Healthy food choices can be difficult, especially when we are surrounded by junk food wherever we go: drive-thrus fast food at every corner, office sweets, social events with unhealthy foods and everything in between. But with a little practice, you can make healthy food choices! This article will cover 3 steps to take the next time you are faced with a food choice.
1. Look at the ingredients
The most important aspect of eating healthy is paying attention to the ingredients that are used for the foods you are eating. Stay away from foods that include sugar, white flour, high amounts of unhealthy fats, preservatives, chemicals and high levels of sodium. Concentrate on eating foods that are in their most natural form because they contain higher levels of nutrition.
2. Always keep healthy food on hand
You never know when you need a snack, so it’s always a good idea to keep healthy options available. Keep a few non-perishable treats in your car, items like nuts and dried fruit are fantastic. Have healthy snacks available in the desk drawer and in the fridge in the break room. Bring an apple with you when you leave the house.
3. Remember that it is right to say no
Many people find themselves eating unhealthy foods because the food is free or they are in a social situation where everyone else is eating unhealthy food. If you find yourself in one of these situations, remember that it is right to say no. Most friends and family will understand why you are eating other foods, explain simply why you are eating healthily and will support your decision.
One of the best defenses to keep yourself in line with your healthy food choices is to have a plan put together before time. Remember the 3 steps you need to follow and follow the plan the next time you are faced with a difficult food choice.