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Three Easy Ways to Eat Better

When life is hectic, it’s hard to eat healthily. It’s the little things that make a big difference in the long run, whether you’re trying to lose weight or just eat healthier. Here are 3 easy ways you can eat better.

1) Avoid the temptation of Junk food by not buying it.

Ditch the chips!

When you’re stressed or just flat out exhausted, it’s easy to camp out on the couch with your favorite bag of chips. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of binge-watching every now and then. It’s the chips that are the real problem here. You know you shouldn’t snack on the whole bag in one sitting, but you do it anyway because the temptation is too strong. It’s even harder to avoid snacking on junk food when you’re a parent. Your kids love delicious goodies like cheese puffs and pastries. Sure it’s not great for them, but they can afford the calories because after all, they’re young!

Kids or not, there’s a simple way to avoid junk food. Just don’t buy it! That’s way easier said than done, but when you’re going down the grocery aisles and see a tasty treat, just tell yourself no. Browse the alternatives instead. Consider baked chips, dried fruit chips, or just popcorn. The fewer calories, the better. Do your kids love ice cream? Buy frozen yogurt instead. Chance are, they won’t know the difference! Just consider the alternatives and avoid temptation entirely by not buying what you know you should eat!

2) Use a smaller plate!

Big plate, big difference!

When you have a big plate or bowl, you want to fill it. That’s why portion control is a vital part of losing weight. Measuring out your meal calorie for calorie, cup to cup is too tedious when you’re in a rush. Let the plate or bowl do the hard work. Use smaller plates and bowls to gauge how much you eat. It’s not a unit of measurement but helps in the long. Filling up a small plate is just as satisfying as filling up a big one, just with fewer calories!

3) Make fruits and veggies mandatory for every meal.

Always eat your veggies!

We’ve all heard it before, “eat your fruits and vegetables.” Whether you’re 8 or 28, fruits and veggies are always part of an important daily diet. They’re full of vitamins and minerals you’re body needs to run smoothly. Eat a banana with your toast in the morning, a salad at lunch, and broccoli at dinner. Admittedly, fruits tend to be tastier than veggies. If you aren’t a veggie fan, consider looking into recipes that spice things up a little bite. Baked asparagus tossed in a little olive oil with a dash of salt and pepper might just change your mind when it comes to the vegetable world. You don’t have to go vegan or vegetarian. Just add a little color to every meal.

All three of these tips can make a difference over time. Ultimately, it’s about making little life changes and altering some habits. Don’t forget that you’re the one who has the power to change the way you eat. Practice self-control, stay motivated and be patient. After all, life changes don’t happen overnight!

Small Plates: A Meal Portioning Hack

Chances are, you’ve heard this before. Using a smaller plate can help you lose weight. The truth is, small plates and bowls aren’t an end all be all. It’s about altering a small habit. Think about it this way. When you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, which plate are you grabbing? The big one or the small one? Of course, you want to try a little bit of everything. There’s tons of room on that plate for everything too. But, you end up getting and eating too much. By the time your plate is empty, you’re full. There’s no more room in your belly for the other tasty foods you didn’t get to try at the buffet. Your eyes were too big for your stomach.

That’s the concept behind portioning. When you have a big plate or bowl, you want to fill it up as much as you can. The bigger the eating surface, the more calories you eat. Naturally, most of us aren’t food experts. We don’t know exactly how much to eat or how many calories we’re consuming. That’s where the little plate comes in handy. Filling that small plate up with food is just as visually satisfying as filling up a big one. The less you consume, the more likely you are to lose weight over time.

Keep in mind that eating off a small plate isn’t an exhaust for seconds. Eating two full small plates might just be worse than eating a large one. As always, losing weight and getting healthier is a matter of habit changing and self-control. Use a smaller plate to simplify meal portioning. Don’t go back for seconds. Your body will thank you in the long run!

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