Here is my suggestion for healthy eating goals and good nutrition in general!
Stick with the "fab five" most of the time for healthy eating goals
- Lean Meats, Eggs, and Seafood
- Whole Grains
- Healthy Fats including oils, legumes, nuts, and seeds
Stick with whole foods, or what I refer to as the "fab 5" most of the time. I aim for the 80/20 rule: 80% whole foods and 20% other.
When eating processed foods, choose the healthier version
Prepackaged foods are convenient and can be a part of meeting healthy eating goals. And thanks for technology and innovation in the food industry, there are a lot of brands these days that make products with clean ingredients that are genuinely better for you than what you might normally think of processed foods being. You won't always have time or be in the right place to prepare whole foods.
When eating processed or packaged foods, go for the minimally processed ones like greek yogurt, frozen fruits and veggies, and canned beans without added ingredients. If you are reaching for things like crackers or chips, be mindful of the ingredients and nutrition .
Create healthy eating pattern that you can maintain! Stick with majority whole foods and choose the right processed options.
Add a Sprinkle of Indulgence
Yes, eat healthy. Because this is what fuels your body and gives you energy, helps you maintain a healthy weight, prevents chronic illness, gives you a healthier skin, and keeps your mind healthy. But also, eat your favorite foods and throw nutrition to the wind now and then. Relax! It's ok to indulge within reason. Life is meant to be enjoyed and food is part of that.
I want you to have a healthy eating pattern that you can actually maintain so that you can meet your healthy eating goals. And as always, honor your own dietary preferences and requirements based on your personal health. This is simply my general recommendation!
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