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Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits

Published 05 November 15 02:32 PM

Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits

Eating healthy is never easy, especially when you work in the healthcare industry. But it’s never too late to change unhealthy eating habits for the better.

Adding healthy snacks and meals to your everyday diet can give you a boost of energy, help you lose weight and improve your mood. Transform your eating habits with these 10 healthy eating tips!

1. Eat breakfast – You know the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Well, people say this for a reason. Eating breakfast everyday, and by this we mean a healthy breakfast, can lead to healthier food choices all day long. Also, a healthy, well-balanced breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, therefore decreasing overeating and providing energy for daily activities. So, put down that cronut, as tempting as it may be, and pick up a healthy breakfast option instead!

2. Portion control – This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to keep an eye on your portion sizes. Sure, you can eat all the veggies you may want, but for high-calorie foods, you should be more careful. Always read food labels to check the serving sizes and research the best portion sizes for different types of food. You can also use a portion control printout or plate for reference. 

3. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks for work – Prepare a healthy lunch and snacks the night before, and just grab your lunch bag before leaving the next morning. You’ll avoid the temptation of the vending machines and have more control over what you eat throughout the day.

4. Fill your fridge with healthy foods – Don’t even give yourself the option of eating unhealthy snacks. Instead, stock up on more fruit, low-fat dairy products, vegetables and whole-grain foods at home and at work. Rather than just eliminating unhealthy foods from your diet, also add healthier foods to help keep you full and satisfied.

5. Eat your snacks on a plate instead of from the package – By actually taking the time to place a snack on a plate, you’re allowing yourself to savor what you’re eating. You’ll also have more control over how much you’re eating. Put a reasonable portion on a plate, and then put the box away and forget it exists.

6. Control your environment – If you find yourself constantly snacking, then don’t buy the snacks to begin with. You may miss your favorite foods, but you’ll no longer be tempted.

7. Prepack portions – Rather than storing big boxes in the pantry, count out 100 calories’ worth of chips or pretzels and store each portion in a plastic bag or container. This will make it easier to just grab the right portion, throw it in your tote and go. 

8. Drink healthy beverages – When it comes to healthy eating, you can’t forget the important role healthy drinks play. Steer clear of soda, iced tea and other sugary beverages, and stick to plain old water. Aim for at least 6 to 8 12-ounce glasses of water a day, though this amount depends on your diet and fitness regimen. Stay hydrated all day long by keeping a water bottle close by or by tricking yourself into drinking more.

9. Eat favorite foods – carefully – By avoiding favorite foods completely, you’re only setting yourself up for failure. It’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while, as long as you control the portion size.

10. Prepare dinner at home – Instead of going out to eat all the time, prepare a home-cooked dinner. Cooking at home allows you to control serving sizes and the ingredients. Plus, it brings the whole family together for a nice dinner!

How do you stay healthy? Let us know your tips! 

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