Healthy Eating: A Lifestyle Change

It's that time of year! Holiday parties and gifts which all lead to unhealthy eating habits! This holiday season, take a few of our health eating tips to try to avoid those extra holiday pounds!

Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat and learning about balance, variety, and moderation.

Balance.
Most days, eat from each food group and listen to your body. It's very easy if you think about it: Eat when you're hungry and stop when you feel satisfied.

Variety.
Many people complain that eating healthy is boring. To avoid feeling bored with your food choice, choose different foods in each food group. For example, carrots every time you need to eat a vegetable. Try being spontaneous and eating healthy can become quite the adventure!

Moderation.
The key to healthy eating is management! Don't have too much or too little of one thing. When being aware of how much you are eating, all food can be part of healthy diet. Even chocolate can be okay! (whew!)

Why pay attention to what you eat?
One of the biggest motivating factors to eating healthy is the prevention of health problems, such as: Heart disease, Stroke, High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, Osteoporosis and some types of cancer.

Is healthy eating is not just a diet
Healthy eating is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Diets are temporary. Because you give up so much when you diet, you may be hungry and think about food all the time. And after you stop dieting, you also may overeat to make up for what you missed. When choosing to make a lifestyle change with your eating habits, think about your reasons for healthier eating. Do you want to improve your health? Do you want to loose weight? Are you trying live a better life?

Support!
Having support from friends and family is a great way to help you stay on track! The more support you have, the easier it will be to make changes. Invite people over to help you make meals and share healthy, delicious recipes and cooking tips.

If you find that Healthy Eating is something that you would like to know more about,
feel free to contact Essential Wellness Pharmacy at 309.681.8850.