Eating healthy can be hard for some people. We have grown use to large portions and extra calories, but there are many ways to help change how we eat and help us to lose the extra weight.
Measure Your Food
This is one way I was able to control what I ate after being diagnosed with diabetes. I measured everything! When you measure you truly see what a serving size is. When doing this you want to look at the nutrition label and make sure you look at the serving size, the calories, and if your trying to watch carbs or salt look at those. Some foods you will find you can have more then one serving, others you may only want half!
Watch Your Fruits
An apple is healthy, but with how big our servings are, you are usually getting more apple then you think. Larger fruits seem like a great deal, but they also have a lot of sugar in them so making sure you are limiting your sugar intake other places will let you eat that large fruit. Of course a way around this is to buy smaller fruit.
Follow the new Government My Plate Program
The US government has released a new site and symbol for nutrition called MyPlate. Personally I like it because it’s simple and doesn’t show you how much to eat, but what to eat instead. Combine this with measuring your food and you will find that eating healthy is easier then you thought.
The new government guidelines include:
- Balance Calories
• Enjoy your food, but eat less.
• Avoid over sized portions.
- Foods to Increase
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
• Make at least half your grains whole grains
- Foods to Reduce
• Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.
• Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
How have you changed your eating habits to create a healthier lifestyle? Share your tips with us.
The easiest diet is, you know, eat vegetables, eat fresh food. Just a really sensible healthy diet like you read about all the time. ~ Drew Carey