Looking for some guidelines to follow while creating healthy eating habits? Here’s a good rule of thumb that is easy to follow: go with the least processed version of the food. For example, eat real green beans not those puffed, dried, green veggie chips. If you’re craving carbs have a baked potato (eat the skin!) instead of French fries. If you’re hankering for red meat, go with a lean cut like flank steak rather than a fast food hamburger. Or, if your desire is citrus, go with an actual orange over orange juice, but opt for orange juice over an orange flavored sports drink. It helps to shop the perimeter of your grocery store, because that is where the fresh food is located. This way you will be avoiding processed food and all their unhealthy added ingredients, especially the sodium.
One dietician explains this as eating “closer to the earth.” Although it might take a little more work to peel an orange over twisting the top off a sports drink, it is much healthier in the long run.