a fruit juice or flavored water instead of soda. Soda is nothing but empty calories. No nutrients, lots of sugar. Instead, grab a bottle of 100% fruit juice, or water flavored with a spritz of fruit.
- Drink water. The FDA recommends at least 8 full (8 ounce) glasses of water a day to keep your body working properly. When you are dieting, working out, or in a hot environment, you should drink even more water. It is not just to have that full feeling; water helps your body digest foods properly and cleans out your system.
- Fuel up your body before you go to the gym. Food is energy and the more energy you have, the more calories you can burn, and the leaner muscle you are going to build. Cannot afford a gym membership? Find a partner to exercise with. Make a date at least three times a week to play any sports, ride a bike, take a walk or spend half an hour doing something active. For exercise ideas please visit my YouTube channel here => Trainer Marcelo Fit Channel
- Skip the potato chips. Fatty snacks fried in hydrogenated oil, like potato chips contribute fat and calories to your body. Instead, grab a handful of dried fruit or a cup of low-fat yogurt for the same amount of calories, and a lot more nutritional benefit.
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