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Changing Your Eating Habits

If you’re ready to get serious about weight loss, you may need to make small changes to how you view and interact with food. The good news is that many of the modifications are easy to implement, and you’ll soon be able to adopt them into your regular daily life. Here are a few ideas to try.

Re-think how you prepare your food

In some cases, what you’re eating may not be the culprit. It can be the ingredients that are used to prepare it. Avoiding deep-fried foods is a good first step. Use heart-healthy olive oil in place of butter for your sautéing needs, and make sure to use only a few teaspoons. In many cases you can even use nonstick cooking spray. The idea is to use just enough to cook your food rather than pouring it on for extra flavor. Baking, grilling, roasting, broiling and steaming are other great ways to cook healthy meals. With the right cooking techniques, foods can be delicious and satisfying which will allow you to stay on track.

Try new spices

If you are like most people, you may be consuming too much salt. Consuming excess salt can cause your body to retain water, which could add excess “water weight” onto your physique. Instead of using salt to season your dishes, try other spices like garlic, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika or nutmeg. Herbs like dill, rosemary, basil, tarragon and oregano can also add a flavorful punch to your dishes without all the unnecessary salt. Check the sodium content in prepackaged spice mixes before you buy them too, as they can contain more salt than you realize.

Stick to your grocery list

If you have every intention of improving your diet, it’s important to make a grocery list and stick to it. When you’re wandering the aisles of the grocery store, you may be tempted to buy something you shouldn’t, and having a list in your hand can help relieve the temptation. It will act as a reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish and help you keep your healthy eating goals in sight.

Find a new way to manage stress

Many people turn to food for comfort, which can make it easy to pack on the pounds when life is stressful. If this sounds like something you do, it’s time to find a new way to manage your feelings. Stress eating is common for many and can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. It can cause people to let their ‘healthy guard’ down, make poor or unplanned food choices, and even eat when they are not hungry. Instead of poking around the pantry, try more effective stress- relieving methods like going for a walk, talking to a friend or family member, taking a bubble bath, participating in a yoga class, or trying deep breathing exercises. You’ll be able to clear your head without derailing all the great progress you’ve made toward a leaner, healthier you.

It’s never too early—or too late—to begin healthy eating habits. Using the right cooking techniques, sticking to your grocery list and managing stress are just a few of the changes you can make today.