Al­ways en­joy a BALANCED DIET

It is pos­si­ble to eat healthy and en­joy the foods you're eat­ing at the same time. Healthy eat­ing does not have to be a strict sys­tem that de­prives you of the food you love. The idea is to find a bal­ance in the type of foods you eat. If you're di­et­ing, you

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How to eat healthy and en­joy­ably

A. Set your­self up to ac­tu­ally suc­ceed. Plan­ning a healthy diet isn't about a dras­tic change in how you eat, but it is rather a process made up of small and sim­ple steps. For ex­am­ple, if you en­joy dough­nuts, but you want to stop eat­ing them; pro­gres­sively re­duce the amount you eat pe­ri­od­i­cally. Start slow and make small changes to your eat­ing habits. De­priv­ing your­self of a par­tic­u­lar food only makes you crave that par­tic­u­lar food more. Ev­ery change you make will im­prove your di­et­ing, it doesn't mat­ter how small.

B. Eat with mod­er­a­tion. What is mod­er­ate de­pends on your eat­ing habits. Re­mem­ber that the goal of healthy eat­ing is to de­velop a diet that you can main­tain for a life­time and not for a few weeks. Have smaller pro­por­tions (start with what you can han­dle). Re­mem­ber that it's not al­ways what you eat, but how you eat.

C. Lis­ten to your body and ask your­self if you are re­ally hun­gry at times. Have a glass of wa­ter to see if it's re­ally thirst or hunger. Dur­ing a meal, stop eat­ing be­fore you feel full; it takes a while for your brain to recog­nise that you are ac­tu­ally full. Also, avoid eat­ing late at night.

D. Have a big break­fast and eat smaller por­tions through­out the day.

E. Eat a lot of fruits and veg­eta­bles (have the ones you en­joy). They are rich in nu­tri­ents that your body needs.

F. Use and eat more healthy fats and avoid the un­healthy ones. Some healthy fats are veg­etable oils, avocado, peanut oil and olive oil.

G. Fi­nally, limit the amount of sugar and salt you eat. Sugar causes en­ergy ups and downs and can add to health and weight prob­lems.

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