Pick Your Promise: Eat Healthy
As the local sponsor of the Go Red for Women campaign, we’re encouraging women to pick their promise to help drive down the percentage of women affected by heart disease, starting with themselves. One promise? Eating healthy.
Saving time now kills time in the end.
Yes, you’re busy, and going through that drive-thru line will allow you to move from point A to point B that much faster. But food is meant to fuel and sustain your body, so being conscious of what you’re consuming is vital.
Much like the grade of fuel you put in your car affects the overall quality and longevity of its life, so does the quality of food you consume affect your body. As you’re worth so much more than a car, so it only makes sense that you’d take care of yourself with greater detail. Go the extra mile now to fuel yourself with better ingredients and your body will carry you beyond the years you would have otherwise lived.
Approaching a lifestyle change, of any kind, can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! Establish a large goal and then break it up in to smaller, bite-size pieces, so to speak.
- Replace soda with fruit juices (not from a concentrate)
- Replace 2% milk with skim milk or another alternative like almond, coconut or soy milk
- Instead of a cookie, reach for a thin slice of angel food cake
- Instead of ice cream, try a frozen banana or grapes
- Swap chips with rice cakes
Once you get comfortable with snacking on healthy items and subbing side items for smarter choices, move forward to building complete, healthier meals.
- Bake, instead of fry, chicken
- Work on portion sizes
- Serve sauces and dressings on the side
- Add color (fruits and veggies) to your plate
You’ll learn to love it.
You may turn up your nose, giving preference to a potato chip over a rice cake, but think about the quality of life you wish to live. Though you may not like it at first, stick with it. Gradually, your taste preferences will change and that once too-bland of a dish will become preferred over the sea of salt you once dove in to.
For more tips to help you make or keep your Eat Healthy promise, visit nashvillegoesred.org.