Eating Habits That Will Change Your Life – Shakopee Chiropractor

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Want to enjoy a happy, healthy life? Are you looking for ways to boost your immune system and prevent diseases? If yes, then you should consider changing your diet. What you eat affects how you look and feel. Some foods can boost your energy and stamina, while others make you sick, lethargic and overweight.

A well-balanced diet should include whole foods, grass-fed meat, nuts, seeds, and plenty of water. At the same time, it’s important to avoid processed foods, soda, trans fats, and sugar-laden products. So, are you ready to give it a try? Here are five eating habits that will change your life:

Cut Back on Sugar

For many, sugar has become enemy #1 in their journey to better health. This common ingredient has been called “the white poison” for a good reason. Sugar has been found to be eight times more addictive than cocaine, and thousands of studies have shown that it can be detrimental to your health in numerous ways. Sugar consumption has been linked to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, low immunity, and even cancer. Sugar speeds up the aging process, affects your metabolism, and causes weight gain.

A majority of packaged items purchased at the grocery store contain some form of sugar, and it can be difficult to avoid if you’re not actively looking at labels. The addictive qualities of sugar fuel its consumption, so it’s no wonder why the average American consumes more than 110 pounds of sugar per year. The best thing you can do is to read food labels carefully and watch for hidden sugars like cane juice, fructose, carob syrup, agave syrup, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, and glucose.

Eat Whole Foods

Eating whole, organic foods is one of the the best things you can do for your health. Try to ensure that your daily meals include fresh fruit, green leafy vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, legumes, lean meats, and fish. A good rule of thumb to remember when you’re at the grocery store is to do a majority of your shopping along the perimeter of the store. This is where a majority of the fresh produce and meats are located. If you have difficulty getting your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, consider making smoothies during the day. Smoothies are a delicious way to consume those vegetables or fruits that may not seem as appealing to eat on their own.

The Right Snacks

Remember to have healthy snacks on hand to keep you on track between meals. Apple slices with almond butter, carrots dipped in hummus, sliced turkey with tomatoes or avocado, and jerky (avoid sugar and sodium-filled brands) are all snack ideas that can help stave off hunger pains in between meals. Increasing your water intake can also help you feel fuller longer, so add a glass of water with lemon or a cup of tea in between meals. This helps you stay hydrated and can help take the edge off when hunger strikes.

Eliminate The Junk

With very few exceptions, processed foods contain additives, preservatives, artificial dyes, sugar, and trans fats. Most “diet” products aren’t safe either. In general, items labeled as “sugar free” tend to be packed with artificial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup, or bad fats. If you want a long, healthy life, clean up your diet and eat mindfully. Choose whole grains instead of breakfast cereals, replace sugar with stevia, and make your own meals so that you are sure of what ingredients are going into your body. Try to avoid anything that comes out of a can or has more than three ingredients. The way your body feels and functions largely depends on the fuel you give it each day, so choose fuel that will promote health and not disease.

 Plan Your Meals

Meal planning is a key factor in ensuring good nutrition throughout your week. Whether you want to drop pounds, stay healthy, or boost your energy, it’s important to have a plan. Make a list of healthy recipes that you like, write down what foods you need, and pick a day to go shopping to buy everything you need for the week. Just make sure to go shopping on a full stomach to avoid those impulse buys that may not be so healthy. The next step is to pick one day a week to prepare some of your meals in advance. Once you’ve prepped a few meal options, store them in freezer containers so that they are ready and available for you to grab during the week when you may not have time to cook an entire meal. This way, you’ll eat healthier and save time.

If you need help with meal planning and/or nutritional counseling in Shakopee, contact Sylvester Family Chiropractic to set up a consultation. Drs. Andrea and Jesse Sylvester will set out a structured plan for you based on your individual needs and goals. Let go of the excuses and begin your health journey today.