Healthy food choices can be difficult, especially when we are surrounded by junk food everywhere we go: fast food drive-thrus on every corner, treats at the office, social events with unhealthy foods, and everything in between. But, with a little bit of practice, you can make healthy food choices! This article is going to outline 3 steps to take next time you are faced with a food choice.
1. Look at the Ingredients
The most important aspect of eating healthy is to pay attention to the ingredients that are used for the foods that you are eating. Stay away from foods that include sugar, white flour high amounts of unhealthy fats, preservatives, chemicals, and high levels of sodium. Focus your eating on 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 are going to need a snack, so it is a good idea to keep healthy options available all the time. Store some non-perishable treats in your car, items such as nuts and dried fruit are great. Have healthy snacks available in your desk drawer and the fridge in the break room. Take an apple with you when you leave the house.
3. Remember That It’s OK 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 OK to say no. Most friends and family will understand why you are eating other foods, just explain why you are eating healthy and they will be supportive of your decision.
One of the best defenses to keep you on track with your healthy food choices is to have a plan put together ahead of time. Remember the 3 steps that you need to follow, and stick to the plan next time you are faced with a difficult food choice.