I was speaking with a friend the other day about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. She said she wanted to but just “didn’t have the time” and that she “didn’t know where to begin”. I hear both of these reasons all the time as to why people don’t lead a healthier lifestyle.
Let me tell you, you do have the time, because eating and living healthy doesn’t actually take up too much more time or money, and it honestly is a worthwhile investment. When you start eating all natural and clean, the way you’ll feel will be all the motivation you need to keep it up.
And it begins, at the grocery store. If you only buy healthy food, you’ll only eat healthy food. So the beginning is really learning what’s in your food and how to shop for the healthiest stuff.
Next is learning how to cook healthy delicious meals. And I will be sharing plenty of recipes to help you out with that as well.
So, without further ado, here are some quick tips to get you started:
Healthy Eating: Beginner Tips:
- Stop using so much salt. You don’t need it. There are so many other spices you can use to flavor you food, you don’t need salt.
- Drink water, lots of it.
- Don’t use white refined sugar. And definitely don’t use Splenda or any other artificial sweeteners. If you must use sugar, there are natural raw sugars you can buy. But when baking, there are many natural ways you can sweeten, such as 100% maple syrup or honey.
- Don’t be afraid of fats. Fats are good. They are essential. But you need the right kinds of fats and in moderation. (avocado, nuts, coconut oil)
- Eat less meat. You can still eat meat but eat less. You should have a minimum of one day a week where you don’t have any meat at all. And when you are making meals, make sure veggies are more plentiful on your plate than meat is.
- If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. And I don’t mean the name of the food, I mean the ingredients.
- Read the labels. Okay, so this does take a little bit longer but only at first. Once you get in the habit of buying certain products, you’ll only need to read labels when you’re trying something new. Read the ingredients; try to find products with the most natural ingredients.
- Opt for organic. You can find things that say they’re “natural” but in the U.S., the word “natural” has no regulated definition. When you see “organic” on the label, you know that food was made with a set of farming and production practices defined and regulated, in great detail, by the USDA.
- Shop at farmers markets. (Or other mom and pop fruit and veggie stores) You’ll be amazed at how cheap their produce is. I literally laughed out loud the first two times I went to one when I saw all the stuff I got for only 4 dollars and some change.
- Eat a few small meals a day instead of 3 big meals. This keeps your metabolism going and helps so you don’t feel hungry.
- Look out for GMOs (Genetically modified organisms). The most common ingredients that are genetically modified are corn and soy, so try to avoid products with those ingredients.
- Most importantly, do your research. Learn the truth about what’s in your food (really). Once you do, I think you’ll be surprised that we’re even allowed to eat most of it.
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