4 Easy Tips to Shatter the Confusion about What You Eat
Are you confused about what to eat? Many people are.
We know that sugar is bad for our health, and can cause obesity, diabetes, and inflammation. One simple solution may be to read food labels in order to choose items that don’t have sugar. So when we see dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, cane juice, cane crystals, barley malt syrup and treacle, we think, “Great, no sugar!” Unfortunately, these ingredients are sugar in disguise and can cause the same problems.
And not only is your breakfast cereal packed with sugar, so is your favorite pasta sauce, peanut butter, crackers and ketchup.
Tip #1: Sugar sneaks into your food! Eliminate it in all its disguises.
Many of us are also confused about how best to lose weight. Though our goal is to lose weight and keep it off, most of us don’t. We go on diets like South Beach, Adkins or Zone, initially lose weight but when we return to “normal” eating we gain the weight back and even more.
Research shows that food cravings occur in 58-97% of adults, whether on a diet or not. Most of us have found that when we deprive ourselves of what we want, we all too often find ourselves overindulging. Instead…
Tip #2: Try the old 80-20 rule: eat 80% of foods that give you energy, strengthen your immune system, and help your mind stay sharp while indulge in 20% of foods you can enjoy without overindulging.
Since moderation does not always work for everyone…
Tip #3: Substitution is another healthy and effective tactic that can help you control cravings and lose weight.
Try some strawberries with stevia for that extra sweetness. Instead of chips, try some nuts or seeds.
There are easy ways to make even a salad delicious without feeling deprived or unsatisfied.
Start with romaine or iceberg lettuce and add spinach, mixed greens, or kale. (In just one cup of kale, you get more than the daily-recommended amount of Vitamin A which is important for your vision, skin, teeth, and bones.) And to make your salad interesting, add: watermelon and feta cheese; raisins, apples, and nuts; or tomatoes, cucumber and olives.
Tip #4: To make healthy food anything but boring and tasteless, spice it up with natural sweeteners from fruit and vegetables.
Confused about which fruits are the best for you? Here’s a chart of fruit rankings by Food Day to make the choice easy.
Ready to shatter the confusion about what you eat?
Start with these 4 tips. It’s easier than you think, more delicious than you imagine, and will last a lifetime.
Have questions or want more specific suggestions tailored to your needs? Just email me at MRisa@BeyondBodyMindSpirit.com.
I’m on your team.