How is your New Year's resolution to eat healthier going? Hopefully you are remaining successful and already feeling better inside and out. Eating healthy isn't as difficult as many people think. Here are seven, simple eating healthy rules to live by. 

The key to eating healthy is being motivated and keeping your eye on the goal.  After about a couple weeks of healthier eating, your body will feel like it can accomplish anything. I'm not kidding! Of course, some of us may slip up here and there and grab greasy french fries through the drive-thru, but that is alright as long as you balance everything out. Don't deprive yourself from some of the unhealthy foods you love... just don't go overboard.

Here is what you need to focus on:

  1. You can take in about 1,600 calories a day, so choose wisely.  Yes, you have always heard 2,000 calories, but if you load up on healthy calories it is plenty enough to keep your body fueled throughout the day.
  2. Eat frequently. You should be eating something nutritious every three to four hours.  If you deprive your body of food, you will end up chowing down everything and anything in sight. The body needs an even, continuous eating pattern.
  3. Think protein. Protein fuels muscles which leads to a stronger and faster metabolism. You need at least 80 grams of protein per day.  Think egg whites, chicken breast, salmon, and nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
  4. Don't forget about the fiber. Fiber is a weight loss miracle and you need at least 25 grams per day. Broccoli is a great source of fiber and really speeds up the weight loss process.
  5. Cut out the extra, added sugar. Candy bars, cookies, etc. are all delicious, but not good for you appearance. Extra sugar negatively affects your skin, teeth, and waistline, so opt for a piece of sweet fruit instead of Rocky Road ice cream.
  6. Portion size is key. The portion sizes served in several, American restaurants are insane. Our stomach is as big as our fist (seriously); so we do not need to eat a 2 pound burger for lunch with a large fry. I find it beneficial splitting something on a menu with a friend. Not only do I receive the proper amount of food, but I'm also saving money. Win win.
  7. Take your time. Eating healthy and seeing positive results does not happen over time. "It took your entire life to adopt your current nutrition habits, expect it to take some time to change them." - Discovery Fit & Health. Be patient, my friends.


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