Healthy Eating Tips: Easy changes for better health

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I have tried hard over the last several years to get my family on board with my healthy eating plan. I find that by changing the way I shop and by taking more time to prepare foods from scratch I tend to eat healthier. Healthy eating isn’t always easy for me. I like chips and junk food just as much as the next girl but keeping it out of my house is the first step towards not eating it! Sure, when I go out with friends I splurge on chips and queso or an ice cream sundae but I try to avoid keeping those temptations in my house. I readily admit that I have zero willpower when it comes to saying no to snacks. If you want to make healthy eating a priority in your house, I thought I would offer some very basic tips on how to make changes in your diet so that you don’t feel like you are totally sacrificing the foods you love. If someone told me I had to live on beansprouts and tofu for the rest of my life, I would toss my healthy eating plan right out the window! So, in order to eat a bit healthier here are a few ideas on what you should and should NOT be eating!

Healthy Eating Tips

bagels for healthy eating

1. Instead of donuts and muffins, choose a bagel:  I am not talking about gigantic chocolate chip bagels, either! Buy whole grain, raisin, or sesame seed bagels and toast only half of it. Top with nut butter or jam instead of cream cheese or butter. Add a side of fruit and low fat milk and you have a balanced breakfast.

2. Drink your iced tea unsweetened:  Down here in the south, sweet tea rules! However, there are a ton of calories in one glass of sweet tea. Learn to make your own tea at home and start dialing back on the sugar. A better choice than sugar is a natural sweetener like agave nectar, honey or stevia. By gradually reducing the amount of sweetener you use, you will eventually get to the point where you prefer your iced tea without that sickening sweetness!

3. Make smarter choices for pizza toppings:  While sausage, bacon and pepperoni might make your mouth drool, processed meats are really very unhealthy. Choose vegetables instead or just opt for a plain cheese pizza. You will be saving yourself a ton of calories and avoiding some very unhealthy overly processed meats.

healthy eating tips

4. Skip the sports drinks:  I am not a huge fan of most sports drinks. The average human that is doing moderate exercise really only needs to replace the fluids they lose with plain old water . If you don’t care for plain old water, try adding a spritz of lemon or lime juice to it. Unless you are training for a marathon, you probably do not need electrolyte replacements. Also, most sports drinks are loaded with sugar and artificial colors and flavors. If you really want a natural and very low calorie electrolyte replacement, try coconut water instead.

5.  Rethink your salad dressings:  So, you decide that to get on board with the healthy eating idea you will make yourself a salad. Then, you top it with a ton of ranch dressing. Well, you just added lots of fat and calories to your otherwise healthy meal! Choose a lower in fat variety like the yogurt based dressings by Bolthouse Farms or make your own wild orange vinaigrette so that you can control the ingredients that go in it.

6. Rethink your diet cola!  Artificial sweeteners are so tempting because they allow us to enjoy the sweetness we have come to expect in our drinks without all the extra calories. However, artificial sweeteners are just that: ARTIFICIAL! There is nothing natural about aspartame and I would prefer to avoid it whenever possible. For me, healthy eating means getting back to more natural foods but I admit, I have a huge weakness when it comes to soda. It is one of those things that I crave! In order to feel better about my occasional soda weakness, I have switched over to Zevia natural sodas, which are sweetened with stevia.

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I have tried many different flavors of Zevia over the last few years and some are nearly identical to what you are probably used to. Honestly, the root beer and cream sodas are absolutely delicious! My kids love the grape, orange, and other fruit flavored varieties and my husband’s favorite is the Dr. Zevia (their version of the good old Dr. Pepper flavor). While the cola doesn’t taste exactly like a Diet Coke, I enjoy it and am happy to have a zero calorie, natural soda to add to my healthy eating plan. If you want to try Zevia for yourself, keep reading! I would love to hear your suggestions for healthy eating in the comments below!

