Food is everywhere in our modern American culture. From the bank teller with her bowl of lollipops to the vending machines at the gym to the coffee pot at work, food permeates our society.
As a result, I make food choices all day long.
Some choices I don't even think about. Like the bowl of lime green lollipops. Those hold no attraction to my 37 year old self.
Some choices I pause over. A cup of hot chocolate with white fluffy marshmallows sure tastes good while writing a blog post.
Some choices I heartily embrace. A can of soda provides a late-afternoon pick-me-up while waiting during my kids' gymnastics lessons.
How do I consistently make HEALTHY food choices?
- Create healthy food habits. Replace potato chips with baby carrots at lunch. Substitute whole grain wheat bread for white bread when making toast during breakfast. Grab your water bottle instead of a can of soda when you feel thirsty.
- Make food choices ahead of time. Sitting down in a restaurant with a growling stomach after a long day working is NOT the time to choose tonight's supper. Everything will look and smell good. Before you know it, you will have eaten 3 bread sticks, 2 bowls of greens dripping with salad dressing, and three-fourths of a massive pile of spaghetti noodles drenched in cream sauce. All washed down with 4 glasses of soda. Or maybe that's just me.
- Learn about nutrition. Educate yourself on why your body needs carbs, protein, vitamins and minerals. Understanding how your body uses food can help you make healthier choices.
What tips do you have for making healthy food choices?