It's funny how such small changes to my eating habits have made such a huge difference...
1) I eat a lot of grilled foods instead of fried foods now. Grilled meat such as chicken and fish can be so delicious and flavorful. Just cook it slow so you don't make the meat dry, and use the right seasonings. There are a lot of really healthy seasonings that can make grilled meats taste much better than anything deep friend.
I like to use just 2 tsp. of olive oil to cook my meat in, it's very tasty. In small amounts olive oil can actually be VERY good for you. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, which is very good for your heart, and can actually help prevent coronary heart disease. I also like to use lemon juice, it adds a lot of flavor to food without adding calories. Things like Lemon Pepper and Season Salt can also be very tasty, just make sure not to go to crazy, you don't want to make your meal a sodium nightmare (I'll write more on sodium at a later date).
2) I drink lots and lots of water, and not so many sodas (even diet). There are so many reasons not to drink that soda, first of all caffeine stimulates your appetite, making you more likely to overeat and more likely to snack. Second, drinking soda instead of water leaves your body dehydrated, when you are dehydrated you can often mistake thirst for hunger, causing you to eat when what your body really wants is hydration. Third of all they found in a recent study that diet soda can spike your blood sugar (even though it's calorie free) and, to quote them...In the January 16, 2009 issue of Diabetes Care, a group of analysts reviewing the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis found that "Daily consumption of diet soda was associated with… a 67% greater relative risk of… Type 2 diabetes compared to non-consumption." They said the increased diabetes was not due to increased weight, although that happened too. "Associations between diet soda consumption and Type 2 diabetes were independent of baseline measures of adiposity or changes in these measures.
67% sounds pretty high to me, and take it from someone who knows, you do NOT want diabetes ever! It can make your life quite miserable.
3) I also eat out a lot less. Fast food can be so tricky when you are trying to eat healthy. It can be confusing, tempting, and you never know what they are putting in it, or how they are preparing it, the more you can eat home cooked meals, the better. If you are pressed for time, well certain microwave dinners are not to bad, just stick to things like Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice or Smart Ones, and be sure to check the label on them, for instance anything over 40 carbs is pretty bad. There is also a guy here on DeviantArt that is doing a project called Quick Food, not Fast Food, you can check it out here.. majnouna.deviantart.com/galler…
. It's fast, easy, healthy recipes that are great when you are pressed for time. I think they are great period to be honest, because when I am just cooking for myself I don't like to spend to much time in the kitchen.
4) When I eat out, I make better choices. Eat that grilled chicken sandwich instead of the fried chicken. Choose sandwiches without bacon or thick, creamy sauces. Get them to take the mayo off, and instead add mustard, or honey mustard. Do your research and plan what you are going to eat before you go out, it will help you stay on track. Instead of large fries, go for the small, it can make a huge difference.
Well I have gone on for long enough. I will write more later, I have so much more to say. c: Choosing the right foods can be hard, especially here in "fatty" America, but I'm determined to be a healthier, better person. I know I can do it, and am, step by tiny step.