>Who doesn’t love to eat? If you want to be healthy, eating by itself, isn’t the problem. Knowing how to eat right is the tricky part. At a McDonald’s blogger meet up, I listened to Monica Montes, a registered dietitian, share important information on how to sustain a healthy eating lifestyle. Her tips are easy to remember and can make a positive difference in one’s quality of life.
Five Simple Tips To Eat Right
1. Read Food Labels. A lot of important information has been carefully selected to educate consumers on what is in their food and how that food will best benefit them. What a shame to let all those good facts go to waste. Be sure to especially check serving size and calories to avoid overeating. And if the ingredients are more than a few lines, filled with words you have no idea how to pronounce, it is a pretty good bet that it isn’t the best quality of food for you to eat.
>2. Eat Throughout the Day. Bodies for today are designed to eat smaller portions throughout the day. Strive for three, 600 calorie or less meals and two, 100 calorie snacks.
3. Think of food as fuel, not recreation. Eating should be a serious business. Plan for each bite that you are going to take throughout the day. Don’t eat haphazardly. Keep a food journal to help you track what exactly you are eating. Make adjustments as necessary. No plan equals unhealthy eating.
4. Control Carbs. Carbohydrates – the foods that supply energy – come in three forms: grains, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products. Eat the most from fruits and vegetables which guard and protect you by supplying anti-oxidants, the stuff that gets pollutants out of your system. Sugar is also a carb. Limit yourself to no more than 5 grams of sugar per portion.
5. Protein Perks. Have some protein at every meal to insure that all your cells are being built and repaired. Best sources? beans, soy, whey and nuts. Eat less of chicken, fish, meat, pork, eggs and cheese.
The hardest one for me to follow is number 4. I love carbs way too much. NOt so much fruits and vegetables, but the grains and dairy products — especially cheese. They taste good, are easy to grab, and are so satisfying. I just need to remember moderation AND the natural cleansing that fruits and vegetables give.
Eat right to stay healthy. It is really simple to do if you follow these tips.
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