Simple Ways to Start Eating Healthier

You can’t put off making a change to your diet any longer. Your doctor has made that clear. Perhaps you are overweight, at risk for heart disease or are pre-diabetic. Whatever the medical reason, one part of the prescription is the same – eat healthier goods. How can you do that without making a major sacrifice in money, time and taste? Here’s how.

Eat Smaller Portions

The average American diet consists of portions that are way too large for a person’s daily caloric needs. Unless you’re in training for the Tour de France, you’re going to get fat eating the amount of food that you do. Eating smaller portions is easier when you serve beverages in tall, skinny glasses and use smaller plates and bowls to fool your eye into thinking that you are getting the same size servings. You also should use plates that are differently colored than your food. Plates the same color as your food makes it difficult to see how large your portion size actually is.

Keep Unhealthy Foods Out of Sight

It’s easy to suddenly develop a craving for junk food when it’s right in front of your face and is easy to get a hold of. Store unhealthy foods in containers or wrapping materials like aluminum foil that obscure the view so the mere sight of them does not stimulate your appetite. Instead, keep healthier foods out on display and in clear or see-through containers or wrapping materials. Some dieters will not even have unhealthy food in their homes, making it very inconvenient to pig out.

Avoid Fried Foods

Fried foods are high in calories and fat. The type of oil used for frying makes little difference in the fact that the food is fried. Avoid fried foods or at least only eat them once a week. Roasting, steaming and broiling are much healthier and yet still tasty alternatives.

Swap Healthy Versions for Unhealthy

Food companies are offering more foods with less animal products, less sugar and less artificial ingredients. So if you love mayonnaise, you do not have to give it up. Simply swap your mayo for a vegan version. One company, Hampton Creek, plans on releasing up to 500 healthy new products that are better alternatives for standard pantry favorites like cookies and dessert mixes.