Be healthy!!!!!Do you need some tips on eating healthier? What can you do to make your diet healthier without depriving yourself? Here are some things I incorporated into my diet to get healthy and stay healthy.

-Eat more vegetables.
-Eat more fruits.
-Eat heart healthy fats. Fish and nuts are included in that category.
-Choose oils such as canola, olive and avocado oil have the lowest percentage of saturated fat.
-Prepare more homemade meals. You have control when you cook your own meals.
-Avoid fast food restaurants; most foods are very high in fat.
-Eat a wide variety of foods. Balance is key!
-Eat more fiber.
-Eat Whole Grains instead of simple sugars (pastas, cakes, cookies, etc).
-Simple sugars should be eliminated or cut down extensively.
-Eat beans (legumes)
-If you really want to eat red meat, eat it in moderation. --Choose chicken and fish.
-Egg whites are great. Eat yolks in moderation.
-Cut down on salt. (It causes water retention)
-Replace whole milk with fat-free milk. (This may take time, in steps, going from whole to 2% to1% to fat-free)
-If you like to drink alcoholic beverages, do it in moderation.
-Eat 6 healthy small meals daily within a certain calorie range.
-Exercise 3 – 5 days per week.

See what works for you

As far as eating healthy foods, It's up to you to see what works for you. We all have favorite foods. I choose to eat a lot of chicken, fish, turkey burgers and veggies. I do eat a pork chop once a week or so because I love pork chops. Notice I said a pork chop though, one. As long as it's in moderation, it's all good. I have vegetables every day and a salad 3 – 7 times per week with a meal.

My advice is if you are starting a diet or healthy eating plan, choose foods you enjoy. Use spices and herbs...spice it up! Find recipes that are low-fat, high-fiber, taste good and are healthy for you. They do exist. You CAN enjoy a healthy eating plan. I do.

Things to avoid

Things I do my best to avoid when eating healthy and I suggest you do too, if possible.

Avoid eating 2- 3 hours before going to bed. Eating later makes it much harder for your body to digest your food.

Avoid eating saturated fats.

Don't skip any meals; especially breakfast. This causes blood sugar to go down, you lose your energy and you overeat when you do finally sit down for a meal.

Make your snacks healthy
Fruits, vegetables, yogurt.

An apple with peanut butter is a great balanced snack and fills you up. (Don't you remember the saying "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?)

Another good choice as a healthy snack is Almonds.

Drink water and bring your snacks with you!
Keep yourself hydrated. Haven't you been hearing this since you're a little kid in school? Drink your 8 glasses of water per day.
Bring healthy snacks with you so that you don't reach for the first unhealthy thing you see.

Good luck to you

It's not always easy to stay on a healthy eating plan but it is worth it!!!! Good luck!

If you have any questions or comments send me a post!!!! I always appreciate when you write to lets me know you are reading my articles. Thank you!!!

Author's Bio: 

Marion's focus is on overall personal development, health, fitness, motivation, growth, healing, and wellness. I have been featured in Shape, Prevention and Miss Fitness magazine. I had a local TV Show related to health and wellness and was featured in an article in the Danbury News Times in reference to that show.

I am a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor. I was certified as a Hypnotist and Level I & II Reiki Practitioner, Weight Watchers Leader & Aerobics Instructor. I practiced Thought Field Therapy and worked with Kinesiology.