Tip #2

Posted On July 11, 2010

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Starting a healthy eating lifestyle

For the beginner it is important to start out slow.  It can be overwhelming !  What to eat, how to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, etc… 

Some simple tips to start out include:

Change your eating habits from 2-3 meals a day to 5-7 small meals.  Eat every 2.5-3 hours.  When we are hungry, that is when we tend to indulge.

Never skip breakfast.

Include protein with every meal.

Choose lean cuts of protein:  Ie: skinless chicken breast, tuna, whey, egg whites, turkey breast, low fat cottage cheese

Choose healthy fats:  ie:  flaxseed oil, olive oil, natural nut butters (almond, peanut, walnut), omega 3 &6 and monounsaturated fats.

Choose complex carbs such as oatmeal, sweet potatoes, whole grains and avoid the “white stuff” (breads, flours, rice, etc)

Switch from complex carbs to fibrous carbs around mid-day. 

Choose whole grains for part of your ingredients.  Use whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and whole cornmeal instead of refined products.

Use simple spices in cooking instead of high calorie ones. There are so many delicious things that can be made by keeping it simple. 

Don’t fry anything!   Or eat anything fried!  Or put fat on your food. Enjoy the food for its natural flavor!

Use non-stick spray. 

Steam your veggies.  Or eat them raw!!

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

I am sure I can think of more suggestions, but these are just a few to get things started!  Make it a challenge and see what changes you can make 🙂

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