You're staring at an enticing menu full of delicious choices. The angel on your right shoulder screams, "Order a salad!" while the devil on your left urges you toward the Philly cheesesteak. Eating healthy is a decision we make every day and with so many daily temptations, it's a challenge to stay on track. But don't give up! Chiro One is here to help you improve your nutrition one healthy choice at a time.
1. Add more
You might find our advice of adding food to your diet surprising, but it helps to set you up for success. Think about it: If you’re used to a bagel with cream cheese every morning and you suddenly switch to a hard-boiled egg, it’ll be a tough transition. If you slowly add something healthy in, like an apple before your bagel or a salad before your pasta lunch, then you’ll be more likely to keep the healthy addition going. Eventually, your body will begin to crave your healthy addition and you can work up to replacing the less health choice completely.
2. Eat smart
When shopping, train your eye on organic and try to make 80 percent of your purchases organic. Not only are they more nutritious, they're better for the environment, too. Find the best prices on organics by shopping for seasonal fruits and veggies at grocery stores and farmers' markets.
Free-range animal protein is packed with essential oils that we need. Animal protein shouldn't come in a wrapper, box or other package. Processed varieties are more likely to contain extra sugars or fats.
3. Watch these
Unsure of what to skip? Take a pass—or limit—your consumption of the following:
Caffeine: As Americans, we consume too much of this compound. Its overuse can lead to fatigue and sugar cravings, so keep your consumption minimal.
Sugar: Once inside the body, sugar turns to glucose, which has toxic effects. A vast amount of research is stacking up against sugar—and many experts are finding that sugar may be the culprit of inflammation, joint damage and other detrimental health issues. Break the cycle by controlling the amount of sugar in your diet.
The other "white foods": Flour, fats and white potatoes all lack nutritional value, can skyrocket your glucose levels and can contribute to weight gain. Decrease your intake of these and focus on bright-colored fruits and veggies instead.
4. Eat Your Water
Most of us understand that a healthy diet includes lots of water, but did you know you should be eating your water, too? Eating water-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, helps ease digestion and allows your body to focus on other healing functions.