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5 Tips to More Healthy Diet Habits

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5 Tips to More Healthy Diet Habits

Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, ordering takeout and working regularly on coffee overload?

These habits are not helping you be fit or feel great. It’s time to kick them to the curb and start eating right. Here's are some pointers ot help you start eating better:

 

Eat Breakfast

 

There's no better way to start your morning than with a healthy breakfast. It provides your body with the fuel it needs to make energy to keep you focused and active throughout the day. Not only that, but if you are trying to lose weight, fueling your body regularly will help you from possibly making unhealthy decisions later in the day based on hunger-avoid the moving machine and the drive-through!

 

What is best to eat in the am? Include lean protein, whole grains and fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. For example, oatmeal cooked with low-fat milk and sliced almonds and berries or crust-less quiche with mixed veggies, low-fat cheese and a slice of whole-wheat toast.

 

Cut Back on Caffeine

 

Too much caffeine can interfere with sleep, can make you jittery and can cause you to lose energy later in the day. Losing sleep alone is interfering with being fit. Also, skip unwanted calories and sugar by drinking it as plain as possible.

 

Need to wean off? White says to try three things: switch to half decaf or tea, drink plenty of water and eat small, frequent meals to keep up energy.

 

Bring Lunch to Work

 

How do you make bringing lunch to work easy?Set aside a designated time to shop and prep food for the week. Look at it like you do the gym- it’s a little bit of a chore, but it pays off! By stocking up the fridge, you're setting yourself up for success.

 

You can bake chicken, chop veggies, steam rice and cut fruit. Make sure your options include a combination of lean protein and carbohydrates. For example, whole-grain bread with turkey, 1 cup of veggies and a piece of fruit. Or, try a salad with veggies and chicken, a piece of fruit and a 100-calorie cup of low-sodium soup. It doesn't have to be a full meal. You can stock up on small bites for throughout the day to keep you from making unhealthy decisions. Go for fat-free or low-fat yogurt and fruit, whole-wheat crackers and low-fat cheese or hummus.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

This one might seem obvious, but if you try to do this you’ll have less room for the junk. And you’ll start to CRAVE the good stuff! Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture, plus vitamins, minerals and fibers to your plate.

Cook Dinner at Home

Making meals at home doesn't have to zap the last bit of your time and energy. The trick is to plan ahead. If you’ve done the work to prep for the week, weeknight dinners are a piece of cake. And you’ll feel so much better- so will your wallet!

Meal Ideas:

For breakfast eat …

    Berries with low-fat cottage cheese and high fiber cereal

    Whole-wheat English muffin with peanut butter

    Whole grain cereal with low-fat or fat-free milk

    Oatmeal with a side of hard-boiled or scrambled egg

For lunch try …

    Oil-based salad dressing instead of a cream-based dressing

    Salad with as many veggies as possible

    Ordering an appetizer as a meal

    Splitting an entrée or save half for later

For dinner use …

    Pre-cut veggies

    A slow cooker

    Leftovers

    Extra veggies in stir-fry, meatloaf, spaghetti sauce and soup

    Frozen fruit for desserts

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