Just because it's healthy, doesn't mean it has to be part of your diet. By all means, we encourage you to try new fruits, vegetables and healthy options as you transition to a healthy eating plan. All we're sayin' is you don't have to force down heaping servings of broccoli on the daily if you just can't stand broccoli. Get experimental when you go to the market to stock your fridge or try new items at your fave restaurant. You're bound to find plenty of delicious -- and healthy -- foods that you totally dig.
Eating healthily does not include skipping any meals, actually, but breakfast is, as the old adage says, the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, you're likely to make up those calories (and then some!) later in the day. Some studies even suggest that eating breakfast allows you to control mindless snacking later in the day.
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It's easy to have a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread every day for lunch or a bowl of vegetable soup for dinner, but don't get stuck in a food rut just for the sake of ease. Think outside the box. Try new foods and new, healthy recipes. If you have a favorite restaurant, ask the server about some of the healthy eating menu options, or request that the chef prepare a special plate for you with healthy eating guidelines in mind.
Research shows that most Americans are not getting enough whole grains, fruits and vegetables. On the daily, you should enjoy 6 to 11 servings from the bread, rice, cereal and pasta group (3 of which should be whole grains), 2 to 4 servings of fruit and 3 to 5 servings of vegetables.
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While temptation to lose weight and eat in a healthy manner may lead you to cut certain foods from your diet, studies show that's not the way to go. Enjoy a variety of healthy foods in moderation, and don't forget those statistics above.
If you think you're hungry all the time, you might be mistaking that feeling for thirst. Studies show that 1/3 of Americans are not drinking enough water, which can lead to mild dehydration, fatigue, mid-day slump, difficulty concentrating and even headaches. So cheers to your health!
Be prepared to handle your hunger in a healthy way. Put together a small take-along pack of portable foods such as apples, bananas, carrot sticks and nuts. If you get hit with a snack attack, you'll be ready with healthy options to ward off a full-fledged binge.