10 More Simple Secrets for Healthier Eating in the New YearElizabeth Stark
Yesterday, we posted 10 simple secrets for healthier eating in 2012, but in case that’s not enough, here are 10 more simple tips you can incorporate into your daily routine to be healthier in 2012.
Do It Yourself 1 of 10When you make your own food from scratch, you can control what ingredients go into it, so you can make sugar-free versions of things that often have added sugar like pasta sauce. Also, homemade items like jams tend to get used more sparingly that the store-bought variety since they're used with the knowledge that once they're gone, they can't be replaced until next year.
Make homemade pear sauce
Go Fish 2 of 10
Have a Cuppa Tea 3 of 10Tea is high in anti-oxidants and can also serve as an appetite suppressant, making a cup of afternoon tea an excellent way to recharge for the second half of your workday.
Make iced tea 3 ways
Fruit is Nature’s Candy 4 of 10As Marge Simpson says "Fruit is nature's candy," and accordingly, having an apple or a banana can be a much better way to sate a sweet tooth than a soda or cookie. It's also a great way to test if you're eating because you're actually hungry. If you want a candy bar, but not a banana, do you really need to eat anything at all?
Make persimmon, pear, and clementine salad
Have Some Dark Chocolate 5 of 10That's right, eat the chocolate. According to recent studies, dark chocolate consumption has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. A small chunk of dark chocolate can also satisfy cravings that might otherwise lead you to eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerry's.
Learn more about the health benefits of dark chocolate
Look for Hidden Sugar 6 of 10Sugar crops up in all kinds of places it doesn't belong and it's often in forms we're not expecting. High fructose corn syrup is the most infamous of the sugars that appear in everything from croissants to soup, but even supposedly healthier alternatives like concentrated grape juice and agave nectar abound. Make sure that things you think are sugar-free, really are.
Learn more about unhealthy kids "health foods."
Watch Out for Healthwashing 7 of 10Food manufacturers know that people want to eat more healthily and often market their products accordingly. It's fine when that food actually is healthy, but often it's not. Be skeptical when buying "healthy" products and consider buying an unprocessed alternative when possible.
Learn more about unhealthy kids "health foods"
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Go for a Walk 8 of 10There's some dispute over whether or not going for a walk immediately after a meal aids in digestion or not, but there's no dispute over the fact that most of us could use more exercise. Going for a walk with your spouse, partner, friend, or by yourself can be a relaxing way to get a little exercise, with the added benefit of getting you away from a screen for a little while.
Learn more about the benefits of walking
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Plan Portion Sizes When You’re Cooking 9 of 10A lot of times, when we overeat, it's because it's there. No one wants to let this last little bit go to waste so we eat it even though we aren't hungry. Plan for this by not making more than you intend to eat in the first place. If you just make enough for a healthy portion, than that's all you'll eat.
Make lamb shanks with kale
Know When to Buy Organic 10 of 10Organic eating can be expensive, so it helps to know when you should do it and when you shouldn't. Conventional versions of certain foods come loaded with toxins while others are fine. Make a point of knowing which organic foods are worth the expense.
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