Tips To Eat Healthier

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Eating healthy is so important for a number of reasons, most of which you have probably heard many times before. Healthy, clean, natural, unprocessed foods keep your body working in tip-top shape, helping you to stay at your physical and mental best. I don't have to tell you how important this is for an active person. Fueling your body and your mind with healthy foods will help you to push farther, and stay strong through your workout, hike, or just your daily life in general.

But eating healthy can be a challenging undertaking. Processed foods are so readily available, and it can be so much easier to pop a microwaveable meal in then to prepare a healthy, clean meal from scratch. Cooking takes time. Plus it can be hard to know what to make!

I have learned a few little tips that make it a bit easier to stay on track and keep away from the tempting ease and tastiness of processed foods. Hopefully they will be of some help to you as well!

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  • PLAN AHEAD. This is, in my opinion, the most important tip. Plan ahead before you go grocery shopping so that you know exactly what ingredients and food items you need. Make a list, and stick to it! Going into a grocery store without a plan is a dangerous thing. Plan out the meals you want to make, and get ingredients that you need for those meals. Make a list of healthy snacks to keep on hand in case you get a craving or burst of hunger throughout your day. Plan out your meals for the week. Plan, plan, plan. And stick to it!
  • PREPARE. I have found it to be very helpful to prepare food and snacks ahead of time to have handy throughout the week. For example, I always keep a big Tupperware full of washed red lettuce leaves and sliced red onions. That way, if I'm hungry, I can grab a handful of this mixture out of the Tupperware, add a bit of home-made salad dressing, and voila! A healthy, easy, fast snack! You can also prepare meat, such as ground beef or turkey and have it ready in your fridge to mix up with some grilled veggies. Easy, fast, and tasty. Just like processed food...BUT HEALTHY!
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    • KEEP SNACKS HANDY. If you are like me at all, then you need to always have access to food. I graze throughout the day and am pretty much constantly hungry. It is important for me to carry snacks with me wherever I go, or else I get fatigued, cranky, and sick feeling. I have found that carrying a few healthy snack bars - such as Larabars, Kind bars, and Caveman bars - is the easiest way to ensure that healthy food is always at the ready. This ties into the PLAN AHEAD tip - think ahead about what your day holds for you, and then plan your snack-packing accordingly. If you'll be out for a long time, pack a lunch, like this healthy Turkey Pita Sandwich.
    • DRINK WATER. You may or may not already know it, but often times when you feel like you are hungry, you are actually thirsty. Confusing, I know. But it's just another great motivation to always have a bottle of water with you and drink drink drink. Hydration is so important to make sure that your body functions the way that it should. Being hydrated ensures that your skin will be glowy and you will have more energy for all of your adventures!