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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. Christy Spencer says:
    Would love to try the Dr. Pepper version.
  2. Nice article with some great tips! I think one of the biggest ways to eat healthy is to make as many meals from scratch as you can: you know exactly what you're putting into your body & don't have any preservatives or weird chemicals. :) I've added your page to my StumbleUpon!
  3. Avoid any chemicals on the ingredient list- of course, the best way to do that is make things from scratch, but otherwise, get chemical free items of the few that you might splurge on and get "processed". Annie's is a good brand, and if you use coupons, you can still have the occasional boxed mac and cheese, or crackers and cookies. I would like to point out from your post though that you mention agave syrup, which is actually very processed and not at all natural. The food it is based on is natural, but it is not the same process to make the syrup, and involves some iffy stuff!
    • thankyou for pointing that out. Agave can be a good alternative for vegans who won't use honey. Which I really never understood since the bees are going to make the honey whether we eat it or not but to each their own!
  4. Love Zevia!
  5. I don't eat at least 2-3 hours before going to bed.
  6. Don't buy cookies, make them yourself! You'll know exactly what goes in them and you won't have trouble pronouncing the ingredients in store bought cookies!
  7. Sherri Lewis says:
    If you don't have junk food laying around, then you won't be tempted to eat it... kind of "out of sight, out of mind"
  8. Lisa Brown says:
    Don't eat sugar. Extra pounds and health problems can develop when you eat sugar. Stevia is a great replacement.
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  11. Everything in moderation, We've just switched to Silk milk and trying to cut out alot of cheese which is not good for the body.
  12. David Haug says:
    drink lots of water before and during meals so you are full faster and eat less. do not eat prepared foods.
  13. Jen Haile says:
    I try to eat as much natural foods and a lot less prepackaged foods as possible.
  14. Patricia N says:
    The majority of our meals are meatless, with the occasional fish or poultry meal. Even my teenagers are into this. Lots of beans, eggs, cheese and other alternatives.
  15. I think avoiding processed food is the way to go to be healthier.
  16. D Schmidt says:
    A healthy tip is to cut down on processed foods
  17. Cody Anderson says:
    Drink plenty of water.
  18. drink lots of water during the day
  19. replacing one snack meal with jellied whole wheat bread or nuts
  20. i eat smaller meals often, not bigger meals with big breaks
  21. Terri Moore says:
    I try to keep cut up veggies and hummus in the fridge so that there is something healthy for those times when you want a quick snack.
  22. Cynthia C says:
    Read labels carefully at the grocery store and don't buy anything with unhealthy ingredients.
  23. I pack my lunch so I avoid unhealthy office choices
  24. eating salmon two times a week and eat more leafy greens
  25. Ttrockwood says:
    Have veggies with every meal! Eat them first and include a healthy fat to help absorb th vitamins- kale sauteed with coconut oil is amazing and carrots with peanut butter are favorites
  26. Angela Yeremenko says:
    Avoiding processed foods and making your meals at home. That way, you know exactly what is in it.
  27. I try to eat as much natural foods and a lot less prepackaged foods as possible.
  28. When going to a restaurant, ask for a take home box right when you get your food. Then, divide your food, keeping a reasonable portion on your plate and put the rest in the take home box. This will keep you from eating until you're full!
    • this is an awesome tip! I wish we could by half orders of some dishes for a reduced price. I hate feeling stuffed when I leave a restaurant1
  29. don't eat whites, flour or sugar.
  30. Stephanie Larison says:
    Cut out soda and drink lots of water.
  31. I stick to natural
  32. Amanda Rauch says:
    The biggie at our house is portion control!
  33. drink a lot of water!
  34. Shantel Davis says:
    We eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies and drink water !
  35. Pure Acai says:
    Natural health eating tips helps to increase your stamina and energy levels.
