One of your resolutions for 2020 may have been to eat healthier, live a healthier lifestyle or start a diet to either lose or gain some weight. If you're having a hard time sticking to this resolution or even starting it we have a few tips and recommendations that could help you out and set you on the path to accomplishing your goal.
Eating healthy is all about incorporating balanced portions from each food group. You will still be able to enjoy your favorite meal, simply make a few adjustments to the original recipe to include healthier ingredients.
TIPS TO EATING HEALTHY
Bake or Roast Instead of Frying or Grilling
The way in which you prepare your food can affect the nutrients within the food item itself, making it less nutritious for your body or even harder for it to break it down. Methods such as baking, roasting, stewing, or slow cooking are just a few cooking methods that are known to be healthier for you and easier on the body's digestive system.
Eat Your Greens First
A simple adjustment you can make to your daily meals is adding a salad to at least one of your meals and ensuring that you eat it first. By eating your dark leafy healthy greens first, you are more likely to finish it, leaving less room for the less healthy food present on your plate. Eating your greens first also has a positive effect on your blood sugar levels. Vegetables slow down how quickly carbs are absorbed in your bloodstream.
Cook at Home More Often
One of the most effective ways to ensure that you and your family are eating healthier is of course, by cooking at home. By cooking your own meals, you have complete control over the types of ingredients that are used, the method of cooking that is used and you are able to accurately measure out every ingredient to their recommended serving size with the help of one of our Digital Kitchen Scales. Cooking at home can easily become time-consuming, so try making at least one of your meals for the day, a home-cooked meal until it naturally becomes a part of your weekly routine.
Choose Healthy Oils
There have been many rumors, fads, and trends over the years when it comes to the various types of oils one can add to their meals. Unfortunately, many of these are actually highly processed, high on omega 6 fatty acids and very low in omega-3s making them not so healthy for you. Oils such as soybean, cottonseed, sunflower and canola oils are just a few that fall into that category. It's best to stick to healthier alternatives such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil.
Stay Away From "Diet" Foods
Diet foods are actually very deceiving and aren't as healthy as you think. They may be lower in fat and lower in calories than their non-diet version, however in order to make up for the loss of flavor that fat naturally provides, more sugar is usually added along with various other ingredients that can have a negative effect on your body. The best solution to this is finding healthier alternatives to replace these items. If you enjoy soda, maybe try some sparkling water or even making your own carbonated water and adding fresh fruit flavors like lemon or berries.