Daily Healthy Eating Tips

January 10, 2014


• Cook and prepare meals at home as much as you can to avoid eating higher fat and sodium foods when dinning out.
• Take advantage of healthy recipes are available at your local library and internet
• Plan you menu, make a shopping list before going to the store. Don’t go hungry.
• Buy plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits that you like.
• Include whole grains breads and pasta
• Read nutrition labels. Watch for high fat, sodium and high sugar in packaged foods
• Eat something within in the first hour you are up
• Eat small meals every 3-4 hours. Aim for 3 meals and 2 small snacks
• Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration and aid in digestion

FROM LivestrongWoman CHANNEL

Dinning out TIPS:
• Order the healthiest option of the food you want. Example pasta with tomato base sauce instead of cream sauce.
• Chose healthier sides such as a salad instead of fried green beans
• Portion control by sharing a meal or take half of your meal home
• Order appetizers instead of entrée for smaller portions
• Order child’s or senior portions If available
• Eat a food with high fiber and drink plenty of water before going out. This fills you up before getting to the tempting foods.

{ 215 comments… read them below or add one }

k. williams May 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

One of my biggest problems with nutrition and eating healthy meals is maintaing the appropriate serving size. Which is probably a big problem for most people.


mdanner4505 June 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

controlling the appropriate serving, is a biggie for me!


faleisha January 25, 2015 at 11:17 am

my biggest problem is drinking soda and snacking all night.

lwalker June 19, 2015 at 4:02 am

I agree 100% that eating nutrition meals in portions is a huge problem for me and my family, I never seem to maintain the appropriate serving size. And I also have a terrible habit of going back for seconds, not good! I know!

aellis February 24, 2016 at 11:16 pm

Just do small portions of some of your favorite fruit and veggies and sandwiches. Either water or Gatorade. You can occasionally throw a soda or some sweet tea in there. Just be cautious of calories and carbs

ppendergrass June 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

I agree about portions. My husband and I eat healthy meals, but portion control is our down fall.

JGarrett July 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm

I agree! Portion control is killer for me. I do not know when to put the fork down. I eat until i am miserable.

JessyM July 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

my biggest problem is prepping and having time to cook healthy!

Morgan Long March 8, 2017 at 10:52 am

I have the same problem because I never know how much I should put on my plate and so on.

smcneely24 January 30, 2018 at 8:43 pm

The biggest problem I have is making sure I actually eat. I’m always on the go and some days I don’t eat nearly as much as I should.

vvaldes1222 May 1, 2015 at 12:16 am

Yes, I agree with you. Appropriate serving size is a big problem with me too.


ywilson June 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm

I agree with you. The serving sizes are a big problem in this world now a days. It’s also hard to work some of those off when it comes to working out.

Cicenhower June 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

I agree. It is hard to eat the correct serving size.

cfields2 September 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Me too! Especially out to eat at restaurants.

wsullivan June 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm

I agree serving size it probably the biggest down fall for most people when eating healthy. I know for myself it has always been a struggle. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you are eating healthy if you are eating way too much.


Demetric.Jennings2061 July 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

i agree that serving size is an issue but only because we mentally over eat. you should limit yourself, and not help yourself to that extra piece of whatever you are eating.

Ssmith5449 November 29, 2015 at 5:17 pm

I completely agree! I was told in class that your stomach is the size of your fist. An average meal out is like the size of 5 fists! I can’t salt half of my food either like they tell you because I am a broke college student. Portion control is the downfall of me.

Megan moore February 24, 2016 at 11:22 pm

Yeah I agree. Serving size is a big issue with most people. It’s hard to cut back. Especially if you are still hungry.

knichole February 28, 2016 at 8:53 am

I can agree, when on the go, serving size is hard because we are still hungry and need to find something to fill us up. I find that drinking a glass of water before my meals tends to help me control how much I eat and it helps get the correct amount of water I need for the day too.

Micah Thomas October 5, 2016 at 12:07 am

Yes, serving size has also been the biggest struggle for me also. I also tend to eat more and more!

Demetric.Jennings2061 July 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

A big part of my diet was starting my own meal prep , its really help me avoid eating out and snacking.


saylett October 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm

My biggest problem was also meal prep. I wanted to believe the fad diets that produced weight loss fast. I now know that the slower weight is lost, the better chance it becomes permanent.

RSwaim June 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm

A big part of helping not to over eat would be to meal prep. I agree this would help me maintain the correct meal size.