  36. Stephanie Gossett says:
    I have switched to all organic food, and only splurge when we eat out! :)
  37. I try to avoid buying bad stuff in the first place, especially salty snacks.
  38. Try to buy fresh organic local produce! I raise my own eggs and veggies.
  39. Angelique Drummond says:
    Occasionally weigh out a portion of your favorite snacks. Even if you've measured them before. That "bowl" of cereal or "handful" of crackers or nuts continues to grow over time and it's best to keep a reality check on what you're consuming!
  40. Christine says:
    EAT SALADS DAILY
  41. Don't buy unhealthy snacks that are full of empty carbs. When all you have is healthy food, you'll eat healthy food (duh, I know but it's true).
  42. Ellen Anderson says:
    Here's my lower calorie drinking tip :) Diet Tonic Water with 1.5 oz Blue Bombay Gin and a twist of fresh lime *BAM* 70 calorie yumminess
  43. Laura Ari says:
    Drink at least a gallon of water a day
  44. i try to snack on fresh popped popcorn. Its low calerie and I can eat as much as i want and not feel guilty. thanks
  45. Lauren Eggers says:
    I make small muffins but pack them full of flax. It fills me up, and smaller portions
  46. I offer fresh fruit or veggies at every meal. Then they can try them.
  47. By the way, maybe eating a bagel is better than a donut, but many American sized bagels are still 300 calories! Try half a bagel or a bowl of oatmeal instead! Oatmeal with fruit is filling & heart healthy!
  48. Karen Gonyea says:
    Think of food as fuel for your body - if there isn't a purpose for it, don't put it in your body.
  49. Erin Collins says:
    I drink a lot of water.
  50. Derk Thomas says:
    Use skim milk; it still is milk but with less calories and fat
  51. I try to keep a batch of super-healthy vegan veggie soup on hand always. It's great for a nutritious snack any time of day.
  52. Amy Martin says:
    Just don't buy the processed stuff. If you don't have it, your family can't eat it.
  53. Heather S. says:
    Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. hschonrock at yahoo dot com
  54. Sugar free jello is my best friend. Satisfies my sweet tooth with almost no calories
  55. Cut up fruit as soon as you get home from the grocery store so that way it's the easiest/quickest snack you have
  56. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:
    protein shakes yummy vmkids3 at msn dot com
  57. Erika JM says:
    In the morning, drink a glass of warm lemon water sweetened with honey, Not only does this detox and clean your system, but also helps with losing weight and getting more of the nutrients from the foods you eat.
  58. BILL HOFF says:
    lay off white bread and sugar
  59. Corey Olomon says:
    Drink lots of water no eating after 6pm
  60. Pamela Halligan says:
    Eat at least 25 grams of fiber per day. Get fiber by eating whole grains, beans, and vegetables. Oatmeal and oat bran are great sources of fiber.
  61. Holly S. says:
    Add as many dark, leafy greens to your diet as possible, but eat the rainbow!
  62. susan smoaks says:
    i try to eat a fruit before each meal with a big glass of water, it fills me up so i eat less!
  63. Diane Cooper says:
    It is hard to eat unhealthy foods if they aren't readily available, so when food shopping, I try to buy only real food, nothing processed or artificial. Also, I try to drink a full 8 ounces of water a few minutes before each meal. I eat less!
  64. I try to eat as much fruits and veggies as I can. I find that fruits can easily replace desserts. :)
  65. I try to eat a combo of fats and carbs and protein when I eat to keep me satiated.
  66. julie murphy says:
    Never eat after seven
  67. Healthy eating tip: I shop weekly at our local farmer's market. Seasonal fresh fruits and veggies are at their peak of goodness, are low calorie, taste delicious, and are less expensive than at the grocery store. They make beautiful and healthy meals, desserts, and snacks.
  68. Laurie Emerson says:
    I always have bags of cut up carrots and celery sticks so I can just grab a few when I get that hungry feeling in between meals.
  69. Giggedygeekmum says:
    I'm trying to make sure we get a veggie and protein source with every meal- manufactured protein doesn't count.
  70. Every spring we grow our own organic fruits and veggies in the garden which is healthy AND saves money!

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