How to Eat Healthy Food Without Measuring, Weighing, or Counting
Diets that involve rigid measuring, weighing or counting never last. But there are simple and fun ways of improving nutrition without becoming a scholar on the subject.
Who wants to be bothered with studying up on nutrition to eat better or lose weight? Learning about vitamins and minerals, number of servings, and what food qualities affect what body functions can get tedious and boring.
Isn’t There an Easy Way to Improve Nutrition?
You don’t have to be a nutritionist or a biologist to improve your nutrition. All you have to do is:
- Want to eat better.
- Understand that learning to eat better is a process and needs to be done one step at a time.
- Strive for continual improvement rather than perfection.
- Be willing to experiment.
The 1-2-3’s of Better Nutrition
- One: Food Groups
The first thing to do to improve nutritional intake is to have a general knowledge of food groups. Most people are familiar with what these are:
- Protein/Meat Group-foods such as meats, eggs, beans
- Fruit/Vegetable Group-all fruits and vegetables
- Grains/Cereals Group-breads, pasta, cereals
Although the particular food groups differ depending upon the source, concentrating on the three basic food groups above will get you started in a good direction and keep you from feeling overwhelmed about how much to know. Remember it’s about increasing nutrition, not about perfection. Later, if you wish to learn more and continue to consume higher quality foods you can get into more details. For now, keep it simple. The psychology of change is important to success.
- Two: Color
The most nutritious foods have bright colors. Instead of boring ourselves with what vitamins and minerals are in different foods all we have to do is focus on color in the following ways:
- Look for foods that have bright colors such as green, yellow, red, orange, and black. Fruits and vegetables are the most colorful foods.
- Strive to make your plate colorful. A plate that has mainly beige and brown foods is not what we’re looking for. Make it look like a beautiful color wheel.
- As you approach each meal ask yourself, “What colors have I eaten today? What colors am I missing?”
- Strive to have a meal where most of the plate is composed of bright-colored foods.
By following the above, your nutrition will improve significantly and you will have had fun doing it. It’s that easy.
- Three: The Comfort Group
These are the foods that give you warm fuzzies – your favorite foods. It’s important to include comfort foods in any eating program as trying to eliminate them completely makes it more difficult to succeed at your goal. It’s one of the main reasons most diets are broken sooner or later. However, the focus here should be to see how your comfort foods can be made more nutritious. For example, if your comfort food is ice cream perhaps you can add colorful berries to add more nutrition and fiber. Experiment with your favorite cookie recipe to see what can be added or eliminated to add nutrition and still keep the flavor. Don’t eliminate these foods – just make them more nutritious.
Finally, experiment with different recipes to see if you can find ways to eat those nutritious foods you don’t like by disguising their flavor with other tastes. Sometimes mixing foods you don’t like with those you like a lot will make the whole dish taste good. Chopping less liked foods into tiny pieces to mix with other foods, also can be tried. Just don’t give up on something nutritious just because you feel you don’t like it. If nothing makes a disliked food taste good don’t eat it, but search for the same color elsewhere. It’s about making nutrition easy and fun.
Disclaimer: The above tips do not replace the advise of your health care professional. Consult with your doctor.