5 Quick Tips to Get You Started

Posted by Sarah Cox on Monday, April 28, 2014 Under: nutrition

Do you wonder what to do and what not to do when it comes to eating healthily?

Do you know where to start?  It can be a minefield with all the information that is out there particularly when so much of it is conflicting. How do you know which information is correct? My aim is to give you completely truthful and trustworthy information so you know what healthy eating really is and what you need to be eating and avoiding.

Healthy eating is a way of balancing the food you eat to keep your body in great health. With healthy eating, you'll have energy all day, get the vitamins and minerals you need, stay strong for activities you enjoy, and maintain a healthy weight.

Below, you'll find 5 quick tips designed to help you get started with healthy eating.

1. Don't skip meals, do eat regularly 
Eating 3 meals with snacks in between is the ideal way to maintain both energy and a healthy weight.  You really shouldn't skip meals and get really hungry, because you're more than likely to choose foods that aren't very good for you.  If you are away from home, take healthy food with you or know where you can buy healthy food from.

2. Don't deep fry food and add salt to everything, do learn other ways to prepare foods
Instead of deep frying or microwaving, try grilling, stir frying, baking, and boiling. You should also try fresh or even dried herbs and spices to add flavor to your food rather than adding salt because there is generally enough salt in our diet without needing to add any. 

3. Don't have too much sugar, do reduce your sugar intake in drinks
Drinks that contain sugar are a major source of empty energy. What this means, is that the drinks contain a lot of energy that your body may not need, and it doesn't contain any vitamins or minerals. It is best to avoid sugary drinks, but if you do plan to drink them, limit yourself to 1 a day.  Also if you add sugar to hot drinks currently, try to reduce the amount you add slowly so you get used to having less and eventually reduce it to zero, if you can't cope with the taste of having none straight away.  

4. Don't think about diets, do think about the quality of food you are eating
There are foods that are good for you and foods that are less good for you but all food can be a part of a healthy diet, when eaten in moderation. You don't need to buy any low carb, fat free, or even diet foods, as these foods normally have lots of other added unhealthy ingredients to replace the carbohydrates or fat that have been removed.

5.  Don't eat processed food; do eat fresh, natural foods
If you cut out all processed foods, pre-made meals as well as anything high in fat and sugar and instead buy fresh, natural foods and create a meal from scratch, this will make a huge difference both to how healthy you are and to your weight. 

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