Combating Excuses for Not Eating Right!

If you’re reading this, you want to lose weight. And, if you’re reading this, you more than likely know that eating healthy foods and exercising is the simple, straightforward path to a healthy lifestyle.

Knowing this, why still don’t we eat right? We all know the simple excuses, like “chocolate just tastes too good,” but what about the more complex excuses, the ones that many of us are guilty of using?

My vegetables aren’t good at home!

It’s easy to stick on a diet when you’re at a restaurant eating some grilled chicken and steam vegetables, but not so much when you rip open that bag of frozen vegetables and try to make it appealing. A good way to keep sometimes bland homemade foods like vegetables fresh is to cook them differently. Mix in a little variety, sauté, grill, or steam them. Also, be sure not to overcook them – that’s where a lot of the bland taste is derived from. When you overcook vegetables, you take the flavor out.

Speaking of flavor, if you’re looking to add a little zest to your vegetables consider whisking them in balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

No time to cook!

Dieters that eat out (because of no time to cook themselves) consume hundreds of additional calories as opposed to eating at home. If you really don’t have the time to cook for yourself at home, buy a cooked rotisserie chicken and prepare your own vegetables at home. If you have absolutely no time, you can pick up a pre-made salad as well. You can also find grilled salmon fillets in the pre-made food section.

While in the prepared food section you can find good foods, that are plenty of unhealthy foods that can attract your attention. You need to be sure to steer clear of these, and these include casseroles, pasta dishes, and salads that are based from mayonnaise.

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I need sweets!

You know the person. You might be that person. You need something sweet during the day, after your meal, etc. If you absolutely can’t survive without having something sweet, have an ounce of dark chocolate. This is typically less than 200 calories and it’s practically considered a health food. Studies have shown that it contains flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that can lower blood pressure an improve the circulation of your blood, factors that can help prevent you from heart disease.

When you’re shopping in the supermarket, look for chocolate that has at the very minimum 60 percent cacao – the higher the contents, the less added sugar it contains. If you don’t like dark chocolate, drink some hot cocoa derived from natural, Dutch-processed versions of cocoa.

I can’t stand eating seafood!

This is something that is very important if you’re serious about sticking on a diet for a long time. The longer you stay on your diet, the more variety you’re going to want in your diet – and seafood provides a good selection of foods to choose from as it’s a very diet-friendly type of food. If you can’t stand eating seafood, you should know that not all kinds of seafood have a strong flavor or smell. Fish like tilapia, cod, flounder, and sea bass also mix well with other flavors, so you can season them to your liking.

Learn more about healthy eating, check out the new food pyramid. Things have changed!

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