Healthy Eating in an Imperfect World
No time to eat right? WebMD has the solution.
Busy Bees Can Eat Healthy, Too continued...
There may be a bit more effort involved in shopping at the supermarket, but
wasteful hours of worry about flab and low energy do tend to go away with
healthy eating. With well-balanced meals, we usually feel more positive about
ourselves and our surroundings.
"We continue to see a really strong link between how we eat and what we
eat, and being well," says Moores. "The better we do on our part to
choose good foods and eat healthfully, the more effect it has on helping us
stay well, feel good, and enjoy life."
Here are some more healthy tips for busy bees:
- Cook a bigger batch of food on the weekends, and refrigerate or freeze for
- Set an alarm for mealtimes. Even if you're buried in a project, don't skip
meals; designate a time to eat.
- Try not to do anything else while eating. Mindless consumption prevents the
enjoyment of food. When that happens, people tend to eat more and eat unhealthy
- Put fresh or dried fruit where you can see it to remind yourself of your
goal to eat healthy. Bananas, grapes, and apples make handy and nutritious
- If at a restaurant, turn down the supersize option, and choose baked and
broiled instead of fried.
- Order the lunch portion at dinnertime, and hold off on fatty
- Keep handy snacks around, such as fruits, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, trail
mix, carrot or celery sticks, wraps, and sandwiches.
Tips for Fussy Eaters
These people can be very particular about what they put in their mouths.
They may not like certain textures, tastes, or preparations of food. They may
wince at healthy options such as fruits and vegetables, low-fat, low-sugar,
low-calorie, or low-sodium products. Or they may shun everything but their
certain set of comfort foods.
Gidus reminds fussy eaters that a variety of foods in moderation is
important for good health. "Try to expand your horizons," she says.
"If you eat the same thing everyday, you may not be getting enough
Trying something new does not mean going for the exotic. Make a list of
fruits, vegetables, meats, and other foods that might be acceptable for you to
try. You may not like apples, but how about grapes or pears? Instead of just
balking at spinach, why not sample red leaf lettuce?
If you don't like food prepared a certain way, try it raw -- if applicable
-- or presented in another way. You could also combine new foods with already
"Some vegetables can be made into soups so that you're not having to eat
the raw broccoli. If you like bagels, you can put some low-fat cream cheese and
then some crushed pineapple or shredded carrots. Have fruit juice with club
soda," suggests Claudia Fajardo-Lira, PhD, a nutrition expert with the
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and assistant professor at the
department of environmental sciences at California State University,
When trying new foods, go easy on yourself, says Moores. Check out a new
dish every week as opposed to every day. If you're not used to brown rice, try
mixing brown and white rice first. Or you could mix the brown rice with
different herbs and spices.