Eating Healthy Never Tasted So Delicious – Until Now!
For many years, people have touted the most famous New Year’s resolution of all – “I’m going to lose weight this year.” We’ve likely all said it, tried it, and very soon afterwards gave it up, because the worst four-letter word in the world is “diet.”
But, while many people think that losing weight and being healthier entails starving themselves, the truth is that if you simply start – and keep – eating healthy, you will likely shed those unneeded pounds and have much more energy as well.
Start with Healthy Home Cooking
In order to start eating healthy, it is necessary to begin at home. The first step is to remove any and all of the unhealthy food items that may be lurking in your refrigerator or cupboards. These include soda – even diet soda – as well as chips, ice cream, and items that are made with white sugar such as white bread and white rice.
Next, replace those items with healthier alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, and other items that bill themselves as low-carb. In doing so, you will be starting on a long term journey to much better eating.
When you make the commitment to eat healthy, you may also find that you eat at restaurants less and cook more at home. This can allow you to consume food that includes only the healthy ingredients that you decide upon. As a side note, eating at home will likely also save you a great deal of money.
How To Eat Healthy At Work
Eating healthy doesn’t have to stop when you leave the house. Although it may take a bit more time to determine the healthier cafeteria options, many work places today provide low-calorie options.
This holds true when you go to restaurants too. Many eating establishments, both large and small – including fast food chains, provide at least a few healthier choices. So, even if you have to eat on the run, you don’t have to forgo meals and snacks altogether.
Avoid the Snack Food Aisle
And speaking of snacks, there are a few things that you will need to avoid on your healthier eating regime – starting with the vast array of candy, chips, cookies, and other tasty features that are found in your grocer’s snack aisles.
Unfortunately, even the chips that advertise “Fat Free” on the bag are still heavily loaded with carbohydrates. The sugars that break down in our bodies from these carbs turn into fat – yielding a similar result as candy and other sugary substances. So, rather than grabbing a bag of chips or snack crackers, some healthier snack alternatives should include items such as nuts, fruit, and even whole grain items – but only in small doses.
Add in Some Exercise
In addition to making healthier eating a habit, it is also beneficial to add in some exercise. For those who haven’t had a workout in years, there’s nothing to fear here because heavy weights and hours on the treadmill are not required.
By taking a regular walk, and even doing more physical movements around the house or at work, you will begin to see an improvement in your waist line, and will also likely have more energy and less fatigue too.
This is because when you exercise, you also increase blood flow – thus delivering more oxygen throughout your body. You need that oxygen to create energy. And, as more and more oxygen is delivered, more energy is actually created. Therefore, even though you may initially think exercise will tire you, it is actually providing more “get up and go.”
In fact, studies have shown that even if you are fatigued and physically inactive for a long period of time, adding just a little bit of exercise to your daily routine will greatly help. In addition, it has also been shown that by exercising, you are also releasing more endorphins to your body. These endorphins tend to provide us with a “feel good” sensation.
The Bottom Line
Learning how to eat healthy, along with adding in the appropriate amount of exercise, can help you to achieve many of the health benefits that you are seeking – and you can do so without having to starve yourself or engage in heavy and vigorous exercise.
By simply understanding how your body reacts to certain foods and movements, you will much more easily be able to include better eating and exercise habits into your daily routine. And, when you start to see the results, it is likely that you will have no trouble continuing on your long-term path to a much more healthy you.