We all want to eat right. Yet, for various reasons, many of us can’t get it right. Either we don’t have the time to cook or we don’t have enough energy to prepare.
For those of us who bicycle for our lifestyles, getting it right can be even more of a challenge. In the quest to find the easy way to eat right, I discovered essential principles which I think are worth following. Reading further, I hope that you’ll accept them as an important part of your own life.
Don’t Waste Money on Extra Healthy Foods
I recently read an article which said that it’s easy to be tempted by extra healthy foods, but that every time you go out, whether shopping or at a restaurant, it’s always too much. A bit of good advice is to put the few extra dollars you need to spend on the food’s actual nutritional value, not including the energy expended to get it or the portion size. An example would be: a full-size thank you I kept it basic and ate only 8 walnut-sized healthy nuts instead of the package saying I could have two. This bit of saving is more than the average person saves in a month. And for those of us looking to lose weight, this tiny bit of savings can make the difference between healthy and unhealthy eating.
Don’t Eat At The Shoppingonedomega
Whenever you go shopping, don’t go to the front of the store where you see the fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead, go around the back where the processed and frozen foods are. There you find the cookies, potato chips, crackers, and the like. Instead of spending your money on these foods, go into the aisles around the perimeter where you will find more adult foods.
Learn How To Eat Healthily
Forget the “low fat” or “lite” versions of your favorite dinners. When you eat out, don’t automatically assume there is no more room for your favorite dishes. Instead, go ahead and ask your server how the dish is prepared. Also, remember that a simple salad, a vegetable or fruit bowl, or a handful of nuts, when taken off the menu or wrote out, maybe more satisfying to your hunger than a ham and cheese croissant portion that was probably designed to feed two people.
Ask your server to double the portions of cooked dishes and dishes that have vegetables included. And for your wine-drinker friends, share a single portion of a delectable main dish with a friend. Just remember that the first few bites are the most delightful – so force yourself to slow down and savor. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll enjoy sharing the scrumptious food you have prepared for you.
And finally, take your time when you are talking to someone who is new to food. It is easy to say “I’m starving” or “I’m getting hungry” and that will start off your new diet plan with great enthusiasm. But it is much more difficult to ask a question and receive an answer. Especially when you don’t know where to begin. But if you are true friends, you will help each other out and you’ll want to share the things you have learned with others.
For example, my new friend can tell that I am allergic to wheat but I don’t have a cross-reaction and she would not know whether I am allergic to dairy products as well. She shared her wonder that I can eat either food and she would prefer that I share both with her. Likewise, I will share what I have learned about myself and my wife. I don’t think that either one of us has to be on a diet, and we can enjoy each other’s company just as much.
Gourmet Diningwithout the Stress
Dinner is a great time especially if you have been working all day. Taking your time to enjoy a nice meal can make you feel satisfied. Not only will you have consumed your last few pounds of body fat, but you will have also rewarded your hungry body with a nice meal. If you know that you are going to spend your evening out with friends, you can always ask if you can enjoy their cuisine with something healthy. If you are going to choose to cook the meal yourself, you can always stash a few prepared dishes in your bag or purse. Just be sure to have a little bit of everything.
One final tip and caution: extremely busy people often end up skipping meals. You should not skip meals to lose sleep; that just leads to an unhealthy lifestyle. Thus, do not go days without eating and make sure you are eating nutritious meals. On your way to work, pack a couple of snacks for the kids so that you will not be so hungry when you arrive at work.