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6 Ways to improve your eating habits

by Chris on 02/03/2010

Being a Dad gives you a new reason to take better care of yourself. Now that there is a little human dependent on you, your health is more important then ever. Being a dad is tough work. You’ll need every mental and physical advantage if you want to survive. Improving your eating habits is one of the simplest ways go give yourself a boost of energy and change your overall lifestyle.

The key to a successful lifestyle change is to keep it simple. Don’t dive head first into a vegan diet. I’ve seen family members set the bar too high, too fast. They try to commit to a rigorous exercise routine, cutting out red meat, sweets, etc all in the same week. It comes as no surprise to see them right where they started a month later – ready to jump on the next bandwagon.

6 Simple eating tips that will improve your health

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    Eat moderate portions. If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy. Instead of that second scoop of mashed potatoes, fill the empty spot on your plate with carrots instead. Another good tip is to use a smaller plate. With less real estate to fill, you’ll force yourself to take less.

  2. Keep meals regular. Skipping meals often results in overeating and forgetting good nutrition. A light snack between meals will keep the belly full.
  3. Reduce, don’t eliminate. Sometimes we eat just because it tastes good even if it isn’t particularly healthy. Moderation is key. Instead of five cookies, maybe just have two.
  4. Balance your food choices over the day. Not every meal has to be perfect. If you have fast food for lunch, for example – choose something extra healthy for dinner.
  5. Eat more fruits and veggies. I will bet money that most of us don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. Eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and much more. Reaching for a bag of carrots rather than chips help curb unhealthy snacking habits.
  6. Reduce salt. Excessive salt can contribute to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Stop reaching for the salt shaker and examine the ingredients in processed foods. When possible, make your own meals from scratch to reduce the amount of salt you eat. Some prepared meals off a reduced sodium version, keep on the look out for those.

Too much change will do more harm than good. Not only have you wasted time (and probably money), your confidence in yourself can take a real hit. So do yourself a favor and take small steps to teach you and your family new healthy eating habits.

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{ 3 comments }

Jared March 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Thanks for the tips! These come at a really good time. My wife and I have recently joined a gym, started eating healthier, and just trying to be more healthy in general. I try to put your tips into practice!

Scott March 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Reducing is a tough thing for me. Especially with cookies. If I’m left alone with a box, it will disappear in one sitting. Why can’t I just have 5 cookies?

Mother On The Go December 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I was looking for a couple of new year resolutions to ‘actually’ follow this year and found your suggestions valid and to-the-point. Only problem, ‘I’ have to follow them!

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