Choosing healthy food: How to choose healthy food in a world of junk food

Choosing healthy food can be tricky, especially when we’re surrounded by junk food everywhere we go: fast-food drive-thrus at every corner, goodies in the office, social events with unhealthy foods, and everything in between. But with a little practice, you can make healthy food choices! This article will outline 3 steps to take next time you face a choice of food.

1. Look at the ingredients

The most important thing about eating healthy is paying attention to the ingredients used for the foods you eat. Stay away from foods that include sugar, large amounts of unhealthy fat, preservatives, chemicals, and high levels of sodium. Focus your eating on foods that are in their most natural form because they contain higher levels of nutrition.

2. Always keep healthy food available

You never know when you need a snack, so keeping healthy options available is a good idea. Keep some non-perishable goodies in your car, items like nuts and dried fruit are great. Have healthy snacks available in your desk drawer and fridge in the break room. Take an apple with you as you leave the house.

3. Remember it’s OK to say no

Many people find themselves eating unhealthy foods because the food is free or they are in a social situation where everyone else is eating unhealthy food. If you are in one of these situations, remember that it is OK to say no. Most friends and family will understand why you are eating other foods, just explain why you are eating healthy and they will support your decision.

One of the best defenses to keep you on track with your choices of healthy food is to have a plan put together in advance. Remember the 3 steps you need to follow and stick to the plan the next time you face a difficult choice of food.