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Five Simple Ways to Make Healthier Food Choices

I am trying to take better care of myself and be more diligent about the healthy choices I can make where foods are concerned.

There are five simple changes that we all can make, that will help us all to eat a bit healthier:

1. Increase vegetable and fruit intake. By eating vegetables and fruits with lower calories, but high in nutrients, we eat more fiber. This fills us up and keeps us satisfied for a longer period of time. We must take care, however, to wash everything we eat, even melons. When we cut into them, we drag any bacteria on the outside to the flesh with our knives.

2. Eat more whole grains . The more refined the grain, the less benefit to our bodies. Whole grains give us more nutrients and, like fresh fruits and vegetables, keep us feeling full longer.

3. Eat foods without added sugar or salt. If you must add, use these two ingredients sparingly.

4. Limit the amount of saturated fats ingested in meats, cheeses and butter. Include more of the healthy fatty fish, nuts and olive oil.

5. Look at the ingredient list on all processed foods before buying them. There can be an incredible amount of sodium, fat and sugar in them. If these ingredients are listed at the top of the list, avoid them. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients on the list, then stay away from them either, as these are chemicals that you do not need.

We must become more aware of what we put into our bodies and allow our children to eat, as well. These simple changes may make a big difference.

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© Copyright 2015 Coral Levang - All Rights Reserved.

Adapted from the original, Healthy Food Choices Can Be Quite Simple , May 26, 2014 on Bubblews, and later removed by the author.

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Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:30 PM

I find including enough whole grains in my daily intake is difficult. I've made the switch from white rice to brown, but certainly don't want to eat that every day. Popcorn is one solution -- as long as it isn't then full of butter and salt.

BarbRad wrote on September 17, 2015, 1:34 AM

I have been implementing most of these changes for some time. I can't seem to give up chocolate, though.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:46 AM

Good advice Coral. I´m terrible at sticking to a healthy diet mainly because I live alone and often just plump for something easier rather than nutritious.

Rufuszen wrote on September 17, 2015, 5:02 AM

I avoid process and pre-prepared food as much as possible. Being a choc-aholic, it's hard, but I swap for fruit.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 5:58 AM

Feisty56 I fully understand. I eat popcorn usually 4-5 times a week; brown rice 3-4 times a week; oats (not instant) 3-4 times a week; barley 1-2 times a week; quinoa 2-3 times a week. It took some time, but I started slowly. I will often have a pot of oatmeal in my fridge; cooked rice, as well. I started there.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 5:58 AM

BarbRad We all have our guilty pleasures, for sure!

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 5:59 AM

Hollyhocks100 As do I, Anne. I try to do better, but it can be difficult. I'm trying not to buy the things that are horrible for me.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:01 AM

*nods* Rufuszen It is difficult, at times, to get past the habits, but I did little bits at a time.

markgraham wrote on September 17, 2015, 1:05 PM

We are what we eat. The power to you for for wanting to eat healthier. I like fried and greasy foods every once in awhile and sweets.

Squidwhisperer wrote on September 17, 2015, 9:46 PM

Sitting here in Nova Scotia in local blueberry/kale harvest heaven the past couple weeks... If I had my wits about me, I'd be investigating how to grow a walnut and an almond tree. Must be the on=going drought in California that\s put the cost through the roof...

CoralLevang wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:59 AM

I love fried and greasy foods, as well as sweets, but since I now realize the affect it has on my gut, especially since I was diagnosed 3 years ago, I am aware of how it makes my life a living hell, sometimes.

CoralLevang wrote on September 18, 2015, 4:00 AM

blueberries and kale.... two of my favorite things in the whole world.

I know what you mean with the walnuts/almonds. I still find raw almonds for about $6 a pound in one place.

AliCanary wrote on September 18, 2015, 12:52 PM

I had been better about eating more fruits and vegetables, but over the past week, I have had too much fast food, and it shows on the scale. Back to broccoli and bananas!

MegL wrote on September 20, 2015, 1:36 AM

I have had to explain this to my granddaughter, who is 9 years old. She eats too many sweets (candy) (NOT in my house) and was becoming "smelly", so I explained in simple terms about fibre (fiber) and the need for it and also the need not to eat too much rubbish

CoralLevang wrote on September 20, 2015, 1:19 PM

I, too, have crept up about 5 pounds in the past few weeks. Salad and protein for me.

CoralLevang wrote on September 20, 2015, 1:21 PM

I am "smelly," and I still eat healthy, but it's because of what my metabolism has been like all these years. Only 3 years ago, did I understand why.
LOL Now I have something better to blame it on. emoticon :winking: