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Learning to Practice Healthy Eating Habits
The world around us had taught us so many unhealthy habits that have to be unlearned all while adopting new habits that will help us live longer, healthier lives.
Restaurant portions are huge and people see getting more food for their money as a value.
What they are also getting for that value is a risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, Heartburn, an ever expanding waistline and a new closet full of clothes in a larger size.
None of these sounds very pleasant and they can often be avoided with a healthy diet (and maybe a little exercise for those who are physically capable).
Eating healthy is as simple as knowing what to put in your body, how much you need and what to avoid.
How much you should be eating is something that is determined by many factors such as age, weight, gender and activity level.
Once you know how many calories you should be eating each day it is a good idea to stay within that range to avoid weight gain.
Knowing what to eat can be tricky.
There is so much information out there telling people what is good and what is bad.
The bottom line is that most programs agree that a form of lean protein, fruits and vegetables are healthy.
It is a good idea to base your diet around these foods.
The base of your diet should be large amounts of non-starchy vegetables, a few low sugar fruits and enough protein to satisfy your body's requirements.
Other additions that can be healthy are small amounts of whole grain and dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese.
Every meal and snack should be centered on protein and a fruit or vegetable.
This will keep you full and satisfied while preventing over eating.
Non-starchy vegetables are very filling because you can eat a high volume of them for a low amount of calories.
You also get a great deal of nutrients when you eat this way.
Eat a variety of vegetables in a variety of colors.
You should aim to eat from the entire color spectrum every day.
The different colors of the vegetables tell you there are different vitamins and nutrients in each color, and you need them all.
Fruits can be a bit trickier for some people.
Fruit is full of vitamins and minerals as well, but it also has more sugar than vegetables.
While eating fruit is far healthier than some of the alternatives, you still need to choose wisely and watch your portions.
Try to load up on lower sugar fruits like berries and melon.
These fruits are lower in sugar and are the most nutritious.
Remember that the amount of calories in fruit can vary greatly depending on the size of the fruit.
A small apple has around 80 calories while a large apple can have up to 300 calories.
This is a huge difference and your really only need the small apple.
Split larger pieces of fruit with a friend or family member and keep in mind that a banana counts as two servings of fruit.
Everyone needs a treat from time to time.
Without them you are setting yourself up for failure.
Most people can only take deprivation for so long.
When you do have a treat try and swap a healthier version and keep an eye on portion size.
Frozen yogurt is a great example.
It is often healthier than its counterpart ice cream and tastes just as good.
If you are having a serious ice cream craving try having a small serving of frozen yogurt instead, you will not miss the ice cream at all.