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Easy Ways to Eat Healthy

By Dr. Michael Ellman on June 2, 2015 in Healthy Living, Nutrition
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Many of us think it’s hard to eat healthy food. We’re too tired after work to cook, so we head to McDonald’s. It’s too complicated to cook so we buy only frozen dinners. We don’t have time to pack a lunch for work, so we head out with friends for pizza.

But eating healthy food is really pretty trouble-free. Read below for some easy ways to add more healthy food to your diet.

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  • Drink lots of water. Drink at least eight glasses a day, even if you drink sodas, teas, coffees, etc. This helps eliminate toxins from your body and helps give you a feeling of fullness, particularly helpful just before eating.
  • Don’t gulp your food down. Take your time and savor each bite.
  • Don’t think of any food as “off limits.” This can just make you want the food all the more. Instead, just have a bite of cake or cookie, pizza or fried chicken. The first bite of any food always tastes the best; it’s downhill from there. So allowing yourself one bite of the foods you love can be very satisfying.
  • Keep grapes in your refrigerator and look at them as “nature’s candy.” Instead of reaching for cake, cookies or ice cream for dessert, place some grapes in a small bowl and enjoy!
  • This tidbit of has been around for a long time (because it works): don’t shop for groceries when hungry and always shop with a list. If something’s not on the list, don’t buy it. This can really help you cut back on the impulse purchase of junk food.
  • You know that it’s not good to eat processed food, but how can you tell if something is processed? Read the label and if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it’s probably processed. In fact, the more foods you purchase that don’t come with labels (such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish), the better.
  • This tip also goes for ingredients that you can’t grow. High fructose corn syrup, for example, doesn’t grow in a garden, so don’t eat foods that contain it.
  • Eat only whole grains. For example, to make sure a loaf of bread is made of whole grains, look for the Whole Grain Stamp on its packaging.
  • When shopping, aim to shop on the store’s outer aisles because they are where the fresh food tends to be placed. Inner aisles are where the canned soups, cookies, sugared cereals, etc. are located.
  • If you’re too tired to cook after work, make it a bit easier for yourself by prepping all your food once you get home from the grocery store. Wash all vegetables and produce. Cut up and freeze anything you’re going to use later. Create snacks for your lunch bag or even for when you get a case of the munchies.
  • Keep the healthiest food in the front of your refrigerator so that you see it first thing when you open the fridge’s door.
  • Think about not bringing any sugary or processed foods into your home to begin with. If it’s not at home, you can’t eat it.

For more healthy-life tips, check Ellman Rehab Associates’ blog each Tuesday. For an appointment, call our office at at 972-682-3909 or contact us via an e-mail message.

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