Healthy Eating Update: Letter from the Editor

Healthy Eating Update: Letter from the Editor

At Healthline Nutrition, we want to help you eat food that makes you feel good. We always start by looking at the science, but understand that real-life nutrition doesn’t fit a perfect nutritional model. Here’s how you can refresh your eating habits while still enjoying your meals.

Almost every January, without fail, people become interested in nutrition, health and wellness. There are countless solutions related to weight loss, specific eating patterns, fitness goals, and more.

While I love seeing the enthusiasm for taking better care of yourself, too often, it all starts with eliminating countless foods and going to the gym 7 days a week. The high start may feel great, but it tends to wear off after a couple of weeks.

Instead of banishing sugar, carbs or bread, what if you focused on small positive changes you could make? Swaps that may not seem that significant but are much more likely to be sustainable.

It is estimated that only about 9% of people keep their resolutions each year. Why not try some healthy refreshments instead? It’s not that exciting, but getting back to basics is important.

If you feel confused about where to start, you’re not alone. Almost everyone has an opinion about nutrition, and it’s not always – er, rarely – based on evidence.

On social media, it can be difficult to sift through nutritional information and figure out what’s true and what makes sense for you. I encourage you to start with what the science says and also start small.

New research was just released, showing how important hydration is to healthy aging, so drink more water (maybe a new water bottle will help motivate you).

We know that sleep is important for overall health and affects appetite and food cravings (try these science-based tips for better sleep).

Almost 90% of us You’re not eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, but we have some creative and simple ways to help fill you up.

If you’re already ticking those boxes and getting some exercise, good for you. Think of other small ways to freshen up your eating habits. Maybe you set a goal to try one new food per week, eat protein-rich foods at most meals and snacks, cook more at home, or meal prep on Sundays.

Notice how most of the small changes I mention are positive. They are foods or habits that you can add to your day. I don’t like restrictions or deprivations, but I think adding some good things can naturally help exclude other behaviors.

Nutrition and healthy eating are often presented as an $80 smoothie filled with potions, powders, and tinctures. In fact, you could make a smoothie with frozen fruits and vegetables for a fraction of the price that will still do you a lot of good.

In addition to being cheap, healthy food should taste good. Only 29% of Healthline readers said they think healthy food tastes good, meaning most people equate healthy food with tasting bad. This is a myth that I hope we can dispel together.

Not everything has to be the most amazing meal of your life, but have you ever tried roasted Brussels sprouts? They taste light years away from any steamed or boiled sprouts you might remember as a child.

If cooking seems overwhelming, these 10 simple dinner recipes can help you put tasty, easy meals on the table. Or try a healthy meal delivery service to make dinner even easier.

A healthy diet should include foods that you love, that you grew up with, and that are part of your culture.

Nutrition is one piece of a complex puzzle when it comes to health. While good nutrition is essential, it’s not the only thing that matters.

When it comes to healthy refreshments, some changes will happen on the plate and some will happen outside of the nutrition. General well-being behaviors such as sleeping more, moving your body more and taking care of your mental well-being.

Too often I see people ashamed of eating a cookie or potato chip or making a food choice they consider “bad.” This year, try letting go of food guilt and treat yourself with kindness.

On days when I reach for more processed food than usual, it probably means I was busy making good memories. Instead of beating myself up, I let go and trust that my next meals will be a little more nutrient-dense.

At Healthline we will teach you about optimal nutrition and give you the opportunity to take that information and apply it to figure out what works for you. Sometimes it will be high protein salads and sometimes they will enjoy cookies without guilt.

I’m rooting for you to give up the goal of dietary perfection and instead embrace what comes from eating foods that make you feel good.

I hope that when you come to Healthline Nutrition, you feel like you’re sitting down for a cozy, comforting, balanced meal with a friend who knows a lot about nutrition science.

Here we are, abandoning resolutions in favor of refreshing your eating habits in 2023.

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