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How to Eat Healthfully Everyday

Updated on July 16, 2014

Eat a lot of produce

Eat lots of veggies
Eat lots of veggies

Health and Diet go Hand in Hand

Eating a healthy diet is not just having a few days of healthful eating and going back to old eating habits. Eating a healthful diet daily is a commitment to yourself to help ensure good health, feeling good and maintaining a satisfactory weight.

You do not have to deprive yourself of favorite foods, just limit them to an occasional treat. Making wise food choices will create a healthier body and perhaps avoid doctor visits and expensive prescriptions for conditions you may be able to control with healthy eating.

Eat Healthy Raw Nuts

Eat nuts for good health
Eat nuts for good health

Making Decisions About Food

When you purchase food at the store, go to friends for meals or go to restaurants you can look at it as positive experience, knowing you are going to make wise food choices. Plan ahead what you are going to eat and stick with it. After many years of making decisions ahead of time it is now what I do and really don't even think about it. To stave off hunger take a large glass of tomato juice before going to the market or out to eat. This will help you to resist temptation.

Most restaurants offer healthy and low calorie selections. You can always push the bread basket away. When having dinner at friend's houses and the calorie laden appetizers are brought out. Take a small taste to be courteous. It may surprise you but more than likely no one will watch what you eat, unless you make a big deal about being on a diet. As for dessert you can ask for a small portion of whatever is served and just take a bite or two.

Make Healthy Selections

Tomatoes are sweet and healthful
Tomatoes are sweet and healthful
Enjoy a fresh apple
Enjoy a fresh apple
Eat fish
Eat fish

What to Buy at the Grocery Store

It is probably old news that when going to the grocery store to hit the outside isles of stores where the fresh items reside. Get well acquainted with the produce section and plan all the wonderful vegetables dishes you are going to make. Plan your meals for the week and stick with the grocery list. Why not plan two vegetarian meals a week? Eating more vegetarian meals will save you money as well as provide you with many vitamins and minerals for good health. .

Try ground turkey instead of ground beef and stretch it with flax meal or brown rice. You can also add chopped peppers, onions, celery and chopped tomatoes for a healthier meal. Make a marinated salad of raw broccoli, celery, onions, peppers, tomatoes, black olives and olive oil and lemon juice. This will keep in the refrigerator for four days.Buy dry pinto beans, black beans, lentils and brown rice. These are nourishing foods and inexpensive. You can purchase frozen fish if fresh is not available and find many creative ways to cook. Buy raw nuts for snacks. Once you make these changes during your trips to the market you will pat yourself on the back for saving money and improving your health.

Final Words about your Diet

We all have choices about the food we eat and temptation lurks at every corner. Once you say no to an unhealthy food choice, you can feel very self-righteous. This is the first step to improving your eating habits.

  • Never get overly hungry, as there is the temptation to binge on anything that is available. Never eat when you are tired as it is commonplace to reach for something sweet to revive your energy. And in the long run will make you feel more lethargic after eating sugar.
  • Making healthful selections with food has another benefit--you will have more energy than you ever had before.
  • Remember to take small steps to improve your eating habits.
  • Give up some of the bad food you have been eating--one item at a time. Healthy eating is when you eat a healthful diet everyday.

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Excellent advice Carol, you jam packed this hub with useful tips and sensible ideas to get back in great shape. Voted up, useful, and interesting :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      You have given some wonderful tips here .. thank you so much for sharing :) I really need to make some changes and I keep procrastinating. Reading things like this help to get my mind on the right track. Voted up and useful!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Jamie: Maintaining healthy eating and weight takes commitment. Random eating is a huge problem. Maybe it sounds boring to plan...but it works. Both my husband and I are in very good health...and we are not YOUNG... thanks so much. And start today with a plan and follow through as your body with thank you.

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      cascoly 4 years ago from seattle

      As always, great advice - especially the grocery shopping tips

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      elizabeth 4 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Healthy eating has become an obsession for me, so I enjoyed your article. I am currently writing a novel, a love story, wrapped around the introduction of GMO into the American diet. My novels are listed at www.elizabeth-jenan-dickman.com, and this latest of which I speak is 'THE YEARS OF SILENT FROGS" and it takes place mainly in India.

