When it comes to eating right, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there. For example, it seems like we’ve been in the middle of the “is diet soda good for you or terrible for you” debate for quite some time. The answer, of course, is that just because it’s diet doesn’t mean it’s doing your body any favors.
At Miramont Family Medicine, our goal is to help Fort Collins residents to be as healthy as possible, so if you’ve been looking for foods that the whole family will love that are also good for you, we have some advice in today’s blog.
If you’ve been on the lookout for some solid practical advice about how to eat right without having to spend hours in the kitchen or making a trip to the special healthy grocery store, keep reading, because eating healthy has never been easier!
A Few Tips for Eating Right From Miramont Family Medicine
Perhaps the most important piece of advice we can give you is to be intentional about what you’re putting into your body and to practice the easy-to-talk-about-but-difficult-to-put-into-practice art of moderation. We mentioned it above, but anything with the word “diet” in it is likely to contain a boatload of chemicals at worst and ingredients that don’t support a healthy diet at best.
Another important thing to know is that you don’t have to give up everything you love. People automatically assume that they’ll be forced to do away with ground beef in favor of brussels sprouts and kale. The fact of the matter is that consuming fat doesn’t make you fat–sugars make you fat. For many people, simply reducing the amount of sugar they’re consuming will make a massive difference even if everything else stays the same.
As you might know, sugar turns into carbohydrates in the human body, meaning your brain is getting the message that you’re full, but many items that are high in sugar are also high in carbohydrates, meaning that you’re body is getting a double dose of exactly what it doesn’t need. In fact, fruits and vegetables are a great source of carbohydrates that won’t totally wreck your body.
So What Can I Eat?
Your focus should be on creating meals that are filled with ingredients that you love, but contain as few processed ingredients as possible. For example, you could make a pasta with a can of store-bought spaghetti sauce or you could create your own sauce simply by cooking diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s very likely to be better for you (since most canned sauces contain high fructose corn syrup) and it will almost certainly taste better because you’re in charge of how much of what goes into it! Trust your taste buds and you’ll have it down in no time.
Or, take for instance, something like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. White bread, peanut butter, and jelly usually make up this sandwich. Switch it up just a bit by using whole grain bread, natural peanut butter (which contains only peanuts and salt, unlike its cousins who often contain peanuts, vegetable oil, sugar, and preservatives), and a no-sugar-added jam. It’s a small change that will make a huge difference without forcing you to give up a food you love.
Another key component of healthy eating is choosing the right snacks. Ditch the candy bars or blended coffee drinks in favor of some spicy almonds, honey granola, or a banana with a spoonful of the aforementioned natural peanut butter and you’ll be on the right track.
As we mentioned above, the goal is simply to do away with the idea of thoughtlessly eating and instead to make it intentional. The more you know about what’s going into your body, the healthier you’ll be. We guarantee it.
Schedule a Visit to Miramont Family Medicine Today
At Miramont Family Medicine, our goal is to have happy, healthy patients, so whether you have a question about how to eat right, you’d like x-rays for an injury, you need tested for allergies, or you’re in need of a yearly physical, we’re here to help.
Schedule a visit with a doctor at Miramont Family Medicine today. We look forward to seeing you!