Try to Shop Fresh and Local
If you have a garden, that's ideal. If not, try getting a tomato plant this year or a pre-made salsa garden pot. Next, the local farmer’s market, fruit stand or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group are great ways to get access to fresh, local produce (or form a co-op).
Water—a vital part of a healthy diet
Water makes up about 75% of our bodies and helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins. Yet many people go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy and headaches. Carry a water bottle with you or plan how to get eight glasses worth into your day. And try drinking lemon water in the morning at least 30 minutes before eating to give your digestive system with a clean start.
Caffeinated beverages, in particular, actually cause the body to lose water. Fresh fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, contain plenty of water and can help with hydration.
Plan AheadHealthy eating starts with simple substitutions, but can be aided more quickly by planning. You will have won half the healthy diet battle if you have a well-stocked pantry, a stash of quick and easy recipes, and plenty of healthy snacks.
Plan your meals for the week by picking a few healthy recipes that you and your family like. If you have three or four meals planned per week and eat leftovers on the other nights, you will be much farther ahead than if you are eating out or having frozen dinners most nights.
Cooking ahead saves time and money, not to mention future stress. Try to cook one or both weekend days or on a weekday evening and make extra to freeze or set aside for another night. Challenge yourself to come up with two or three dinners that can be put together without going to the store—utilizing things in your pantry, freezer, etc.