Build your diet on whole foods–lean protein sources, fresh vegetables and fruits, and small amounts of whole grains and nuts. These foods will meet your nutritional needs without adding a lot of unwanted calories and chemicals. Select and enjoy your favorite whole foods.
Limit choices. Once you know what you like and what works, why reinvent the wheel every day. Select from 3-4 breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options. It’ll be easier to eat healthier foods, control portions and calories, meet daily goals, and simplify your life.
Strategize. Don’t buy chips, crackers, ice cream, pop or other junk foods. If it’s not in the house or office, you won’t be tempted. Do not rationalize that your kids, spouse or co-workers need them.
Become a master of portions. How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Read labels, measure, and single-portion pack whenever possible. You’ll be better able to judge portions when measuring tools are not available.
Find healthy restaurant options. Chances are you’ll eat better if you prepare your own meals and you should most of the time. When you do eat out, chose wisely. Healthier options are available at most restaurants. Look up the menu (and calories if available) ahead of time so you’ll have time to plan your order.