Are you ready? Let’s go!

Are you ready? Let’s go! 

Our whole health is affected by what we eat; including how we think and feel. So, the question is what are you eating? Are you living to eat or eating to live? I get it! Our lives can be busy and complicated. Our work schedules, family demands, and health issues can impact our ability to stop and think about the importance of the food we eat. 

Take a moment now and think about what you eat in a typical day. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Do you find yourself skipping breakfast? 

Fun Fact: Skipping breakfast can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight and from reaching your weight loss goals. 

Let’s continue. Are your mealtimes inconsistent? Are your meals balanced? Do you find yourself snacking a lot? Are you a late-night eater?

If your responses to the questions above weren’t the best, don’t be discouraged! You can make healthy change. Consider doing the following: 

  1. Decide that you are ready to make a change. Say, I am choosing to make better choices. Invite people on your journey to keep you accountable. Committing yourself to the process will help to stay committed to the goal. 
  2. Consider doing overnight oatmeal for breakfast. One healthy meal can lead to more healthy meals. Go ahead, grab a mason jar, and fill it up. Overnight Oatmeal Recipe
  3. Drink more water and skip the juices. Juices are packed with sugar and can do a number on your metabolism and glucose level. 

Here are some other tips from the U.S Department of Agriculture: MyPlate 

  • Using spices or herbs, such as dill, chili powder, paprika, or cumin, and lemon or lime juice, can add flavor without adding salt.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain! Pop a bag of low-fat or fat-free popcorn for a healthier snack.
  • To meet your fruit goal—keep fresh fruit rinsed and where you can see it. Reach for a piece when you need a snack.
  • Vegetables go well with a dip or dressing. Try a low-fat dip or hummus with raw broccoli, red and yellow peppers, sugar snap peas, celery, cherry tomatoes or cauliflower.

Keithia Bryan is the Clinical Services and Operations Manager at Monarch Health Services Inc. She is a RN who enjoys traveling, music, and reading.

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