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Healthy Eating Choices
Are you making healthy eating choices in your life? It may sound like a loaded question but it needs to be addressed. So often in our lives we take things for granted without thinking what we are doing and eating healthy is one of them.
Why Making Healthy Eating Choices Is So Hard
Everyday we are bombarded with commercials from radio and television telling us how cool it is to eat at those fast food places (I wont give them any free publicity) and how delicious and inexpensive it is to go there. It has been ingrained in our subconscious over the past 40 years and even though we know the food is not good for us we still give them our business.
You see, we eat without really thinking. We make decisions based on hunger and cravings and not from a pure health standpoint. Healthy eating choices are just not part of our normal daily activities. It takes alot of willpower and nutritional knowledge to make it happen. This is no more apparent as when we go grocery shopping, especially with children. We give in to our whims and make excuses for ourselves with such nonsense as “I work hard so I deserve a treat” or “I can’t afford to eat healthy because everything is so expensive” and our bodies pay the price. Heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, diabetes and cancer is our reward for our excuses.
Where To Start Making Healthy Eating Choices
We have ample opportunities to make the right healthy eating choices and one place we can start is at breakfast.
Making healthy eating choices begins with the first meal of the day. What are you going to eat for breakfast? Will it be a sausage and or bacon filled with saturated fat and nitrites (cancer-causing carcinogenic compounds) or sugar- filled breakfast cereals? Instead, add some fresh fruit, eggs (yes they are good for you and have loads of protein, contain healthy fats and are a nutrient dense food) along with whole grains plus yogurt are healthy eating choices you should be making every morning.
This is where most people get it all wrong. They feel hungry by mid-morning because they didn’t eat a proper nutritious breakfast and end up eating a candy bar or some other sugar-infested product that adds more calories and fat to their waistline. An alternative type of food would be to add some fresh fruit, vegetables,or maybe even some nuts. This way, you avoid the high calories, add vitamins and minerals to your diet and you won’t suffer from the sugar spikes that comes with eating junk food.
Want to make the right healthy eating choices at lunchtime? Add some variety. If you are going to be active for the rest of the day eat foods that will give you extra energy such as whole wheat pasta with some grilled chicken and vegetables but if you are tied to your desk or inactive then try to avoid the carbs and focus on lean beef and leafy green vegetables for an alert memory and a better mood. This can also be true with a small serving of fish (salmon) as well as nutrient packed vegetables.
If you are going to eat a late dinner or if you feel the urge to snack in the afternoon you need to curb those carbohydrate cravings and focus instead on snacks that will get you to dinnertime. These can include raisins, grapes, nuts or yogurt. They are small, easy to digest and keep you full as well as adding fiber and probiotics to your body. These are no-brainer healthy eating choices that can help you to change your diet and concentrate on healthier foods.
As with lunch, we want to include healthy food choices in our diet. This means fish, lean meats and vegetables, a vinaigrette on your salad (store-bought salad dressing is filled with high fructose corn syrup, salt and preservatives) or maybe a piece of grilled chicken and as many 1- ingredient foods as you need.
It has been written that you should eat no more than three hours before you sleep to give your body a chance to digest it’s food before you sleep so you can rest comfotably. This means no heavy foods, calorie-laden or sugar-filled foods and nothing that will take you body long to digest. Your body needs rest and eating before you sleep forces your body to concentrate on digestion instead of rest.
Is It Really Possible to Make Healthy Eating Choices
Yes, it is very possible to make healthy eating choices but you need to train your mind to think of the positives of healthy food and make those foods your favorites. As you start eating healthier foods both you will see mental and phyical changes occur. You will have more confidence in yourself as youstart to lose weight, gain muscle, avoid chronic illness, achieve your ideal weight and have more energy and vitality.
Making healthy eating choices is up to you and if you are up to the task, you will see positive results.