How to Incorporate Healthy Eating Into Your Daily Life

Eating healthy can be difficult. Especially in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

When you are busy and in a rush, you don’t always make the best food decisions and you rarely take the time to enjoy your meals.

Even though your day can be crazy, eating healthy and making smart food choices should be a top priority. Your health and wellness are important. Making the right decisions when it comes to meals will keep you feeling good and promote a healthy, long life.

13 Ways to Eat Healthy and Mindfully Throughout Your Day

  1. Eat your greens. Add some to your morning eggs, make a salad. Get in that spinach, kale, cabbage, swiss chard, arugula. There are so many amazing greens to eat.
  2. Enjoy a smoothie. Tip: when ordering smoothies, check the ingredients for added sugar. And try to throw some veggies in there. You can add spinach, kale, steamed and frozen zucchini, frozen cauliflower. The list goes on.
  3. Snack often. Don’t let yourself get too hungry or you will overeat at your next meal. Keep healthy items handy like nuts, fruit, beef jerky and veggies and hummus.
  4. Learn how to cook vegetables the way you like them. Find your favorite veggies and start experimenting. Roast them with olive and salt, steam, sauté, eat raw — whatever tastes the best for you.
  5. Drink water. Drink a glass of water with every meal. Drink water before, during and after exercise. And always bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go.
  6. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can lead to overeating and makes it difficult for your body to keep your insulin levels even.
  7. Avoid processed foods. However, if you can’t make sure to check nutrition labels. Some foods that claim to “healthy” don’t always fit the bill. Reader over the labels to see what’s actually in your food. The less added ingredients, the better.
  8. Eat mindfully and in moderation. Savor every bite — and chew slowly. Take breaks between bites. If you eat too fast, you won’t realize that you are full and can over eat.
  9. Keep unhealthy snacks and treats out of the house and away from your workspace. When people are hungry they tend to go for the snack that is the most convenient. If you keep those unhealthy treats out and stock up on healthy snacks, you will be good to go.
  10. Avoid sodas and beverages with a lot of added sugar. Once you begin watching for added sugar in your food you’ll be surprised at how much is added. Did you know Starbucks conveniently provides the nutrition information of each menu item on their app?
  11. Cook at home. You are bound to use way less butter, oil and salt than restaurant chefs aiming for great taste. You are also more likely to eat less. Restaurants tend to have much larger portion sizes than you would at home.
  12. Prep your food. Make grabbing a healthy meal from the refrigerator a mindless and convenient task. If you prep and plan ahead, you will have some delicious, healthy foods at your disposal. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you get used to making your food in one large batch, you’ll never want to go back.
  13. Don’t be a distracted eater. When you eat or watch TV, you are bound to be distracted, resulting in overeating and not enjoying your meal.

Changing your routine can be a slow process. You can pick a couple from the list above to start and add in more as you go. Do what works best for you, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to healthy eating.

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John Shufeldt

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Author of upcoming men’s health book “The Real Man Plan”, physician, lawyer, entrepreneur, pilot, serial student and enthusiastic change agent