Easy Ways to Eat Healthier

Posted December 26, 2013 by Vivian Doan in Life After Five
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Are you ready for 2014? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Like most people, you probably want to lose weight, work out more, and eat healthier? Research from the University of Scranton show that more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, unfortunately, only 8% achieve their goals. If you want to eat healthier – there are easy ways to achieve this goal that you can fit into your everyday life.

Eating healthy can also aid in your goals of losing weight if you are also working out.  Not only that, but you will be more energized, feel better overall and perform better during your workouts. It doesn’t have to be a chore and can be enjoyable and effortless.

Here are a few easy ways to eat healthier in 2014 and beyond:

  1. Start your days with a protein-packed breakfast: Every morning, eat breakfast with approximately 20-30 grams of protein. Protein keeps you full so that you will cut down on snacking throughout the day. It fuels your muscles for your workouts, and aids in keeping a lean physique. You will also crave less sugar and carbs and a high-protein meal can actually increase your metabolism (since it is harder to break down than carbohydrates).
  2. Eat veggies at every meal: Check out your local farmer’s markets for in-season vegetables, they are more affordable and taste better. With so many options, find your favorites, and add them to salads, stir fries, omelets, and smoothies.
  3. Always have healthy snacks with you: The saying out of mind, out of sight rings true here. If you have nothing but junk food around, you will grab that bag of chips even if you aren’t hungry. Keep the junk food out of sight and replace them with healthy snacks. A few easy ideas include: fresh fruit, carrot and celery sticks, hard-boiled eggs, almonds and other nuts.
  4.  Enjoy your favorite foods in moderation: If you are craving a chocolate chip cookie or burger – eat them. It is better to limit and have control over your portions rather than cutting your favorite foods out completely. It’s important to have a healthy relationship with your food. By completely cutting something out, you are more likely to binge eat later on. Enjoy yourself, especially during the holidays, but remember self-control.

About the Author

Vivian Doan

Vivian Doan is a globetrotting foodie that balances her endless appetite with fitness and a healthy lifestyle. She is a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer (NASM), former Bar Method instructor, and certified in TRX Suspension Training and INSANITY. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego and completed her Masters at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Originally from Southern California, Vivian is currently anchored in New York City as a Public Relations & Marketing Consultant for lifestyle brands.