Be Prepared! – Meal Prepping is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. You never have to worry about not having healthy food on hand when you do a little prep work before. See my best tips on meal prepping and how to get started, and make sure to go grocery shopping each week to stock up on clean and wholesome food. (Find a printable version of some of grocery staples HERE — and also, be sure to check out my Clean Eating COSTCO Shopping List for shopping on a budget!)
“Failing to Plan is planning to fail.”
Know the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen – Eating organic is ideal, but sometimes it’s hard to find, and can get expensive. If you’re on a budget or have a hard time finding quality organic produce, make sure you know The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15. Knowing which conventional produce is loaded with chemicals and which aren’t makes it easier to choose foods that are organic or not when at the grocery store.
Learn Proper Portion Sizes – Learning correct portion sizes is important in reaching and maintaining your goal body shape. Most people have a very hard time with correct portion sizes, even when eating healthy foods. An avocado, for example, is healthy, but you should only eat about a quarter, not half or the whole thing! Use the chart below, or measure your food to make sure you are not over-doing a good thing! Also, when you are first learning correct portion sizes, it might be wise to invest in a food scale — that way there is absolutely NO question if it’s the correct serving size. HINT: This is how you can eat all your favorite foods and never count calories again!
Portion size is also extremely important when eating out at restaurants! Check out all of these tips for eating healthy at restaurants for more on staying on track while dining out.
Fill Up on Fruits and Veggies – Fruits and veggies contain fiber that is harder for you body to digest than something like pasta. Load up half of your plate at each meal with fruits or veggies to fill you up without adding tons of extra calories. Getting enough lean protein as well as fruits and veggies will lead to a diet lower in fat and calories as still keep you feeling full.
Have I missed anything? Let me know if you have any additional nutrition tips in the comments below!