3 Personal Dietary Changes

Fresh Veggie Pasta Sauce

Fresh Veggie Pasta Sauce

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

3 Comments on “3 Personal Dietary Changes”

  1. April says:

    I really need to start watching the HFCS but it is something I constantly forget about. It is really hard-you’re right!

  2. Kelly says:

    Ok, so I decided I’m going to try this for a month… :-)
    I’m guessing the 7-9 servings of fruit and veg mean fresh, raw? Do cooked veggies count at all?

  3. .ambre. says:

    Cooked counts too, Kelly. Some veggies should be eaten with fats (butter) to better absorb their nutrients- the beta carotene in carrots for example. Good luck!

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