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Eating Well Doesn't Have To Be Miserable

Living a "healthy lifestyle" isn't about sacrifice, but rather how you should live if you want to get the healthiest body you can. The real focus should be on how to feel healthy physically, emotionally and mentally rather than how to be skinny.

You probably have a list of things you know you should do for a healthier diet but, again, making too many changes at once can have the adverse effect. To restrictive of a diet may make you want the very foods you're trying to avoid more.

Instead of a restrictive diet, look for ways to make small changes each day. Need some ideas:

  • Start with substitutions. Open your refrigerator or pantry and pick out three foods you eat every day. Look at the nutritional content for each and write them down. On your next trip to the grocery store, ClickList or Shipt search for lower-calorie substitutes on just those three foods.

  • Add more fruit. Sprinkle some on your morning cereal, in your salad, or put out a bowl on your dinner table. Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. Fruit is also a great mid day, after work, or school snack to keep you going until dinner.

  • VegOut. We know they're good for us. Just like it was yesterday, we can hear our mothers urging, "Eat your vegetables!" as we sat at the family dinner table. Sneak them back on the menu by trying them in soup, a salad, on your pizza or just plan raw.

  • Lettuce Be. Instead of saturating your salad with full-fat dressing, make the switch to a somewhat lighter alternative. You'll eat fewer calories and with dozens of options to choose from on the grocery shelves, you might just find the one to help savor the flavor without sacrificing taste.

  • Cut the dairy. Still rocking the Vitamin D Milk? Next trip or click try switching to skim milk or 1-2% milk. Again you'll consume fewer calories without having to change to much in your diet.

Your path to a "healthy lifestyle" doesn't have to be a complete overhaul, but a gradual climb. Pick that one thing and work on that every day. You will be surprised on how such a small change can really make a difference.

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