Planning is Key to Healthy Eating

Imagine this scenario: you’re late from work and you have to get the kids to hockey practice but you have nothing to feed them in the kitchen. So you stop at McDonalds on the way to hockey practice. We’ve all done it before, and it’s happening more and more as our society gets busier and busier.

Many dietary experts believe that planning and preparation are the biggest keys to a healthy lifestyle. During the weekend, make a trip to the grocery store with a list that includes whole grains, low-fat dairy products, eggs, and vegetables. This will help you ensure that you have healthy foods on hand when you are in a pinch.

For breakfast, skip the bagel and cream cheese. Instead fill the kitchen with yogurt, fruit, eggs, and whole-grain cereals or oatmeal. These will help you skip the donut shop on the way to work and fill you up until lunch.

For lunch, pack a healthy lunch to help you fight the urge to order out with coworkers. Make sure you pack your lunch with thinks that you like. Spice up a generic turkey deli sandwich with whole grain bread, brie, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard. Change it up each day by using different spreads or by bringing a can of low-fat soup.

The most challenging thing about dinner is portion size. Keep this handy tip in mind: half of the plate should be filled with vegetables, a quarter should be lean protein, and the other quarter should be high-fiber complex carbohydrates, such as a baked potato, brown rice, or whole-wheat couscous or pasta.