      Here is a small part of the Epilogue to my most recent novel concerning GMO, which is not completed as yet.

      "Genetically modified food (GMO) is very real and has taking root across the entire world, on every continent. In its wake it has left a trail of disease, despair and death.

      Powerful corporations have taken it upon themselves to alter nature, arrogantly destroying what has taken centuries to evolve.

      They have hidden the hideous test results of these aberrations and forced these products on an unsuspecting population. They have infiltrated and corrupted the very institutions established to protect the public, using bribery, lies, political pressure, coercion, bullying and law suits. That is how determined they are.

      They have polluted crops and soil to gain control of the world’s food supply under the guise of humanitarianism

      The results have been less food, less nutrition, destruction of organic farming, a huge increase in disease, new and horrible illnesses, financial ruin for farmers and over one quarter of a million suicides in India alone."

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I so enjoyed this Carol. I'm a vegetarian and enjoy mostly organic foods. It really "steams" me when I hear about how corporations alter our food. It's a hideous crime with no punishment in sight.

      Your advice on healthy eating is right on target! Thank you and voting up and more.

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      Liz Walmoth 4 years ago

      You have included some great advice Carol. I think starting slow is important because it's a way to create new habits. Thanks for sharing this hub!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      mslizzee: I hear you loud and clear. I hate gmo foods..What is so difficult is that produce is being attacked. I had a list with the most likely veggies and fruit to be gmo. I will be first to read your book

      Vocal coach: I think vegetarianism is great, but I have trouble understanding the vegan way. Only because food is a great pleasure and deserves some extras. Thanks for stopping by and comments.

      Lizwalmoth. Thanks for stopping by and nice comments. It is amazing how approaching things slowly work better.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the kind comments.

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      kendal86 4 years ago from Perrysburg Ohio

      Love the idea of adding oatmeal or flaxmeal to ground turkey, will deffinatly be trying that! Thanks for the info!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and I am sure you will enjoy that addition. It makes you feel good when you add healthy ingredients.

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      Liam Hallam 4 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Nice short hub on healthy living. Cf

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great ideas on how to be healthy. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping by...and Appreciate to vote up.

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Freezing food you have prepared yourself is a great way to eat healthy and save money. Thanks for this and the many other tips in this hub about healthy eating Carol7777, voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by...I appreciate your comments and voting up. Yes freezing saves cooking and tasting.

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      Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho

      I firmly believe that healthcare begins in the kitchen. You are 100% correct to only shop on the perimeter of the market.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      We all have off days, but if you eat healthfully 90percent of the time..you are ahead of the game.

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very interesting and informative. Unfortunately, many people think only about eating and leave out the 'healthy' part. Voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      How right you are. Oh well we keep trying to spread the good word. Thanks for the visit. and voting UP.

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      Sensible, down to earth info, Carol. My partner and I have just embarked on the Alternative Day diet where we restrict what we eat every other day. So we get to enjoy everything we like - just have to interperse the delicious days with frugal eating days.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like that idea and perhaps your healthy eating days will turn to everyday. What is best about eating healthy is the way your feel. I always feel better eating a lot of produce and skipping the heavy stuff. Thanks for coming over to visit and lovely comments.

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Thanks, carol7777 for the healthy dose of reminders, motivation and encouragement on eating healthy foods.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Good advice....the main thing is to shop healthy then you'll eat healthy. If it isn't in your house, you can't eat it!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by healthy berrie...It is a daily commitment...and I know when I have had a bad day of eating I feel it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      that is so true. It takes a lot of effort to get in the car and go guiltly shopping for unhealthy food. Thanks for the vote.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I like these suggestions very much Carol. Not going for purchases on an empty stomach is a fine advice and eating healthy regularly is another. Excellent advice!

      Voted up and useful. Sharing.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Great advice with the hub! Seeing that broccoli makes me crave for it, one of my favorite vegetables! :) Voted up and shared!

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      I have been following a particular diet for the past months and I have been feeling amazing!!! Your words are noted "Healthy eating is when you eat a healthy diet everyday" and that is really important. Thanks for sharing this useful hub. Voted and shared.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Health and Diet: Everyday you got buy what you need to stay healthy well said.

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