Why It Is Difficult to Find Healthy Food Options

From your primary care physician to your family dentist in Arborg and others, we constantly hear we should be eating healthier diets that consists of all-natural and organic foods. Unfortunately, for most of us, we find it difficult to eat healthy all the time.

We have busy and active lifestyles which keep up constantly on the go, and the last thing most of us want to do is spend an hour or longer preparing meals two or three times a day. This is why so many people and families rely upon “quick” meal options, like fast food and takeout restaurants, and frozen, microwaveable dinners.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to start to make changes to your current eating habits and slowly transition to a healthier diet, as follows:

1. Read package labels on everything you buy. The labels are there for a reason and it is to help you make wise food decisions. Look at the amount of sodium, sugar, and saturated (bad) fats in each serving. Also look at the serving size, as this can be misleading, as you might intend to eat the entire package in one sitting, but the serving size says there are four servings, so you would have to multiple everything by four to make an accurate assessment.

2. Measure our serving sizes. This is another thing you can do to help ensure you are eating the proper amount and avoid overeating. Many people just guess or eat whatever portion size they want. But, when you want to eat healthier, it requires measuring out your food and just eating that amount. After eating a meal they measured out, most people are actually surprised just how full they feel.

3. Avoid foods with high amounts of corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, and other sweeteners.The bacteria in our mouths that helps start the digestive processes thrives on sugars. Plus, this bacteria is fuel for tooth decay because as it breaks down sugars, it creates the acids found in plaque that eats through the enamel on the teeth, and if not cared for can lead to cavities.

4. Avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates in the afternoons and evenings. Carbohydrates are fuel for the body and provide us with energy. They are great to eat first thing in the morning to get us going, but should be avoided later in the day. If we do not use the energy created by carbohydrates, the body will convert this to sugars and store it all away as fat.

By starting to us these tips and sticking with them, you will be on your way to eating a well-balanced diet, which is not only good for our bodies, but also our teeth and gums.

Lastly, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and maintain regular visits to your family dentist, like here at Arborg Family Dental. Call us at (204) 376-2624 to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning today!