1. Give up soda and juices with lots of sugar
or high fructose corn syrup and Don’t drink all your calories. Save calories and drink water, various teas (especially Green Tea!) or black coffee. Skip the whip and chocolate in your coffee…save the calories for food.
2. Eat foods that are closest to their natural state as possible
When all else fails, just aim to eat whole, fresh foods in a rainbow of colors.
3. Eat alkaline-promoting foods
Research suggests that eating too many acidic foods can damage our lungs and kidneys. Balance out the acidity with foods that promote an alkaline body environment. Eat lots of root vegetables, calciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, leafy greens, garlic, cayenne peppers, and lemons and limes (yes, they seem acidic but lemons and limes actually help to alkaline our bodies and balance our pH).
4. Select healthier choices to have on standby
in your fridge when hunger pains or emotional eating strikes, such as a bowl of fresh strawberries or blueberries.
5. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store
The perimeter of the store is where food tends to be the healthiest and isn’t primarily packaged and processed.
6. Eat smaller portions
Portion control is one of the best things you can do for your health—especially when you are eating an indulgence food.
7. Equip yourself with healthy products to support your healthy lifestyle
New gear is always a motivation to get moving!
8. Eat slowly
Put your fork down in between bites. It sounds simple, but so often we’re all on auto-pilot and shoveling food in our mouths before our stomachs can figure out that we’re full.
9. Keep a food journal on paper, online or with an app
Tracking keeps you accountable and studies show that people who keep food journals are more successful at losing weight than those who don’t. I love the MyFitnessPal app!
10. Add protein to smoothies
I like BiPro protein as there’s no added sugars or artificial flavors.
11. Reduce the amount of processed and packaged foods you consume
Generally speaking, the fewer ingredients, the better the food.