When it comes to preventative healthcare, one of the most significant ways to maintain your health is through a healthy diet. Whether you want to change your diet for medical reasons or you simply wish to make healthier lifestyle choices, learning to transform your diet takes awareness. Some steps towards a healthy diet are more obvious, while some foods masquerade as healthy when they actually contain high levels of sugar and/or fat.
If you are looking to eat healthier, here are some steps to take toward a healthier diet:
Curb Sugar Intake
It may go without saying, but sugar is one of the first things to cut out on the path to a healthy diet. Sugar is addictive and affects your body in many adverse ways, from potentially triggering acne and depression, to increasing the risk for heart disease and cancer.
Read labels carefully for sugar content before purchasing items. If your diet currently consists of high amounts of sugar, a good rule of thumb is to cut your usual sugar intake by half, to start. Replace soda with water or sparkling water and switch to a more natural sweetener, such as honey, in place of refined sugar.
Serve Smaller Portions
Americans on average consume larger portions of food with each meal than their counterparts in other countries. In Japan, for instance, they consume approximately 1,000 fewer calories per day than Americans. In your quest towards a healthier diet, portion control is king.
Of course, you should eat if you are hungry and always pay attention to your body’s needs, but try to stop eating once you are full, rather than taking another portion or two. Smaller portion sizes allow for higher energy levels and make for a healthier diet.
Purchase More Greens
You’ve probably been hearing your whole life about how important it is to eat your greens. Green vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. Talk about preventative healthcare!
Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, allow for a smoother digestive process. So, instead of ordering the French fries next time, why not go for the side salad? It will pay off in the long run in the form of increased health and vitality.
Consult Our Physicians on a Better Dietary Approach
At Richfield Medical Group, we are passionate about improving and sustaining your health. As a medical group dedicated to preventative health care, we are home to a care team of dedicated clinicians ready to take an active role in your health. Schedule an appointment today at richfieldmedicalgroup.com.