Over the past 30 years, obesity rates have been increasing steadily. During this same time, there has been a significant rise in the amount of calories we consume in the form of fast food, convenience store food, and the many other snacks we eat away from home. This type of food is more commonly called junk food.
If you are on a tight budget, finding healthy foods to eat may seem like a challenge. As tempting as all that junk food out there may sound, it really can be cheaper, to eat healthy food prepared at home. And with a little imagination and experimenting with herbs and spices it will taste better as well. The key to healthier eating is to have more healthy foods available to eat at home. Stop going to the drive-thru and get the pre-packaged, over processed foods out of your kitchen. Get yourself over to your local grocery store and start buying whole, healthy foods that you can prepare at home with whatever kitchen resources you have there.
Increasing your consumption of whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, will actually make your food selections in general much simpler. If the foods you are buying contains more than 5 ingredients and includes a lot of unfamiliar, unpronounceable items, you may want to reconsider buying them. Counting calories, carbs, or fat grams won’t be as necessary when you select foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry. Finding healthy foods to eat at the grocery store is pretty simple. They are more often found in the “fresh food” sections like the produce and refrigerated meat and fish departments. The frozen and dry aisles also contain good healthy foods, but there are many unhealthy distractions there as well.
Healthy foods to have available at home to cook with include whole foods (food in its most natural state), fruits and vegetables, dairy products (low fat milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs), seafood, lean cuts of pork, beef and chicken, naturally sweetened whole juices and lots of water.
The kind of foods to avoid if you serious about eating healthy food include refined grains (white flour or white rice), refined white sugar, any form of corn syrup and anything out of a box that contains more than 5 ingredients.
Making the switch to eating healthy food requires a change in mindset, along with some imagination and preparation. It helps to make a weekly meal plan, and from that a good, organized grocery list to take to the store with you. This will help keep you focused and cut down on the number of trips you make to the grocery store.
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