Having a hard time figuring out what is the “right” way to eat? Carbs – to eat or not to eat? Fat – healthy fats, trans fats, no fats? Organic as the only way to go or can you buy your veggies at Costco without feeling badly? Is tuna good or bad this week? Stevia, Nutrasweet, Splenda or honey? It really is enough to drive your crazy and settle down with a bag of artificially neon-colored Cheetos!
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Here are a few tips to help you have a healthier diet.
1. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. No matter if they are fresh, frozen or canned – get at least 5-7 servings per day.
2. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Water is good for you, plain and simple so drink it cold, room temp or warm with a squeeze of lemon. Just drink it.
3. Beware of fake foods. If you read a nutritional label for a reduced fat peanut butter, for example, the ingredient list is long. If you buy a jar of natural peanut butter there should be just two: peanuts and salt. The key is moderation.
4. Beans, beans, the magical fruit. High in fiber and protein and low in calories, beans are a wonderful addition to soups, stews and salads. Get creative, find the ones you like and, um, let er rip.
5. Think nourishment. Eating is enjoyable and a lovely experience. Learning to nourish your body with foods that make you perform well and make you feel good takes some time, but the rewards are worth it.
Now go run!