What Truly Healthy Eating Looks Like

Fri. May 27, 2016 12:00 AM
by Ryan Hunt, Fitness contributor

Not happy with your body? It's hardly your fault. Have you ever stopped to notice how many times you're bombarded by food marketing each day?

Ads come at you from magazine pages, T.V. commercials, on websites and billboards, each boasting of cheap, convenient and tasty ways to cure your hunger.

The question "What's for dinner?" has never been more complex than now.

Extensive menu options and large entrees have distorted your concept of a proper meal, and before you know it you've fallen into the trap of the chain restaurant, the drive thru, and the take-out line.

But wait – truly healthy eating is simple.

First, block out the blizzard of food marketing around you.

Remember that advertisers want your money, and they don't stop to consider if the food they promote will expand your waist – that's your job.

It's safe to say that, with few exceptions, any food that you see marketed should be avoided. When was the last time you saw an ad for grilled white fish and steamed broccoli?

So what does truly healthy eating look like?

A healthy meal contains lean protein, fresh vegetables and the occasional modest serving of whole grains.

Just as importantly, a healthy meal does NOT contain:

Refined sugar / corn syrup

Fried / fatty food

Full fat dairy food

Processed food with chemical additives

Healthy Breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What you decide to eat when you first wake up will set the tone for the rest of your meals that day. Try these healthy options:

- Scrambled egg whites, sliced tomato and steamed spinach.

- Whole grain oatmeal, a scoop of protein powder and sliced fruit.

- Homemade breakfast sandwich: Multi-grain English muffin with lean turkey slices and egg.

Healthy Lunch: It is important to plan your lunch ahead of time in order to avoid turning to a fast food joint or vending machine. Pack your lunch the night before and carry it with you. Try these healthy options:

- Dark baby greens topped with chopped chicken breast and diced tomatoes.

- Albacore tuna (packed in water), mixed with finely chopped cucumber.

- Lettuce Wrapped Sandwich: Lean turkey slices, lettuce, tomato and mustard.

Healthy Dinner: Dinner is the meal where most people splurge and eat far more calories than they should. Eating at home is the first step in reducing your dinnertime calories.

- Grilled white fish, sautéed spinach and whole wheat couscous

- Baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli and brown rice

While healthy eating is a huge factor in achieving your ideal weight, exercise is the other half of the equation. Your exercise routine should be challenging and should be done on a regular basis.

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