If you want to change your eating habits, the best place to start is at home. A well stocked, well thought out kitchen will increase your chances of eating well, and staying healthier. Read on to discover a few ways to help you stick to a healthier diet!
What’s in your pantry?
First, take a good look at the contents of your fridge and pantry. Do you have a lot of processed snacks and fatty foods? When you’re hungry or looking for a snack, it’s easy to reach in and grab the first thing you see. Chips, dips that are laden with trans fats and sodium heavy meats are key culprits for increasing your chances of developing diseases, illnesses and high cholesterol levels.
Make a list of key ingredients and staple items before you head out shopping. Start with the basics: Whole grain pasta and cereals, grains and barley, brown rice, dried legumes such as lentils, beans and split peas and heart healthy extra virgin olive oil. Don’t do your shopping on an empty stomach! You’ll find yourself throwing in things that you really don’t need. Research shows that people will purchase and choose more unhealthy foods when they shop on an empty belly. Find time to sit down and make a plan for your weekly meals. That way you’ll know exactly what you need to shop for. Keep a list on your fridge and update it as you run out of various foods throughout the week.
Shop for staple items and perishables such as fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy products once a week. Farmers’ markets are a great place to find organic fresh vegetables and fruits, and they are a fun excursion! Resist the urge to buy pre-packed meals. Fresher is better. Opt for snacks such as fruit and vegetables that you can slice and keep in your fridge as well as dried nuts and fruits for a homemade trail mix. Read the labels on your products and shy away from anything that contains refined items and high fructose corn syrup to name a few.
Follow these tips and you’ll soon find yourself leaner, healthier and better able to keep to a healthy lifestyle and diet regimen!
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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