Healthier eating doesn't have to mean a drastic change in lifestyle - sometimes, simple adjustments can have a big impact. Here are 5 quick fixes.
Studies have shown that whether it’s a kitchen or an office, clutter often leads to the increased consumption of unhealthy snacks. (First items to toss when you’re cleaning? Those unhealthy snacks.)
Make Healthy Snacks Visible
Get at least seven hours of sleep a night. When you’re tired or rundown, you’re more likely to reach for food you think will be an energy boost, like empty-calorie-packed lattes from Starbucks. Of course, sometimes a restful night just isn't possible (cough teenagers cough). If you need a pick-me-up, opt for dried fruit, a few peanut M&Ms or some Living Juice.
You don’t have to be a packaged food snob – there are times you just might not have time to whip up something fresh – but be choosy. Read labels carefully, since packaged foods are notoriously filled with unhealthy fats, sugar and salt. With a little frozen food aisle sleuthing, it is possible to find offerings high in fiber, with whole grains and vegetables.
Make Food your Focus
Whether it’s a meal or a snack, make your food your focus. Eating while scrolling through Facebook or watching TV makes you less aware of when you’re full, or how many calories you’re consuming. Savor your sustenance!