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Over the past few years, I have had so many readers reach out to me asking: How do I start eating healthier?
Many of these readers have been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease (which we share so much information on here at Chemistry Cachet), some just want to lose weight, others want to feel better and have more energy.
No matter what your reason is, the big question is still how do I start eating healthier?
Over the next few months, we are starting a fun new guide for you called a Chemistry Based Healthy Living Guide.
Since I am chemist, I love sharing the reasoning behind why you do things plus why it is so effective. Chemistry is the base of healthy living, so this makes this particular guide super easy to follow and full of truth.
The first part of healthy living, is how do I start eating healthier. So, let’s start!
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Make Small Changes
When I began my lifestyle change 12 years ago, it started off very small! Scientist have proven this fact for decades. The smaller you start, the better success you will have in the long run. This article written for Forbes talks about how small differences make huge impacts, even when it comes to money, government, or life.
The reason small changes are successful is it makes consistency easier to achieve, which is the most important part of living healthy.
So, instead of redoing everything at once, take the scientific approach and make one change today.
The first change I made 12 years ago when I started researching more chemistry behind food and healthy living was I switched to grilled chicken. Instead of getting friend chicken or greasy hamburgers when we went out, I started always ordering grilled chicken. I said to everyone I just loved grilled chicken (which I didn’t at first, but now I love it).
This was the only thing I did for a year, but then I started doing more once I realized I could do it.
Stock Your Pantry Well
Start making change to your pantry too. These can be part of your small change. Make sure you have dozens of healthy options to grab for instead of unhealthy ones. Keep nuts, healthy protein bars, healthy chocolate, healthy cooking staples, and things like this always on hand.
We are constantly sharing the best options for packaged foods that are healthy, so be sure to follow us on Instagram.
In the healthy living class I taught last summer, this was a huge point we discussed that really made a difference for people.
Add in More Fruits and Vegetables
One of the easiest answers to how do I start eating healthier is fruits and vegetables! Natural foods like fruits and vegetables are full of so many beneficial ingredients, they should be huge part of your diet.
If you can’t stand either one, start off by doing smoothies. This was another change I started doing years ago when I wanted to change my lifestyle for rheumatoid arthritis. The chemistry in these items is so intricate and helpful for so many health issues, it is a must for healthy living.
Want to know more benefits of fruits and vegetables? Here are a few chemistry tips:
Invest in a Good Blender
The easiest way to eat more fruits and vegetables is with smoothies! A big healthy smoothie is the perfect way to start the day plus you can get all the basics like healthy fats, carbs, protein, supplements, and more in one drink.
Having a good blender is a game changer. When I started making smoothies, I had an old blender that didn’t do a good job of blending anything. Chunky smoothies are the worst! This is the one I use now and LOVE IT!!! You can do so many awesome things with this blender including food processing. It is also affordable compared to many.
Keep Healthy Drinks on Hand
Having fun drinks to sip on throughout the day will help keep your healthy eating on track too.
Start Working on Sugar
Most of our readers have told me sugar is the hardest thing for them to limit in their diet. First, read this post about natural sugar vs table sugar. There is a big difference in sugar sources, so it is important to know what is what.
Try using honey when you can. Raw honey has fantastic health benefits, read about them in this post. It is sweet and good for you too.
If you want to go sugar-free, try stevia, but make sure it is the GOOD kind. Read this important post about stevia to make sure you use the correct kind.
Eat Healthy Snacks
It is surprising how many “healthy” labeled snacks are at the store, but in reality are FAR from good.
I published this post last summer on how to read labels and what to avoid in your packaged foods. Be sure to check that post out to make sure you keep good things on hand.
Be sure to follow me on pinterest too. I am always pinning healthy tips!
Everything in Moderation
The last part of today’s post is another easier tip anyone can start today! The most important thing to remember is moderation. When I taught this healthy living class last summer, many who attended were worried about things they have eaten in the past or things they just love.
I told them, it’s okay to enjoy your favorite things occasionally. Scientifically, small doses of certain things really won’t do anything. If coke is your absolute favorite, just enjoy one once a week. Or if you love French fries, have a few once or twice a month when you go out.
With moderation also comes portion size. Just keep your portions in check with anything you indulge in and don’t worry too much about it.
My favorite thing in the world is movie theater popcorn. So when we go to the movies, my husband and I share popcorn (no butter). I just love it! But I only have it about once a month or less. It is truly my guilty pleasure 🙂
This chemistry based healthy living guide is perfect for beginners! If you have ever wondered, How do I start Eating Healthier?, then I hope this post has helped!
We have more coming up in this series, so follow us for the next installment!