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Smart Eating Tips for Better Health

If youíre trying to improve your diet and watch your weight through nutrition, here are some things you should pay attention to. People become addicted to certain foods and these foods and habits can be adding extra calories to your diet.

If youíre middle aged to a senior citizen, you canít consume calories like you used to 20 years ago. Calorie requirements drop as you get older and you canít afford to have as many sweets and caloric snacks as before. Try and stick with lean proteins, whole grains and vegetables.

Having the wrong snacks and ďquickĒ foods on hand can really wreck your diet. Donít keep chips, ice cream or other junk foods lying around. If itís there, youíre going to eat it! Stock your refrigerator and pantry with fruits, veggies, and healthy snack foods.

Keep frozen vegetables, unsweetened fruits and even a couple have frozen entrees on hand in your freezer. If you donít feel like preparing a meal, this is a nice back up. Make sure the fruits and veggies donít have added sauces or sugars. Stay away from meats and ďmain coursesĒ with high sodium content or preservatives. Frozen fish filets and chicken breasts are smart choices.

Donít fast or skip meals. This is one of the worst things you can do for your body. It not only slows your bodyís metabolic function, but youíll end up overeating at that next meal. Your body and brain knows it has been deprived so people tend to go overboard and eat way too much. Eat four to five small to medium sized meals every day.

Donít believe the fad diets and miracle answers to weight loss. Likely the new diet that is advertised wonít bring you lasting results. If you want to get in shape, get your exercise and eat a healthy balanced diet.

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