Adopting healthy eating habits often comes down to educating yourself and your family on the nutrition facts of the foods you love. Although sweets and junk food can be agonizingly tempting, learning about healthier alternatives and introducing them into your diet can do a lot of good.
By adopting these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
- Eat the rainbow — put several colors of fruits and vegetables on your plate. Eating a variety of colors in your diet will help you absorb necessary vitamins and minerals.
- Don’t give up your favorite foods — it’s not necessary to completely give up your favorite guilty pleasures as long as you can reduce their portion sizes.
- Always have a plan — plan what you’ll order at a restaurant and make sure it’s balanced.
- Forget calorie counting — it’s important to focus on good-for-you foods and eating smaller portions of foods that keep you fuller for longer periods of time.
- Don’t eat boring food — cook vegetables in a way that makes them exciting for your tastebuds.
- Prep and store — shop for healthy foods and prepare your meals ahead of time to make it easier to eat foods that are good for you.
- Eat lunch like a king — eat your biggest meal around noon when your digestion is at its peak.
- Drop the food guilt — eat with pleasure and without judgment, which can sometimes cause you to overeat.
- Know where your snacks are located — rely on keeping snacks close to you throughout the day because leaving the office can often lead to bad choices.
- Follow the 80/20 rule … kind of — try one of the two methods: eat healthy 80 percent of the time and splurge 20 percent, or eat until you’re 80 percent full and then slow down to determine if you’re actually hungry for the rest of the meal.
Read more about these healthy eating habits on TIME.com.
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