As more and more people try to eat healthy, 2018 has marked a time in history, where healthy eating has become a priority among many. The demand for information on a variety of diets, foods to eat and not eat, and what to recognize as unhealthy has increased. Supplements are becoming more popular, and overall many are looking for the top healthy eating tips.
Processed foods – these foods are cheap, convenient and usually full of sodium, sugar, chemicals and empty calories with no nutrient value. Try to limit these choices or avoid them altogether.
Fresh whole foods – in many communities, finding fresh produce and protein sources can be a challenge, where processed foods are in abundance. Many grocery store chains are moving towards carrying fresher whole foods. Of course, you can always grow your own.
Supersized portions – the larger the portion, the more we eat. Learn the proper portion sizes for you and do not eat more than you need. The golden rule is that your portion size should be the size of your fist.
Advertising and marketing – as a rule, the worse the food is for you, the more it is advertised. How many ads for quinoa or kale have you seen? Try not to be influenced by advertisements, but instead shop for good wholesome foods.
Misinformation and disinformation – we are bombarded with information about food, nutritional data, health benefits and risks; often by special interest groups. People are generally confused about what they are supposed to eat. If you are concerned about what you are eating, do a little research.
Cost of food – processed, mass produced food and subsidized crops to make them are disproportionately less expensive than fresh produce and sustainably grown, whole foods. Try shopping at farmer’s markets or other roadside stands for fresh, whole foods at a best price.
Time management – our busy lifestyles promote fast food and eating on the run. Often people feel they just don’t have time to cook. Our bodies are not made to eat on the run. Sit down, relax, and enjoy your food. You will have better digestion and will not eat as much.
Stress – prolonged stress increases a hormone that slows the metabolism, can affect blood sugar levels, fat storage, and increase cravings for fatty, salty and sugary foods. Learn to control stress.