When making the decision to live a healthy lifestyle, it is a good idea to acknowledge the importance of consuming natural, organic foods and natural ingredients rather than overly processed foods. Processed food is a mystery. When consuming a bag of potato chips or cookies, what are we really eating? We don’t always know. There are usually several ingredients on the label that we cannot even pronounce correctly. Likely, ingesting preservatives that we don’t know the names of are only harming our bodies, not improving our health.
To obtain the most benefit from a healthy lifestyle change, get rid of the packaged foods and consume whole, natural foods that are locally sourced, when possible. Here’s why:
Healthy Snacking and Weight Control
Avoiding extreme hunger increases the likelihood that you’ll pick the healthy snack rather than raiding the doughnut box in the break room or overeating at meals.
Megan Mullin, a nutritionist at Canyon Ranch SpaClub in Las Vegas, recommends that her clients eat small meals every three to five hours and that they resist the urge to overeat.
“The easy part is the frequent meals; the hard part is keeping them small. We are used to big meals,” says Mullin. She recommends eating more during active times of the day: “If you can match your intake with your output, you’ll be better off with your weight-control goals.”
Another key is to keep healthy snacks on hand. “The best way to avoid eating food that you shouldn’t is to not keep any around,” says Dr. Redberg. “For the same reason you’re not supposed to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry — you buy a lot of stuff you really shouldn’t.”