Food is an important part of our everyday lives, but sometimes it can be hard to know how to choose what’s best for us. The health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, are pleased to share a few easy tips to help you become aware of the foods you consume and how to improve your eating habits – while still being able to enjoy foods that taste great!
1. Snack Attack. Small snacks strategically spread throughout your day actually promote a healthy metabolism. However, this requires you choose unprocessed, healthy alternatives to those tempting salty and sweet snacks. Sticking with fruits, nuts, and veggies gives you more nutritional bang for your buck. Eating whole, natural foods like these allows you to avoid the unnecessary ingredients that come in processed foods like preservatives, sugar, salt, fats, and artificial dyes.
2. Increase Fiber. The average adult consumes only half of the amount of fiber required for a nutritious diet. Your fiber intake directly effects your cholesterol, blood sugar, and digestive track, and contributes to fullness after meals. Whole grains, beans, fruits, and nuts are easy items to incorporate into your diet to increase your fiber intake.
3. Bake It. In the U.S., we live in a culture where we like to fry a majority of our foods – everything from chicken to dessert. Instead of frying try roasting or baking foods in the oven at high temperatures for crispy goodness on the outside. Not only does this reduce the fatty oil intake, but it’s less messy and your leftovers last longer.
4. Skip It. Many of us need that caffeine boost we get from our coffee or tea. Consider drinking them with little to no milk and sugar to eliminate extra calories. Looking for a healthy way to dress up your beverage? Stay away from flavored syrups or whipped topping, instead try a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg in your coffee or a squeeze of lemon in your tea.
5. Drink Water. Staying hydrated throughout the day is an easy way to make sure your body is self-regulating fluids. Try drinking water most of the day instead of multiple cups of coffee, soda, or sugary drinks. When you are dehydrated, it disrupts the metabolic process and causes fatigue. Think you need a snack? Try drinking at least eight ounces of water first then see if you’re still hungry. Hunger is often confused with thirst. Keeping your body hydrated improves your overall wellbeing, including the health of your skin!
About Envolve, Inc.®
Envolve, Inc.® is a family of health solutions, working together to make healthcare simpler, more effective and more accessible for everyone. As an agent for change in healthcare, Envolve is committed to transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. Envolve unifies specialty pharmacy, PBM, vision, dental, 24/7 nurse advice services, MSO solutions, and more. For more information, please visit our website www.envolvehealth.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.