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How to Eat Even Better for the Summer


Summer is coming around the corner, and new goals may be coming into play such as a obtaining a healthier lifestyle, achieving weight loss, or even just feeling better overall. Along with regular exercise, healthy food choices are necessary when trying to stay healthy overall.

Instead of seeking “reduced-fat” versions of foods that you enjoy eating, try to focus more on eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and even some whole grains. You may even find that some fruits and vegetables are more fresh and available to you at the grocery store due to the season change!

If you are relatively new to eating healthy, you can also try some of the following tips to ensure that you are eating the best food possible for your body and avoiding food allergies.

 

RAW FOODS

1. Consider trying some organic raw food. Because raw food items are not cooked, they are loaded with more vitamins and nutrients. You never have to worry about them containing heavy amounts of salt or unhealthy preservatives. The next time you are thinking about eating carrots, broccoli, or even string beans, try having them raw instead of spending the extra time cooking them and taking away the nutrients they provide.

2. Select the darker shades of lettuce. When you at the supermarket, you may see quite a few lettuce options. Instead of going with the lighter lettuce, choose the darker lettuce shades because they contain plenty more vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. For example, instead of selecting iceberg lettuce, choose kale and enjoy the benefits that come along with eating it, especially since it tastes just as good.

GOOD CARBS

3. Do not do away with all carbohydrates. You may have heard some fairly negative things about eating carbohydrates, but there are some healthy options that you can eat instead of completely removing them from your diet. If you would normally eat white rice, switch it with brown rice because it tastes just as good and is a lot healthier for you. Instead of serving white potatoes with your meal, select sweet potatoes because they offer more fiber and have even more flavor.

HYDRATION

4. Keep water with you at all times. Your body needs water or else you will start to feel dehydrated. If you do not drink enough of it, you may start to feel like you do not have enough energy. Make sure to keep a bottle of water with you wherever you go and always drink a cup of water before you start to eat a meal to keep yourself from overeating. Sometimes you may feel like you are hungry for a snack shortly after eating a meal, which usually means that your body is just thirsty. Instead of munching right away, drink the water and then see if you still feel hungry. If not, you were just a bit dehydrated and needed a refreshing beverage to help you out.

 

If you have any specific or general questions about healthy eating, do not hesitate to talk to our knowledgeable and enthusiastic health professionals about your questions or concerns. We can even provide a thorough and personal nutrition plan that is created specifically for your own lifestyle and goals.

“Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body.”

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