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A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

If you are not eating a healthy diet, it may feel impossible to start such a plan. However, healthy eating, and some exercise, are necessary for maintaining good bodily function and go a long way towards living a disease-free life. Healthy eating can be a struggle, and breaking unhealthy habits can be the most challenging part of the process. If you genuinely want to live the best lifestyle possible, you can! Just follow small steps to start eating a healthier diet.

Rid your home of temptations

When you want to start eating your way to a healthy lifestyle, a first step is to rid your home of all temptations that will distract you. Keep junk foods and beverages out of your house to not be tempted to snack on them during the day. If you're worried about getting hungry, keep healthy snacks like carrot sticks, yogurt, fresh fruit, or whole-wheat crackers on hand. If you cannot toss out the sweets, try keeping something tiny on hand, like peppermints. Eating a few (emphasis on few) of these won't ruin your diet but will give you that little sugary fix you crave.

Think Healthily

Another significant step to healthy eating is to take a few moments to learn what foods are the most beneficial for you and how they work within the body. To start eating healthily, we must begin by thinking healthily. Most people understand that fruits, vegetables, low-fat meats, and dairy products are good for you, but few understand why. The key is learning about nutrients. When you know how specific nutrients work and why you need them, it becomes easier to make healthier choices for your body. Knowledge really is power!

Meal Planning is the Key

Preparation is the primary key in starting a new healthy eating plan. You must take into consideration your schedule for meals. If you often eat in a hurry at odd times of day, you are probably more inclined to grab a quick meal, which will probably do more harm than good. So plan ahead! Instead of grabbing a fast-food lunch on the go, take a bagged lunch to work, complete with a healthy wrap and some fresh fruit and vegetables. Don't forget to plan your evening meal. Having dinner ready before you get home would be perfect, but sometimes this just can't be done in our fast-paced lifestyle. One way to solve this problem is to plan out your evening meals for the week on your days off--perhaps just before you do your weekly shopping. Beware of shopping when you're hungry, though. If you're anything like me, one or two chocolate bars will call your name!

Initially, you may find it hard to make these necessary changes to healthier eating. Additionally, you may not feel well for a short time. This is normal as your body adjusts to your new and improved lifestyle and is cleansing itself from the unhealthy toxins built up from poor eating habits. However, if this feeling continues or you are worried, a visit to your doctor would be the correct thing to do.

Start with Baby Steps

Start with baby steps. Even if you only replace one soda a day with a glass of water, you've reduced your calorie intake. If you eat fast food every day for lunch, try replacing that half of the time with better quality foods. When you start by taking small steps, you aren't cutting out all the foods you love all at once. Take your time to learn about your eating habits and slowly replace them with better meals. Take the time to learn and understand why you should make these necessary changes in your eating habits. If you do, you will feel much better physically, mentally, and emotionally and will be well on the road to becoming as healthy as you can be.

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