5 Ways to Eat More Healthy When Eating Less Healthy

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1. Pick and Choose
Are you like me and occasionally get lured into a fast food line when you were heading somewhere else, but the flashing sign and food option displays triggered hunger pains in your stomach? Here’s what you can do. If you can’t resist, go ahead and stop. But DO NOT get the entire meal. Yes, it may be cheaper, yes it may only be 50 cents more to add fries and a drink, but don’t do it! Pick one thing (preferably not the soda that has essentially no nutritional value and is packed with sugars) and hit the gas before you can change your mind and order more.
2. Go natural/organic
I justify my “need” for at least one sweet thing at home by only buying natural or organic sweets (namely cookies for me). You’re still going to get some sugars and carbs, but usually a lot less and you can avoid artificial ingredients while you’re at it. There are a lot of health benefits to quality/natural ingredients (ex: wheat flour vs. bleached white flour, high fructose corn syrup vs. cane juice).
3. Substitute
So you have a weakness for ice cream or whip cream? I feel ya. Try substituting a flavored yogurt instead. Brown Cow and Stonyfield make some amazing vanilla and maple flavored yogurt that will make you forget all about ice cream. Are you lactose intolerant? You don’t do dairy. It’s cool. Try adding some raisins, cranberries, or fresh or dried fruit to your snack instead.
4. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
If you have a major weakness for sweets, fried foods, and other less healthy things, see how long you can go without them. Try only giving in to a craving every few days or once a week. It won’t be easy, but it will teach you discipline and restraint. Plus, when you do reward yourself, you won’t feel so guilty and the inconsistency of intake will equal less calories/fat/pounds for you.
5. Moderation
This one I’m sure you’ve heard before, but I’ll repeat it again. Eat foods that are less healthy in moderation. For example: get a small fry, eat out once a month, have only 3 cookies instead of 8, you get the idea.

I hope these tips help you if you sometimes struggle to eat healthy. I know I do. Now I have a reference to go to when I feel myself getting off track- and so do you;)

~ Evelyn

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