If someone were to ask me what the top three things were that I would recommend someone to change when making a change for healthier eating (wait a minute- someone did ask me this!) this would be my answer:
- Cut out all High Fructose Corn Syrup. Is this hard? Yes. Is the stuff hidden in just about everything? Yes. Is it going to make a large difference in your health? Most certainly.
- Cut out all hydrogenated oils. Is this hard? Harder than you would think. Even if a package claims (always be wary of packages that claim something!) to contain 0 TransFats, read the ingredient list. If the word “hydrogenated” is found anywhere they are lying to you. Technically, if a product has less that .5 grams trans fat they can claim it has none, but a lot of .25 grams throughout your day can really add up! Will cutting these up result in your body thanking you down the road? Yep.
- Eat seven to nine servings of fruits and veggies a day. Is this hard? No. It may sound like a lot, but for most fruits and veggies a serving is considered to be a handful to half a cup. That means that if you start your meal with a salad served in a big bowl vs. a cereal bowl that you could easily knock out around five servings there alone! Another easy way to get a lot of fruit and veggie servings in is to blend a bunch of stuff up into yummy tasting Green Smoothies. You’d be amazed what you can hide in a smoothie! Will you get more energy, eat less crappy food, have all around better health if you make it a point to do this? You bet your green smoothie mustache you will!
Doing these three things has made a real difference in my family in the last few months. The first month we did this my husband and I both watched five pounds slide off with no other changes (like exercise or portion control).
So, that’s my answer.
What about you? What are your top three lifestyle change recommendations?