Before getting into our 6 Key Tips For Healthier Eating and Better Nutrition, let’s talk life.
When I was a kid, I would go to birthday parties and when cake was being handed out, I would ask if they had any carrots. I also teethed on bell peppers, constantly asking my parents for a “cold pepper”. With that being said, I find healthy eating easy, and I was never really one to need tips on how to do it.
That’s my life. I have always been this way, but, let’s face it, not everyone is like me. Healthier eating and better nutrition doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If it doesn’t for you, then that’s your life, and that’s okay. It’s okay as long as you work to improve your health by following these tips! Continue reading to optimize your health and nutrition!
Tip #1: Control Your Portions
It is so easy to just eat and eat–especially when you’re starving. Believe me, although eating healthy comes as second nature to me, I’ve been there and done that. Even when over-consuming healthier foods (guilty as charged!), over-eating is never good. It results in bloating, digestive issues, and overall discomfort. This is why it’s so important to control your portions. Read nutrition labels and only fill your plate with what it will take for you to feel full without consuming too many calories.
Tip #2: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
I know that you probably hear this time and time again, but eat your fruits and veggies! Fruits and vegetables are so high in nutrients and are absolutely necessary for getting all of your daily vitamins and minerals in. It’s my tip to you to fill up half of your plate with them. Not only does this help you to consume essential nutrients, but it also helps you to not consume way too many calories or unhealthy foods.
Tip #3: Drink Water
Here we have yet another tip that you probably hear over and over again. You probably hear people say that drinking water before a meal helps you to fill up faster. Although I believe this to be true, drinking water is essential to healthy eating and better nutrition for another reason. Water aids in digestion. A healthy digestive system is a sign of better nutrition and a sign that you’re fueling your body in a healthy way.
Tip #4: Eat Before Grocery Shopping
This may sound like a silly suggestion, but it is definitely a tip that helps me every single grocery store trip. So many of us run to the grocery store any free chance we get, and more often than not, it’s also when we’re starving. This results in purchasing anything and everything, and by “anything and everything”, I really mean “tons of unhealthy foods”.
Steer clear of the junk food aisles and steer toward the nutrient-dense food aisles by fueling your body with healthy food before even thinking about going to the grocery store. This will surely prevent unhealthy eating in the long run.
Tip #5: Meal Prep
It sounds much more strenuous than it actually is. Don’t believe me? Check out these articles of ours:
- 7 Easy Meal Prep Ideas to Prep Once And Eat Clean All Week!
- The Busy Woman’s Guide to Meal Prepping
- How to Meal-Prep for Beginners
With the help of these articles, you can discover the easiest road to healthy eating and better nutrition. Meal prepping allows you to refrain from over-eating, from going out to a restaurant to eat unhealthy food there, and from not getting enough nutrients.
Tip #6: Prepare Food In Healthy Ways
If you feel like you are eating in healthy ways and fueling your body correctly, but you’re still not seeing the results you want, the ways you’re preparing your food may be what’s getting in your way. Your food preparation habits, like using unhealthy fats and oils when cooking, can be very damaging to your healthy eating plan.
Instead of frying your food, try grilling, steaming, or baking it. Say your farewells to full-fat dips and spreads, and opt for low-fat versions. Don’t drench your salads in dressing or your pasta in tons of white sauce. Make sure your condiments are accents to your meals rather than half of your meals.
By changing the ways you prepare your food, meal prepping, eating before grocery shopping, drinking more water, eating your fruits and veggies, and monitoring your portion sizes, you can embark on a journey to healthier eating and better nutrition. Follow these 6 tips and love the way you look and feel!