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3 Simple Steps to Healthier Eating

Eating healthy is not as difficult as you may think.. even small changes can make a difference.    If you follow these 3 simple steps, it will get you started in the right direction…

  1. Reduce your intake of sugar. Many products on the market today contain added sugar. According to the American Heart Association, women should limit their daily sugar intake to 25 grams or 6 teaspoons & men 36 grams or 9 teaspoons. It’s always best to try and replace refined sugar completely by substituting spices, natural extracts and fresh fruit for sweetness and flavor. As you reduce your sugar consumption, overtime your gut receptors, & hormonal changes in your body will make your palate more sensitive to sweetness and reduce your “taste” for sugar.
  2. Eat more whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Choosing sustainable whole foods that are organic is not only good for the planet, but healthier for your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be prepared in many ways. Whether eaten raw, roasted or grilled, fruits and veggies provide our bodies with the fuel and nutrients we need to achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
  3. Increase your daily consumption of fiber. Adding more fiber to your diet by including whole grains, legumes, and fruit helps to keep your digestive system moving regularly. Fiber can also lower blood sugar, cut cholesterol, and may even prevent colon cancer. Women should consume about 25 grams and men 35-40 grams of fiber daily. Try to add a  1/4 cup of mixed nuts and an apple as a snack to provide 8 grams of fiber toward your daily requirements.

These small changes can give you a head start toward living a healthier life as well as creating a sustainable environment. Small steps lead to big changes…