IMPLEMENTING THE BASICS
- Choose whole, healthy foods. Whole foods are foods that are found in their original state, for example green leafy vegetables, chicken, eggs, almonds, berries, broccoli, cauliflower and so on.
- Don’t skip meals. When you skip a meal, your body goes into “survival” mode, slowing your metabolism and storing excess food or glucose as fat. Instead, consider a healthy snack like a hard boiled egg, or a handful of almonds to reduce hunger and provide needed nutrients.
- Choosing water over sugar-sweetened beverages can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. Side note: Do not be fooled into thinking that a diet soda is okay, the body mimics the insulin response, caused by the sweetness that cause the blood sugar to spike.
- Focus on finding a balance between hungry and full. If you are following point one (Don't skip meals) over-eating is less likely to happen. Stop eating when you are no longer hungry, not when you are full. To help, try decreasing portion size by using a child-size plate.
- Don’t make the mistake of trying to change everything overnight. Decrease or replace one unhealthy food item at a time. For example, if you like chips, switch to baked or a healthier version like root veggie chips, or better yet make your own sweet potato fries.
- For a simpler approach to making healthy choices, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Eat the rainbow and try new tasty and healthy recipes. Join our free Facebook group where I post new healthy recipes every Wednesday!
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Blessings in Health
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