Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Easy Tips on How to Plan a Healthy Diet and Stick to it

Healthy eating is not about seeing how long your body can go without food, or staying unrealistically thin.  It’s about feeling great, having more energy to play with your kids, and being as healthy as possible-all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics from your Nanny.

Healthy eating tip 1: Don’t set yourself up for failure, set yourself up for success

Think of planning your diet in small, manageable steps that work for you instead of one big drastic change. Implement your new changes gradually and with commitment and you will have a healthy diet a lot sooner than you think!

Healthy eating tip 2: Everything in moderation

Most people think that the key to healthy eating is the attitude “it’s all or nothing.” But we here at Shopping Nanny know that moderation is key.  When starting your diet try not to think of certain foods as “off limits.”  When you ban certain foods, it’s natural for your body to want them more.  And then you feel like a failure when you give in to temptation. 

Despite what some fad diets would have you believe, everyone needs a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to sustain a healthy body. Also, take a close look at how much you are eating, you might be able to reduce your serving size to smaller portions. Many of us grew up learning to eat everything on our plate, so try putting a little less there to begin with.

Healthy eating tip 3: It’s not what you eat, but how you eat

Healthy eating is really about more than just the food on your plate—it is also about how you think about food. Take time to chew your food.  Chew slowly, savoring every bite.  Listen to your body.  Ask yourself if you are really hungry, or have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry.  During a meal, stop eating before you feel full.  It takes a few minutes for your body to tell your brain that it has had enough food.

Also think of water and exercise as food groups in your diet.  Water helps flush waste products and toxins out of your system.   You should also find something active that you like to do and add it to your day, just like you would add healthy greens, blueberries or salmon.  The benefits of an exercise regime can help motivate you to make healthy food choices a lifelong habit.


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