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There are so any ways to create changes in your diet and set yourself up for success in healthy living. There’s no doubt that it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to these changes with so many options. Let me hit you with what you really need to know. Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Healthy eating is not about . Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and stabilising your mood. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. Learning the habits of healthy eating can boost your energy, sharpen your memory and stabilise your mood. You can expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a satisfying routine.

You want to keep your dieting simple. When you are starting a diet, there is no need to overwhelm yourself with a thousand new recipes and trends. Take your time and work your way up. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of colour, variety, and freshness. This way it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.

Food is food, so do not try to limit yourself to eating only one type of food. This could cause a lot more harm than you may realise.Fruits and vegetables are great to include within your diet. Although vegetables do not have as many fans as the fruit, they are just as essential.

Eating smaller portions of food is a great practice when you are dieting. There is no sense in piling food on your plate and wasting it in the long run.

Exercise! Find something active that you like to do and add it to your day, just like you would add healthy greens, blueberries, or salmon. The benefits of lifelong exercise are abundant and regular exercise may even motivate you to make healthier food choices a habit.

Drinking water is one of the best practices of dieting. There are thousands of sugary beverages on the market that should be avoided if you really want to improve your life!

Eat with others whenever possible. Eating with other people has numerous social and emotional benefits to model healthy eating habits. Eating in front of the TV or computer often leads to mindless over eating.

Avoid eating at night. Try to consume heavier meals when you are most active and eat dinner earlier. When you do snack, choose healthy options and in the evenings look for water based fruits and vegetables to avoid bloating.

Write down your weight loss goal. If you have a certain target weight that you want to reach, write it down and put it on the front of your refrigerator. You may also want to take a picture of yourself and place it right next to your weight goal. Every time you feel like straying from your diet, they will be there to remind not to give in!

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Ama Badu
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