Everyone eats. You just can’t avoid it. Bodies crave food to fuel your life. But today it is possible to put really poor fuels in your tank. And those foods can cause some problems, from weight gain to any number of health-related problems.
Unfortunately, cutting out lots of types of foods or ingredients can cause other health problems. So what do you do?
Educate Yourself, and Others
One thing you can do is learn what to eat, how much to eat, and how to prepare it. And since you are learning these things, how about sharing what you know?
Food blogging is a great way to share your dietary discoveries with others, and even turn it around and have others share their knowledge with you.
Now there are actually educational tracks available to become a registered dietitian. And there are a lot of them out blogging already.
You don’t necessarily need to be one to blog about food, but when you are filing in your education, think about whether the advice of one of these trained and certified people is more reliable than a doctor in an unrelated field or a healthy and fit person with no training or background. While it’s true, in most cases, that it worked for them, that doesn’t always mean it will work for everyone or is even safe for everyone.
Stay alert, stay alive, and despite warnings about sodium, take things with a grain of salt.
As you browse the different information available you are sure to come across a lot of recipes. After assessing how healthy they are, yes, that chocolate decadence looks great but might be a little high in calories, give the good ones a try. See how easy or hard it is to make and how it tastes. You are testing this out for your audience, so keep them in mind as you go.
Just like you don’t need to blog daily or hourly, you don’t need to sample new recipes constantly. This isn’t an excuse to try a dozen new things today, spread them out over a week or two. You want to inform your readers, not bury them.
There are some foods and types of foods that are a bit too common in our diets. Experiment with healthier alternatives. See how naturally sweet ingredients can replace some of the sugar in recipes. Try things like mashed cauliflower as an occasional substitute for mashed potatoes. Brown rice instead of white rice once in a while. Whole grain foods, like breads, instead of the more processed ones.
You may not want to totally eliminate some foods people consider unhealthy but reducing them somewhat and finding tasty replacements will make you miss them less and still get some of the benefits of a healthier diet. There’s no need to chop things one hundred percent out of your diet before your next meal. As Erma Bombeck once joked, “I worry about scientists discovering lettuce has been fattening all along.”
Take Baby Steps
Try new things, but do it slowly, carefully, understanding it isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. And really, it isn’t a race. You are telling your readers about what you’ve discovered, what you think works, what you’ve been trying. If you overturn your entire life and change everything you’ve ever eaten, how will they, or you, know what worked?
Changing things out slowly gives you a chance to identify what helped, what hurt, and what made no difference. At least, it can. You may not be able to tell, or the time it takes to make a difference might be weeks, months, or years. But keep the things that help, do it in moderation, and keep an eye on what the trained experts say. The latest fad diet might be very effective, but there can be repercussions if it’s found to do harm that’s only obvious a year later.
Use What You Learn
As you go you will find out about solid, reliable ways to improve what you eat. Healthier food will make a healthier diet will make a healthier you. Take advantage of this and upgrade yourself. Find good foods that taste good and prepare them with those recipes you gathered. Moderate your consumption and limit the foods that are less than stellar diet-wise.
Sure, you can have that piece of birthday cake or wedding cake, just don’t offer to take the remaining leftover half home with you.
You’ll pick up lots of tips for better meal planning, food preparation, and portion control. Use them for yourself and your family. Not only will you eat better, but you are automatically generating more posts for your blog. Here’s how I do it is a great topic and can be reused for every different thing you do.
So now you know a neat trick to eat healthier and share that with others. And don’t worry about starting a blog being too complicated for you.
There are plenty of resources out there. You start with choosing your domain name, find a reliable hosting service, and use one of the hundreds of step by step guides to setting up your site if you just want something quick you can finish in an afternoon. And you can always spruce it up afterwards with better graphics, nice photos, or other easy enhancements. In no time you can be posting about how you learned to eat better, healthier, and tastier. And are loving the results.