Healthy eating habits start with small changes
6/16/2016 3:20 PM
At the Live Oak Health Partners community clinic, we see many cases of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Diet plays a big role in improving these conditions.
I find it’s difficult for people to live a healthy lifestyle when other members of their household are not motivated. Another challenge I see is that eating healthy can be very expensive. However, I think making even small changes can make a big difference for your health.
Here are a few tips for eating healthy:
1. 1. If you go out to eat, keep in mind that restaurants want their food to taste good. That means there will be a lot of calories, salt and fat included. If you’re at a restaurant, choose a healthier option like a salad or grilled chicken breast.
2. Cook your own fresh vegetables and lean meat (such as fish or chicken) at home. Grilling or baking food is healthier than frying it. Only add salt to taste after the meal is prepared.
3. Cook using only a small amount of oil, and choose oils that are lower in fat (such as olive oil).
I encourage my patients to aim for small changes. Don’t set a 50-pound weight loss goal. Instead, aim for 10 pounds and be consistent. When you practice healthy habits on a regular basis, they will accumulate over time.
For more useful health tips, visit CTMC’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/CTMCSanMarcos.
About the Author
Stephen Richardson, MD, is a family doctor and obstetrician at the Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic in San Marcos, Texas.