Cooking is an important part of day-to-day life and you should take any opportunity to expand your knowledge by researching recipes and cooking ideas.With this said, making the transition to healthy cooking is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and your family. Now, you can get started with these 4 healthy cooking tips.
However,it can be hard to know where to start. You might be concerned about how you’re going to feed your family this way, and how they will feel about it. You might have cost concerns, or children who are picky eaters.
What’s more, you may not even be sure what foods are good and really healthy or ones that deceptively disguised as healthy. You also have to decide whether you want to switch gradually or throw everything out and start over.
Whenever we get too busy or stressed, we all tend to make poor food choices that will actually increase stress and cause other problems.
Avoid the stress! Read the tips below and get started on your transition to healthy cooking today.
4 Tips On How to Transition to Healthy Eating & Cooking
Tip 1: Do Your Research!
Yes, it pays to take a little time to research. Look for consistencies in food information – this will help you avoid “fad diets.” Find out what really makes a food healthy.
Then decide what food groups you are going to keep or discard (some people decide not to include dairy in their diets. For example, they will lean toward a primitive diet that does not include grains.
Always check the nutrition facts label found on the food package. This label will tell you all the information you need to know about the food item.
Cooking healthy is a great thing – especially when you use the nutrition label to assist you with your food choices.
Tip 2: Make a Chart!
Once you are comfortable with what constitutes a healthy food, you can make a chart. This can be so helpful in making out grocery lists and planning meals, and in making the transition in general.
To make the chart, you will need two basic columns. If you are concerned with other aspects of your diet, such as glycemic index and nutritive value, then you might want more columns.
On one side of the chart are the foods you normally eat. On the other side, put a replacement. For instance, you might have doughnuts on one side; you can put whole wheat cinnamon toast on the other side as a replacement.
If you aren’t sure what to replace with a healthier alternative, a good rule of thumb is: replace white with brown, artificial with natural, and processed for whole.
For instance, traditional pasta can be replaced with whole grain pasta; fruit snacks can be replaced with natural dried fruit; and potato chips with organic snacks.
Tip 3: How to Prepare Healthier Food!
When cooking your food, you should also limit solid fats such as butter, margarine, shortening, and lard.
These foods may add flavor to your dishes, although they can also help raise your cholesterol as well.
Instead of deep frying, try grilling, stir frying, microwaving, baking, and even boiling. You should also try fresh or even dried herbs and spices to add flavor to your food.
Before you eat any type of meat, be sure to trim the fat and skin off of it.
Tip 4: No More Diet Thinking!
There are no good foods nor any bad foods. All food can be a part of a healthy diet, when eaten in moderation.
It’s not necessary to buy low carb, fat free, or even diet foods, as these foods normally have lots of other added ingredients to replaces the carbohydrates or fat.
Health experts agree that when switching to a healthier eating plan you’ll want to make the transition gradually because it is less shocking to your system.
You’ll also want to increase the amount of food you eat. Even though this may sound like a bad idea, it really helps.
If you load up on healthy food, you may simply not want the unhealthy stuff.
Making a point of eating lots of high-quality, whole foods will theoretically leave less room for the bad stuff – and this is true for your grocery budget as well.
Some find this makes for an easier transition than cutting out unhealthy foods and feeling deprived.
Start Your Transition to Healthy Cooking Today!
For those of you who are striving to incorporate healthy cooking habits into your daily routines,there are many books and magazines that are filled with recipes that encourage healthy cooking and eating habits.
The really good news is that you can incorporate healthy cooking into your daily cooking routine whether you are cooking for one or a household of ten.
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