Friday, October 28, 2011

How to Adjust to Healthy Meals

This post comes from James at Blog Content Guild:

Eating healthy is sometimes easier in theory than in practice. This is because many traditional healthy meals don’t quite taste as good as the comfort food some of us are used to eating. Learning to like food that is good for you isn’t always easy. On the bright side, not all nutritious foods are tasteless. You can eat well for your body and still eat a variety of foods that actually taste good. Eating well does not mean that you need to starve yourself or spend hours and hours laboring in the kitchen. You simply need to change how you eat in a couple of ways. Here’s how:

  • Be mindful of the portions you’re eating.

A lot of people eat too much because their plates are too large. Eating too much isn’t good for you, and it actually expands your stomach, so you’re able to eat more and more in the future. You can go to Ikea or a similar store and buy some plates that are smaller in size. When you eat out, assess how big your plate is. If it’s big, only eat half of your serving and take the rest home in a doggie bag. You can eat it for lunch the next day. Once you’ve got your plate situation under control, you should focus on how fast or slow you eat. Fast eaters eat more because they don’t give their stomachs any time to digest and let them know they’re full.

  • Remember that it’s all about balance.

You should try to incorporate something from each of the food groups into your dishes. Try to eat an assortment of protein, whole grains, vegetables, dairy products, and fruits.

For example, you might like steak and fries. Unfortunately, this isn’t the healthiest of meals. But if you play around with the portions and ingredients, you can make a dish that is just as good and much healthier for you. You can serve yourself half a steak instead of a full steak. In lieu of fries, you can eat some green beans and healthy pasta. Season your green beans as you would your fries, and you practically won’t be able to tell the difference!

  • Give your kitchen another chance.

Make an effort to cook at home more often. Cooking at home enables you to control the portion of food you put on your plate. It also lets you choose exactly what’s in the food you’re eating. You get to control which oils you cook with and how much salt you add to your meals, so you are always able to know that your meals are healthy. If your culinary skills are limited, you can search for recipes online that are simple to prepare and nutritious. Try out all different kinds of meals you have never tried before. And add some color to the meals you cook with various kinds of vegetables. The more color a vegetable has, the more vitamins and other nutrients it can offer you.

If you are aware of portion sizes, balance your diet, and cook more at home, eating right for your body can actually be pretty easy!

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