You see it everyday as you drive into work: coffee shops, fast food restaurants, convenient stores. All kinds of places to buy food, yet when you go inside there is scarcely a healthy meal to be found. Without a doubt, trying to eat healthy while maintaining a busy a schedule is one of the most challenging aspects of keeping a nutritious diet.
The first step in choosing a healthy meal is being able to distinguish between real food and a concoction of artificial ingredients that would never exist in nature. Real food rarely comes in a box, bag or can so beware of these items when you’re shopping for groceries.
Here are Six Ways to Eat Healthy and Avoid Weight Gain
- Pass on the Potato and Pasta Sides- Most restaurants serve the main dish along with a potato, pasta or other starch, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Ask them to substitute vegetables instead, and you’ll be doing your health and weight a big favor. Most restaurants are happy to make the substitution.
- Say No to the Sauce- Most sauces contain added fattening and unhealthy sugars that you don’t need. This includes ketchup (sorry), barbecue sauce, sandwich spreads, fast food sauces, glazes and other condiments.
- Lose the Bread-No matter what the meal, you’re better off without the bread. “Sandwiches” can be made from lean meats, chicken, cheese and vegetables and wrapped in a lettuce leaf or served in a bowl with a knife and fork. And watch out for “hidden” bread in breading, toppings, stuffing even soups and salads (think crackers and croutons).
- Choose the Least Offensive Cooking Method-When you look at a menu, you can automatically eliminate choices that contain the words “fried” and” crispy.”These words mean that the food will cooked in unhealthy fatsLook for steamed, poached, slow-cooked or other light cooking methods. You will also want to strive to consume at least one-third of your food raw, as this is the form that will give you the maximum amount of nutrients.
- Drink Water - Even the most sincere efforts to eat healthy can be sabotaged if you drink a soda or another sugar-filled beverage along with your meal. Drinking pure water with your meal, as opposed to soda, fruit juice or coffee, is an easy way to stay hydrated and healthy.