Clipping Coupons – or Chopping Celery?
Clipping Coupons, or Chopping Celery?
Which of these sounds like a healthier “habit”? I’m Wendy Corr, and in today’s wellness tip, I’ll give you some easy ways you can replace processed foods with fruits and veggies, helping you to kick the clipping habit!
A habit is a routine, something you do repeatedly, that you expect to do. Clipping coupons out of every Sunday paper, for example, is a habit. But coupons give you discounts on processed foods, which have proven to have negative effects on your health.
On the other hand, purchasing whole foods and taking time to prepare them for use in your weekly meals is a HEALTHY habit!
When you make a healthy, delicious meal using fresh produce and locally-raised or grass-fed meat, you don’t experience negative effects from these foods – in fact, you feel better! When you eat meals loaded with sugar, salt and fat, you can feel sluggish, gain weight, experience brain fog and contribute to disease. The great feeling you have after eating healthy foods can keep you coming back for more – which then can become a healthy habit.
Other habits that are easy to implement include choosing whole grains rather than overly processed starches and carbs. Instead of reaching for regular pasta or white bread, fill your stomach with whole wheat, old fashioned oats, brown rice, quinoa or barley.
Reorganizing your plate is another healthy habit you can easily begin. Put beans, whole grains and veggies as the focal point of your meal, and keep servings of meat and fish at 3 ounces or less (that’s about the size of a deck of playing cards).
Making simple swaps at restaurants or at home is a healthy habit. For example, choose a skinless chicken breast cooked with healthful ingredients instead of chicken nuggets processed with added fats, flavorings, and preservatives; or a baked potato with chopped green onions and creamy avocado slices instead of a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips. Choose fresh berries with breakfast instead of toaster pastries or granola bars.
So consider creating new habits – instead of continuing to clip coupons, start chopping celery!
Thanks for tuning in to Wellness with Wendy! I’m a certified holistic nutritionist, a mom, an entertainer and a radio personality – so finding balance is the key to my life. I love sharing tips and tricks to help you live your best life – so for more health and wellness news and advice, follow my blog on mybighornbasin.com. See you again next time for Wellness with Wendy!