(BPT) - Eating right is more than just something to try out for the new year. It’s a commitment to choosing a healthy lifestyle that increases your energy, sense of well-being and activity level.
Everyone has their own motivation for eating right, whether you are training for a 5k or just want to make sure you see your preschooler's high school graduation, and it is up to you to personalize your game plan. Though most people want to eat better, too many people think eating right takes a lot of work, or that it will mean sacrificing everything you love about food, including taste and flavor.
Luckily, this is a misperception, and entering the flavorful world of eating right is easier than you think. Nutritious food is delicious food. We connected with two experts that know a thing or two about living a healthy lifestyle, and have five inspiring tips to help you make your own satisfying choices.
1. Embrace your cravings
For anyone who’s tried to improve their way of eating, cravings are a major barrier. The conventional way of thinking is that you should have the willpower to overcome these cravings. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and author of "The Superfood Swap," Dawn Jackson Blatner suggests people indulge their cravings but with ingredients that are better for you. For instance, if you’re craving fried rice, swap the rice for “riced” cauliflower, or if you want some hearty lasagna, switch up the noodles for slices of veggies like eggplants and zucchini.
2. Get creative with snacking
Eating right doesn’t mean you need to suppress your urges or try to ignore those hunger pangs. Award-winning chef Seamus Mullen, who is also an avid cyclist, knows just how important it is to recharge with an energy-filled snack. One of his go-to snacks is Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes, either by themselves or stuffed with almond butter. They’re delicious, easy to keep on hand, and because they keep your body in balance and support bone health, are 100 percent guilt-free.
3. Make it fun
When it comes to eating right, there are a lot of science- and diet-related programs out there, but for Blatner, the key is to enjoy yourself and have fun. “When you add more playfulness and joy to healthy habits like grocery shopping and meal prep, you will be more successful sticking to them.”
4. See the world
Food does so much more than fill us up or make our taste buds dance. Food is a way to gather friends, have new experiences and explore diverse cultures. Eating healthy cuisines from around the world allows you to pack in the nutrients and have an adventure without leaving home. So go out and explore the culinary world. You might be surprised how delicious it is!
5. Establish a healthy routine
Setting up a routine and sticking to it will go a long way in making those healthy eating habits second nature. You don’t have to do anything drastic; in fact, many habits you start can be subtle and quite enjoyable. For instance, adding a glass of Sunsweet Amaz!n Prune Juice is an important part of a healthy daily routine to maintain digestive health, so you can feel your best.
All over social media, people are sharing stories and inspiring others with the hashtag #IEatRightBecause. Whether you eat right in the name of weight loss, health or well-being, Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes are one food you can eat simply because you like delicious food! Stay motivated, eat right and feel good!