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Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits
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
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
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!