Trust us, we know the feeling. We splurged over the holidays also. So many sweets! Good food! Gravy, stuffing, the dozens of cookies that Santa didn’t eat, the alcoholic drinks, fudge, and other holiday treats.

Now you’re feeling. The pants are a little tight. Or maybe a lot tight. The energy level is low and your mind is in a bit of a fog.

You know it’s time to get back to healthy eating and a diet that’s low in sugars, processed foods, cookies, and egg nog.

The Answer in Front of You

When you ask yourself how you can eat healthier, the answer is really do you want to eat healthier? What’s your motivation?

The key is taking a positive mindset to what you’re doing, setting goals, and following through. For example, set a goal of eating a certain number of fresh fruits and vegetables for the day. Or avoiding fried, fatty, or processed foods for the day.

Quite simply, pick the good, healthy foods to eat.

Following Through

Here are examples for you to follow in your healthier eating journey. These are elements of a healthy meal that includes vegetables, fruits, and small portions of whole grains and protein.

These foods give you fiber and other important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for a well-balanced diet. Here are suggested foods:

—A salad or other vegetables of different colors. Think spinach, or sweet potatoes, or peppers that are green, orange, red, or yellow.

—Milk that is fat-free or low-fat. Other options are nondairy drinks such as almond milk or rice milk.

—Fruits of different colors. These can include apples, bananas, grapes, pears, oranges, berries, and others.

—Lean cuts of beef, pork or other protein such as chicken, seafood, eggs, beans (legumes), or even tofu.

—Whole grains. These include brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, or whole-grain cornmeal.

—Dark green and leafy vegetables. These include collard greens and kale.

—Canned fish such as tuna and salmon that are high in calcium.

The occasional treat is fine when you have a healthy, balanced diet. But avoid eating foods every day such as candy, ice cream, or cookies. Keep the portions of sweets small and have just one.

Avoid These Drinks

A healthy diet also includes avoiding drinks with a lot of sugar and calories. These can include alcohol, juices, soda, and other similar drinks.


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