Stop making excuses for yourself: you can make a difference in your eating habits!
Do you think healthy food is too expensive?
- It doesn’t have to be! If you’re looking for nutrient-dense but inexpensive foods, try fiber-rich grains such as barley and quinoa. Instead of planning meals around meat, choose less expensive proteins, including beans, eggs, skinless chicken thighs and canned salmon. And when buying fresh produce, get what’s local and in season.
Do you think it’s hard to eat healthy when you go out to eat?
- Do some research before you go to the restaurant. There’s always healthier options on the menu to choose from. Many chain restaurants post nutrition information on their Web sites, allowing you to see which dishes best suit your dietary needs. If the restaurant you’re going to doesn’t provide nutrition information, scan the menu for grilled fish, chicken or vegetable dishes, which are often leaner and lower in calories than other items. And ask for salad dressings and sauces on the side.
Do you think it’s too hard to change your eating habits?
- It can take up to 20 exposures to a new food for someone to accept it. The best way to regularly get more-healthful food into your diet is to make it a habit. The best trick is to keep trying. Experiment with different cooking techniques, temperatures and seasonings.
Do you have trouble controlling portion sizes?
- Use smaller plates (10-inch diameter or less) and keep serving dishes off the table.
Why should you eat breakfast?
- A meal of low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit and protein is filling and sets a healthful tone for the rest of the day.