Along with exercise, healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do for your body. What you put in your body effects many different aspects of your health: your energy level, your risk for certain diseases, and how well you sleep at night, just to name a few. It can be challenging to change your eating habits all at once, so here are some tips to help you make a smooth transition to healthy eating.
Drink More Water
One of the simplest (and cheapest) ways to start your path to healthier eating is by drinking more water. If you drink soda on a daily basis, start now by switching most of your soda intake (or all) out with water. Water is the most important nutrient that our body needs. Drinking more water will help fuel your day, keep you fuller longer and give you the hydration you need.
Snack on Fruits and Veggies
Make it a habit to eat at least one fruit or veggie with every meal. Most American’s don’t get anywhere near the recommended daily value for fruits and veggies which is between 5-13 servings a day depending on your age and if you are maleor female. If you don’t like fruits or veggies plain, try dipping them in your favorite yogurt or salad dressing. Smoothies are a great way to pack in fruits and veggies. Check out our Pinterest board for some great smoothie recipes.
Add More Whole Grains
Try switching out white bread for whole wheat bread. There are many breads out there that are labeled as “whole grain” or “multi-grain," but this doesn’t mean they are made with 100% whole wheat and many of them are full of added sugar. Make sure the first ingredient is whole wheat flour and look for breads that have a few simple ingredients. Another way to make the switch to whole grains is to swap out white rice for brown rice or quinoa.
Eating a healthy breakfast will help start your day off right with energy to keep you going. That being said, not every breakfast is created equal; eating donuts everyday is not quite what we’re talking about. Instead try a whole grain english muffin toasted and toped with a scrambled egg, and fruit on the side. Another great breakfast option is oatmeal topped with your favorite fruit. Just remember to steer clear of the pre packaged varieties that are filled with added sugar.
Eat Less Red Meat
If you are in the habit of eating burgers and steaks a couple times a week, try and switch those nights out with a veggie burger or grilled chicken. Red meat is full of fat and isn’t good for your health when eaten on a regular weekly basis. Also, try and reserve a night or two a week for a vegetarian meal. We love this tomato bisque soup from melskitchencafe.com.
At Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle, LLC we are here to help you with all your foot care needs, which includes helping you achieve a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Evan Merrill is ready to help you today! Call our office at 541-776-3338 or make an appointment online.