It requires a lot of work and constant attention to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of eating foods that are good for us are not always easy to see or feel but maintaining a healthy lifestyle gives us a longer and healthier life. These 13 tips for eating healthier will save not only on the waistline but on the food budget as well.
13 Tips for Eating Healthier
- Do cook and eat at home more often. Skip the huge portions and industrialized food service food. Make a plan and eat healthier at home.
- Do eat more beans. Soak them, cook them, spice them, and toss them in with everything you eat.
- Do eat more foods with whole grains. Look for ingredients made with wheat that begins with “whole wheat.” Transition away from white flour by using Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour for baking cookies and cakes.
- Do eat brown rice and other ancient grains that are good for you. A pressure cooker makes brown rice in 20 minutes compared to 45-50 minutes on the stove top.
- Do eat more vegetables. Eat more dark green, leafy vegetables. Kale, chard, spinach, collard – they’re all so good for us! Chop and sauté with olive oil, onion, and garlic.
- Do grow your own vegetables. Swiss chard and rainbow chard are easy to grow from seed and you can start them directly into the soil (direct sow).
- Do skip food trends. While the latest marketing campaigns for acai or pomegranates do a great job of promoting their healthiness, there are plenty of vitamins and omega 3s in other less expensive fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t buy foods with preservatives. Bake your own cookies, granola bars and other snacks and skip the small packaged items.
- Don’t drink soda. Go for a brisk walk to wake up or take a nap. Drink water instead.
- Do read food labels. Know what you’re putting into your body.
- Don’t buy foods made with chemicals. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients or you don’t keep them in your kitchen pantry, they’re most likely not good for you.
- Don’t buy processed foods. Limit foods you purchase that come in a box and keep in mind that even organic or non-gmo foods can be “processed.”
- Do enjoy a treat. While it’s good to be careful about what you eat, it’s nice to have a treat like ice cream or dark chocolate – just keep the serving size small.
Is it just me or does it feel “maintaining” gets harder every year?