Have you found yourself on the couch with a bag of chips surfing the latest shows all too frequently? It’s an easy rut to fall into, but it’s just as easy to pull yourself up and head to the kitchen to prepare a healthy meal. The side effects of poor meal choices include lethargy, weight gain, high blood pressure and onset diabetes. The side effects of healthy eating choices include increased energy, weight loss, healthy skin and increased metabolism. You don’t a huge budget or the skills of an executive chef to make healthy eating choices. Follow these recommendations from the healthy eating experts to jump start your healthy eating habits.
The two greatest changes you can make in your meal choices that will have the greatest impact on your health are the elimination of fast food meals and sugary sodas. Our bodies are not designed to process copious amounts of added sugar and sodium. Hyper tension and weight gain are the two biggest side effects of excess sodium and sugar. Begin drinking water flavored with orange, lemon or lime slices. One of the easiest ways to start your new healthy eating lifestyle is to commit to spending a few hour every weekend planning and shopping for your meals and snacks for the week. Load up on fresh vegetables and healthy proteins such as lean meats, fish, poultry and beans. Avoid overly processed foods with ingredients that are either unfamiliar or you cannot pronounce. The goal is to get back to basics and consumes foods as close to possible in their original state. Select fruits and nuts for healthy snacks. Quantity of food choices is just as important as quality. Protein portions should be roughly the size of your fist and vegetable and salad portions should ideally be the size of your open palm.
Finally, stay off the couch and begin practicing mindful eating. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a dining table and chairs from the huge selection available from Design Within Reach. Set the table regardless of whether you’re alone or serving your family. You’ll be much more aware of what you’re eating, the quantities and will find eating to be much more enjoyable when enjoyed at the dinner table. Best of luck to you on your journey towards new and improved healthy eating habits!