Eat Smarter: 3 Ways to Change Your Eating Habits

Did you know that 95% of people look for healthier options when grocery shopping?

Clean eating is a big topic these days. It can lead to a longer life, improved energy levels, and so much more.

Of course, if it was that easy to eat smarter, everyone would do it. Changing your eating habits isn't easy, but we've compiled three tips to help you jumpstart your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

3 Ways You can Eat Smarter

healthy-foodsHere are three easy ways you can eat smarter at home and at your favorite restaurant.

1. Start the Day with a Hearty Breakfast

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Some experts are still arguing about that.

But one thing we can all agree on is that you can't start your day on an empty stomach.

Before heading off to conquer the day, take a few moments out of your morning for a healthy and well-balanced breakfast. Cooking breakfast isn't as time-consuming as you might believe.

Plus, since you're starting the day with a full stomach, you'll be more productive at work. You'll also be less likely to give into snacking temptations later on.

2. Ditch the Drinks

People love to say that you are what you eat. But what about your choice in beverages?

Soda can be a major waste of calories. The standard can of Coca-Cola contains 140 calories or a little under 15% of your daily recommended calories.

Likewise, alcohol is a calorie-sink, too. It isn't uncommon for beers to have as many calories (often more) than a soda. And mixed drinks, especially if they're sweetened, are even worse.

However, there's one surprising source of sugar and calories that masquerades as a healthy drink. We're talking about juice.

It's true that juice can be a good source of vitamins and minerals. But most juice contains added sugars that more or less negate its nutritional benefits.

While you don't need to empty your fridge of all juices, it's best to treat juice like soda. Make it an occasional treat and instead stick to water for the most part.

3. Listen to Your Stomach

Whether you're snacking or eating a full-sized meal, it's important to pay attention to the signals your body sends.

In many instances, we're so accustomed to overeating that we don't realize we're full until it's too late. The result is excessive food waste and calorie consumption. Not great, to say the least.

One great trick for feeling fuller faster is to chug an eight-ounce glass of water before each meal. Water is quite filling, so in a matter of minutes, you'll start to feel full.

Eat Smarter, Feel Better: Our Final Thoughts

As we said before, it isn't always easy to eat smarter. But we hope these tips prove to be helpful.

Like anything, changing your eating habits takes time. It's okay if you stumble every now and again, as long as you're doing your best to live a healthier life.

Why not celebrate your new habits with a healthy breakfast or lunch? Get in touch today to schedule a reservation or stop on by for a hearty home-cooked meal.