Anyway, here are 10 helpful hints to eating healthier.
- Eat off your grandmother's china. Plates today are more the size of hub caps than dinner plates. The plates we use at home are smaller and have a wide rim so we can't fill the plate and over stuff ourselves. More about this and other tricks in the book Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think. A fascinating read!
- Eat some plant foods! I hear this all the time: it's too hard to eat veggies and fruits because "they go bad before I eat them." What's up with that? Wash it and eat it. Not really that hard at all.
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. As you go in to your grocery store, take a look at how the center of the store is where they stock the prepared, processed, nutritionally void foods. You could easily get all you need for a nutritious meal by bypassing the center and hitting your produce, meat/seafood.dry bulk and dairy sections. If you're vegetarian or vegan you could just do the produce and bulk sections.
- Fill 1/2 to 3/4 of your plate with produce. More nutrients and fiber, less calories. Simple!
- Avoid "foods" that your great grandmother wouldn't recognize.
- Drink water! Skip the sweetened varieties, tap-water-bottled-in-Arkansas-shipped-to-your-store, and even diet sodas. Why? See number 4 above.
- Eat a rainbow. This is great with the kids, but can prompt us all to eat better. See how many colors of foods you can eat in a day. I'm talking oranges, black beans, red beets, purple cabbage and lemons, not lifesavers or those weird popsicle sticks thingies in unnatural colors.
- Visit your local ethnic store. We can get in a rut and mindless toss the same-ol' same-ol' in our grocery carts each week. I sure can! I love to visit places like my local asian market and peruse the aisles looking at odd veggies. The staff and customers are often helpful, or get a book from the library in advance, or just whip our your smart phone and google for more info.
- Visit your farmers' market. Here you'll find all kinds of cool stuff and people who grew it, so they will definitely have recipes and suggestions.
- Do a meal share with your friends or sign up for a cooking class. I always love eating at my friends' houses because they make things I don't and vice versa. A pot luck or plan to prepare multiple servings of a meal prepared at home, then meet up and swap. Super fun and it stocks your freezer in no time!
What do you do to eat healthier? Do share some tips!