Healthy Eating Tips

It’s easy to do better

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Kathryn Clark, Contributor

Eating healthy can be hard. Between sports, school, work and other activities, it is even more difficult. No one has time to slice up carrot sticks and find a matching Tupperware top for the ranch dressing to go in. Grabbing a bag of chips is so much easier, and Wendy’s is the go to place after a sports game. However, there are ways to eat healthier that do not require much time or thought. Betterhealth.gov suggests:

  • Cutting back on drinks high in sugar and laying off the energy sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade etc.) Water may seem bland, but you can spice it up by adding some lemon, orange or even cucumber.
  • Always eating breakfast. If you skip breakfast you are more likely to overeat throughout the day. It makes that bag of chips even more tempting.
  • Reducing the size of your meals. Even though Wendy’s isn’t the best choice, try easing off of it in baby steps. Maybe, instead of the 10 piece chicken nugget and large fry, try a 4-piece and apple slices.
  • Switching up the places you eat. Maybe instead of going straight to a fast food restaurant, try whipping up something at home. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Healthy eating does not mean you have to be a healthy food guru. It’s all about moderation. Be smart about what you eat. Find time in your busy schedule to snack on something healthy. A piece of fruit or a small bag of nuts is suggested. As tempting as that whole sleeve of Oreos is, go to something better, or at least only eat a few.  It is all mental. Be strong and resist the Oreos.

 

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