There’s a lot of advice out there about ways to eat healthy. Are you trying to improve your diet? Here are some simple tips that can help you get started on your new health journey.
Between the fad diets, the weight loss supplements, and the constantly revolving list of superfoods, this whole “eating healthy” thing can be really overwhelming. Even as someone who’s eaten pretty well for the last decade, I still get confused and conflicted when new diet advice comes out.
I mean…who here has heard of Keto?? (If you haven’t, are you living under a rock?)
It totally conflicts with most health advice we’ve been taught our whole lives, and yet…it’s working. So many people are seeing improved health, more energy, and weight loss. They’re telling everyone they know how awesome it is, because they can eat bacon cheeseburgers and lose weight and feel great. I gave it a try, and honestly had horrible results. I know others have had similar experiences, too. It just goes to show that every single “fad” is going to work for some people, and not for others. It makes the whole concept of eating healthy even more confusing.
I’ve now found a plan that I personally like, and one that I’m able to stick to. But, it’s important to aknowledge that it might not be for everyone. Especially if you’re just starting to look for ways to eat healthy.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t have to follow a fad or listen to every bit of nutrition advice available to us. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! Want to start eating healthier and don’t know where to even start? I’ve listed out a few of my favorite tips below. They’re simple, universal, and the best news is that they’re easy swaps that anyone can make!
8 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy
Here’s a list of my favorite ways to eat healthy. You can also scroll to the bottom for more tips on taking it slow!
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- Swap out your cooking oils: The commonly used oils in most homes, like vegetable oil or canola oil aren’t actually as healthy as you’d think. Instead, opt for coconut oil, which is full of good, healthy fats.
- Cut the sodas and sugary drinks: Sodas are filled with artificial flavors and colors, plus loaded with sugar. Instead, opt for water with lemon, tea, or naturally sweetened options like Bai.
- Get those leafy greens in: We get veggies in at every meal. Not a huge fan? Ease into it by sneaking them into sauces, smoothies, and even dessert! (Thanks for the tip, Trim Healthy Mama!)
- Choose whole foods: My motto? The closer it is to how it’s found in nature, the better. If you can’t (theoretically) grow it or raise it, it doesn’t belong in food.
- Look at the ingredients, not the calories: Trying to find was to eat healthy? Read the ingredients. This goes along with #4. Reading the ingredients label will be a huge eye-opener in regards to what is really in the food you’re eating.
- Shop the perimeter of the store: Want to know where they keep the whole foods in the store? In the outer ring. You arne’t going to find many healthy options by walking down the aisles. Instead, shop produce, deli (but skip the white bread), meat, and dairy. Those sections cover everything you need.
- Opt for natural sweeteners: Sugar is incredibly inflammatory and addictive. Instead, use stevia, honey, real maple syrup, monkfruit, or coconut sugar to sweeten your foods.
Take Baby Steps to Healthy Eating
I know I said these tips were going to be simple, but if you’re currently eating the Standard American Diet, it can still be a lot to take in, right? But, clearly you came here looking for ways to eat healthy, so I don’t want you to leave discouraged.
My advice? Take baby steps to healthy eating. You don’t have to change everything about the way you live overnight. I don’t know about you, but that always sets me up for failure.
Start by making one change. Maybe this week you buy some coconut oil instead of your canola oil and give it a try. (tip: start with the refined coconut oil, which has less flavor).
Next week, you can pick one type of processed food to replace. Do you normally get a box of cereal? Try oatmeal or granola!
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It’s a process.
I started making switches like these years ago when my oldest was just starting to eat real food. The changes didn’t happen over night, but after awhile, the differences were huge! Pretty soon, soda burned my throat. Fast food left my stomach in knots. I could tell the difference in how I felt after eating junk food.
It’s a gentler approach, but one that can work long term. If you’re looking for ways to eat healthy and improve your overall health, you don’t have to subscribe to fads or buy expensive “health supplements.” It really can be as simple as eating real food, ditching overly processed foods, and eating more greens.
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