Change Your Food Habits for a Healthier Life

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Being healthy is a goal that pretty much everyone has. We all want to look our best and eat healthy meals, but in today’s world we can barely make time to put together all of those delicious yet healthy meals at home.

Thanks to this fact of life, many companies have rushed in to try to make a pretty penny off of unsuspecting victims. They ride into your supermarkets freezers bearing gifts of “healthy” frozen meals. And due to the convenience and the perceived benefits, we jump at the opportunity to try to make a change.

So we all know these foods and see the packages every time we swing through the market, and we want to believe that they will make us healthier. But how do we know that these foods aren’t good for you? And since they’re not, how else can you pack a healthy meal and take it to work?

It all starts with you.

Making the change to your diet and your overall health is a decision only you can make for yourself. No company knows exactly what you like and no company can cater to your specific needs. Avoiding these frozen dinners is the second step you have to take. The draw of their convenience can be enough to make us all buckle, but if we hold out and look for other ways to get healthy meals into our lives, we might find that there are better ways to achieve this.

Shopping for healthy ingredients can be a daunting task. Most of us don’t know the difference between whole grain and multi grain, and assume both are equally healthy. Or if we see turkey anything, we assume that is the best choice we can make. These two common assumptions are wrong, and any time you search for ingredients you want to make sure that you read the food label. Make sure that it has a reasonable calorie count; nothing should be more than 300 calories per serving. And when looking at the ingredients list, if it contains a paragraph of ingredients, it probably isn’t good for you.

Another point you want to make sure you observe is reading exactly what calories make up your food. Fats are 9 calories per gram, alcohol is 7 calories, protein and carbohydrates are both 4 calories per gram. Some dieters choose to eat a high-protein diet, reducing their calorie intake while increasing how often they feel full.

– Always look at the fats; basically, unsaturated fats are good, and saturated fats are terrible for you. There is such a thing as healthy fats, so make sure you are getting those in your diet. High sodium, or salt, has never helped anyone, and indeed can cause some serious heart problems; make sure you avoid the frozen dinners because those are kept “fresh” with high amounts of sodium.

When preparing food, always prepare enough for the whole week. Take some time out of the weekend to cook everything and plan out your meals for the whole week. Initially it may seem like a chore, but if you include your family it can be a great bonding experience, a great learning experience, and most of all it’ll lead to healthier choices being made.

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