Eat Healthier This Year
Many of us have a habit of starting the new year with a vow to eat healthier. However, with our busy lifestyles, we can quickly disregard this pledge as we get swept up with our daily schedules. However, the effort to eat healthier doesn’t have to be daunting.
According to Let’sMove.gov, making small changes in a handful of key areas can create real results:
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fresh, frozen and canned varieties all count. Snack on fruit or carrot sticks, and mix vegetables into dishes. You could add peas and carrots to rice or tomatoes and cucumbers to a sandwich.
Reduce fat and sugar. Switch to low or non-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, and choose lean cuts of meat such as skinless chicken or extra lean ground beef. Try baking or grilling instead of frying, and substitute olive or vegetable oil for butter. Swap sodas and sweetened beverages for water or low-fat milk, and in general, try to drink less soda and sugar-sweetened drinks. Even switching to lower sugar breakfast cereals and replacing desserts like ice cream and cake with fruit-based desserts can all help.
Rethink your snacks. Reduce the number of snacks consumed each day. Leave a bowl of fruit or carrot sticks out where you can see it. Drink water with snacks and save treats for special occasions.
Portion size. Cut back portion sizes and serve food on smaller plates. Start with a small portion and only have seconds if you’re still hungry.
Eat together as a family. Slow down to enjoy meals and time together.
Just a few small changes can create noteworthy results. Which changes will you try this week?
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Source: LetsMove.gov. “Healthy Families.” Retrieved Jan. 11, 2012, from http://www.letsmove.gov/healthy-families.