How to Start Eating Healthy

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How to Start Eating Healthy

Chances are you have overindulged the last couple of months. Not only have you managed to gain a few extra pounds, but your body is likely responding to the extra calories in a not so positive way. If one of your New Year’s resolutions just happens to be modifying your lifestyle to include healthy eating, then you have come to the right place. Here’s how to start eating healthy for the New Year.

How to Start Eating Healthy

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Fresh fruit and vegetables are better for you than canned products. Try to leave the skins on the fruits and vegetables as this will provide your body with needed fiber. Always remember to wash your fruit and vegetables in a vinegar and water wash. Use a soft bristle clean toothbrush or nail brush to remove any embedded dirt or toxins. Buy organic when you can.

Increase Your Starch Intake

Plan on eating more starch-based foods. Rice, pasta, potatoes, and whole grains will help to fill you up and keep you slim. They contain fewer calories than foods that are laden or cooked in fats or oils. They also contain important minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. I know we have been told carbs are our enemy but when eaten in moderation they can be helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. I do however suggest eating starch with your breakfast or lunch (helps curb that afternoon binge eating).

Eat More Fish

Cut down on the amount of red meat that you eat and incorporate fresh, canned or frozen oily fish into your diet. Sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel make good choices. They are a natural source of Vitamin D, which is important for bone health. Tuna is also an oily fish but should not be eaten on a regular basis because of its high mercury levels. I love fish plain with some dried herbs or over a bed of crisp Romaine.

Increase Your Water Intake

Cut back on the amount of sugary drinks in your diet and incorporate more water instead. Water helps to remove toxins from the body and promotes better skin health. If you do not like your water plain add a couple of slices of freshly sliced fruit and let it sit for a while before drinking it (cucumber and mint are my favorites).

Do Not Skip Breakfast

No matter what, do not skip having breakfast each morning. Your body has already processed the food you had last night for dinner. Having a healthy breakfast will give your body the much needed calories that it needs to get your brain and body moving at a reasonable pace.

Following the above tips for eating healthier in the New Year will help you to lose those extra unwanted pounds and increase your energy levels. You could also start an exercise regime to burn off some of that unwanted fat too. Good Luck and keep us posted about how healthy eating is going!!

 

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Andrea is a devoted wife & mother of two sensational kids. Along with her two legged family she is also the surrogate mother of two very neurotic dogs and two exceptionally laid back cats. She holds a B.S. in Natural Health Sciences and is a certified Aromatherapist. Most of her days are spent homeschooling, blogging, cooking healthy food, & gardening in the foothills of Western North Carolina. She is an avid deal finder and health food junkie, and does not feel that we need to sacrifice quality when we make the conscience decision to live a healthy frugal lifestyle.
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    Thanks for the tips Andrea! I’m always thankful when I read about adding pasta and potatoes back in my diet! My biggest trouble area is salty food. I can’t find anything to meet that craving. Maybe if I starved the addiction, it would go away. I know people say crunchy things will work. But I just can’t see a carrot or fennel as a sub for a potato chip.

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