There’s a lot of advice out there on how to eat healthy, and if we’re being honest, it can sometimes feel like way too much to think about. Especially when you are very hungry (i.e. always)! Remember when you were a child and eating was as simple as opening, chewing, enjoying? Yes, those were simpler times. Now, knowing how to eat healthy food does not seem quite as simple. Between the diet trends, gourmet trends, and a rotating roster of superfoods, eating well has gotten very complicated these days with Yolo Healthy Food Delivery!
In reality, however, eating healthy does not have to be complicated. What’s important is that you stick to the basics, which is easy to do with these 25 common sense tips. They’ll show you how to eat healthy in a way that’s easy to understand and actually kind of fun.
1. Get on board with the Mediterranean diet.
Eat like a tourist in Greece. The sunset over your office park isn’t as stunning as the one over an Aegean beach, but a plate of grilled fish and fresh vegetables and a glass of wine is as delicious in Athens, Georgia, as it is in Athens, Greece. All the heart-healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants in Mediterranean foods like hummus, olive oil, and feta can help lower your risk for heart disease, says Susan Mitchell, Ph.D., co-author of Fat Is Not Your Fate (Fireside).
2. Eat whole foods—that is, foods that you could actually grow.
A potato comes from the ground as an egg from a hen. But where did that Pop-tart come from? “Unprocessed, whole foods will give you the most benefits,” Berman says. Processing takes out nutrients such as antioxidants and fibre. What’s worse is that a lot of processed foods tend to sneak in things that aren’t really necessary like extra sodium and sugar. There’s nothing wrong with indulging the occasional processed food craving (sometimes a bag of potato chips is too hard to resist!). But if you’re trying to shop healthier altogether, be on the lookout for products that have been minimally processed.
3. Eat more mindfully.
When you sit down to a meal, try to savour every bite. Especially the first few, because those are the bites you’re going to enjoy most. “There is a toning down of taste buds after the first few bites,” says Linda Bacon, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at City College of San Francisco. That’s not the only reason to take it slow while eating. It takes your brain nearly 20 minutes to realize that your stomach is full. If you are throwing back food like there is no tomorrow, odds are you are going to unintentionally eat past the full and wind up completely stuffed.
4. Snack more often.
In between meals, go ahead and have a snack. “When you go too long in between meals without eating, it is difficult to go into your next meal in control and avoid overeating,” Julia Levine Axel Baum, R.D., L.D., Bariatric Dietician at NewStart Clinic, tells SELF. Of course, you’ll want to be thoughtful about the kind of snacks you opt for. She explains that those that are high in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates will give you the energy you need to get through the day and keep you satiated from one meal to the next. On the other hand, those that are high in refined carbs and sugar will give you a sudden blood sugar spikes that will eventually cause you to crash and feel even more tired.
5. Choose meat that hasn’t been processed.
You don’t have to hunt and skin your supper, but if your chicken has been moulded into a nugget, who knows what you’re really chewing. And when you choose meat that’s been processed into sausage, strips or slices, you’re downing sodium and preservatives instead of healthy nutrients, says Adam Drewnowski, Ph.D., director of the nutritional sciences program at the University of Washington at Seattle. Stick to infused-with cuts straight from the butcher.