Here are just a few quick tips and reminders to help keep you on track.
1) 10 In 1 Rule
Check the nutrition label and strive for 10 grams of carbs for every 1 gram of fiber. This ratio is a clue that what you’re looking at is a whole and unprocessed grain.
2) Rotate Your Greens
Variety in your diet is good for you and keeps things interesting. Instead of just romaine in your salads, try arugula, watercress, Swiss chard, kale, and beet greens. They’re all nutritious in different ways and all have distinctly different flavors.
3) Stock Up On Good Stuff
Try and keep a range of healthy options ready to go at all times in your house. Use those ingredients in different combos to redefine salad. Add protein (salmon, chicken, hard boiled egg) to some greens and other vegetables, throw in some nuts, and dress with olive oil. Eating healthy doesn’t require a complicated recipe. This works great for leftovers too.
4) Make Your Goals Action-Oriented
Don’t focus on “losing 20 pounds”. Instead, focus on goals like “walk for 30 minutes, 4 times a week” or “go to Zumba on Wednesdays”. The accomplishments of these smaller goals will help drive you to the ultimate end goal and also establish healthy habits.
5) Eat Your Fruit, Don’t Drink It
Most fruit juices are filled with things you don’t need and can spike blood sugar levels and lead you down a road toward insulin-resistance. While juice is a better choice than a soft drink, you don’t get the benefits of the fiber you would have if you’d eaten it instead. The less processing of your food, the better.
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