Eat Healthy with bistroMD and These 4 Simple Tips
Have you tried every fad diet on the market without any success? Or maybe your doctor told you that if you don’t eat healthy, you could develop a serious medical condition like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity or cancer? Or maybe you are just looking for tips on how to eat healthy and improve your overall quality of life. Whatever the reason, eating healthy is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for your body. With processed foods and fast foods filling our bellies, the added stresses of life, and the growing rates of obesity, taking preventative steps toward a healthy life is a smart and responsible idea.
If this sounds like a wake-up call, the following tips will help you eat healthy and improve your health.
Pay attention to portion sizes. Do you usually fill your plate until it’s hard to balance and your food is nearly tipping over onto the floor? Or do you carefully choose what you eat so you never consume more than 200 calories a meal? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, chances are, you are not following proper portion size guidelines. But don’t beat yourself up. It’s easy to overestimate or underestimate the amount of food you have on your plate. Common foods that are eaten out of proportion include food bought at restaurants; movie theater snacks; and prepackaged non-single serving food such as extra-large bags of chips, trail mixes and seeds. Click on this link for a visual representation of oversized portions. To eat healthy follow the serving suggestions provided here.
Shake the salt. Even if you are conscious about the amount of salt you add to your meals, the majority of salt in our diet comes from processed foods anyways. Foods such as breads, chips, popcorn, bagels, muffins, cakes, deli meat, breakfast meats and sauces can be very high in sodium. So the next time you reach for the salt shaker, check the nutritional information for its sodium content beforehand and limit your processed foods!
Don’t drink your calories. Soda, juice, coffee, tea, smoothies, sports drinks, energy drinks and alcohol can all taste great, but they can also add tons of extra calories to your day. For example, drinking one 140 calorie soda every day for a year could lead to a weight gain of almost fifteen pounds. So to eat healthy, you should mostly consume water, but if you cannot live without your caloric drinks, make sure you are burning off the extra calories with physical activity.
Protein. Protein. Protein. Do you have cereal in the morning, followed by stir-fried rice for lunch and pasta at dinner? If you do or if you are constantly feeling hungry and tired, you are probably not eating enough protein. Make sure you eat healthy and have protein at every meal and snack. Examples of protein include eggs, dairy, meat, seafood, beans, soy and protein powders. By simply incorporating more protein into your diet you can feel fuller longer, eat fewer calories and have more energy throughout the day.
Rise up and make those changes
Start today: watch your portions, limit your salt intake, watch what you drink and add more protein into your diet. By following these simple suggestions, you can eat healthy, lose weight, decrease your risk for certain diseases and improve your quality of life.
Do I have any other options for my busy schedule?
If you’re looking for something fast and convenient without the hassle of going to the grocery store, bistroMD offers a diet delivery program that can help you develop healthy eating habits and lose weight. We cook with the freshest ingredients and have over 200 recipes and a customizable menu so you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.
We have a men and a women’s program with the option to receive five-or-seven-days’ worth of healthy meals delivered to your door. The seven day option comes with the My Night feature, your one night a week to just kick back and relax.
The two programs range from $130-$160 and EATS, our essential and tasty snacks are just $1.50 per snack. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.