Megan Schofield October 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

I totally agree! With a busy life it always seems like i am rushing around ,and if I make sure to have breakfast in the freezer or fridge ready to go i don’t stop at that fast food chain and grab that unhealthy greasy meal because it is quick and cheap. Same with dinner if it is ready to be heated when i get home i’m not stressing about what we are going to have and just stop and pick something up on the way home.

CHARPER3 October 11, 2017 at 8:09 pm

I’m one of those people who would love to meal prep, but I just don’t have the time! I have made an effort to have healthy snacks and smaller, lower fat and sodium meals.

Kmclane1426 August 22, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Yes it is especially when you are feeding a large family with large appetites.


Autumn Donley October 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

It’s especily hard when your family is picky and is lactatoseintollerant.

lwebb August 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I struggle with having the right serving size also!


RebeccaBeck August 30, 2015 at 2:45 am

I too have the same issue with proportion sizing. Using a smaller plate really helps me tremendously because visually I see a full plate but in all actuality it is probably half of my normal intake with a full size plate.


drandle October 5, 2016 at 5:52 pm

I really liked this suggestion from the video. I have a problem with wanting to eat everything on my plate even if I am full. Using a smaller plate would definitely help with my portion control.

tcowles2149 March 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

that is a very good idea to use for portion control. I will have to begin to do this because I too have a big problem with portion control. I can’t put down my food until im miserable

Ksmith October 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

That is one of my biggest problems, but i have been working hard to fix it!


Morgan Long March 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

I honestly think that is everyone’s problem because no one really has time to make sure your eating the right amount.

chelseavhunter January 14, 2016 at 12:14 am

I completly agree with you on serving size. When i first found out what the appropriate portions were for a healthy meal and lifestyle i was shocked and felt that it was going to impossible for me to be able to only eat that amount and get full.


dasmith January 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

I purchased a small scale from WalMart that I leave on my counter top. It was very inexpensive and has helped me so much. I’ve been amazed at the difference between what I guessed at serving sizes versus what it really is, once seeing it on the scale.


mcash97 January 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm

totally agree most people do not even look at portions they just eat how much looks good


lcarroll9978 February 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm

This is definitely a problem for me. I just ate three pieces of pizzas when I should have stopped with two. I was still hungry after two pieces.


dhouse2 October 17, 2016 at 12:21 pm

with eating pizza you can eat thin crust and that will help you with watching your carbs. this way if you eat more than you feel you should its not as bad and doing a deep dish or think crust.

blusinger February 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm

this used to be my biggest problem when I ate, now I just control how much I eat and it seems to help because ive lost weight.


IReagan February 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm

I agree! I either eat way too much of a food or way too little. I really need to just be more aware of what I’m fueling my body with.


kfendley June 5, 2016 at 11:12 pm

I totally agree with you. I have tired to cut out eating out all together and actually using a measuring cup to help with portions.


jpatino June 7, 2016 at 8:56 pm

The proper serving size is very difficult to maintain. Most places that you go to have any oversized portion.


psimms July 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm

I feel like a big problem for most people is the fact that the availability of “healthy foods” is less than that of unhealthy foods. Therefore when someone needs a snack, they just grab the quickest option. Most likely being something unhealthy.


vrobinson July 6, 2016 at 11:02 pm

That is my biggest problem as well portion control is definitely the toughest because it just doesn’t seem like enough but it takes some getting used to.


sgerhardt September 6, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Portion control is the worst!! Especially in the world we live in. Everything is super sized and way too much food. I like the idea of using a smaller plate…I just have to tell myself that doesn’t mean to go back for seconds!!!


ckilpatrick October 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Amen! We have to keep that in mind!

Molly Harvey September 10, 2016 at 2:40 am

That also is a big problem with me. I am so inconsistent with my eating, that I usually do not eat until I am starving, and then I end up eating way too much way too fast. It is hard to manage a proper diet sometimes when you work such odd hours and don’t have access to healthy options all the time. It is so easy to order a large in everything because it does not cost much more to do so.


kshende June 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

I tend to be inconsistent also. I am always on the go, so most of the time I miss lunch! By dinner, I am starving.

smcneely24 January 30, 2018 at 8:47 pm

I totally agree. I work all of the time and eating isn’t on my mind until it’s too late and I start to feel sluggish.

EPUGH September 14, 2016 at 5:21 pm

I wish when you went out to eat the portions were smaller and the prices were cheaper. If I could get half the amount of food and it cost half the price the world would be a better place indeed! But then I might end up eating out too much…


aturner October 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm

Me too. I usually end up eating it all because it is there, not because I’m still hungry.

kbrasfield September 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Yes restaurant portions are a major cause for people overeating. one of favorite Mexican restaurants has the burrito gigante which is probably 3 servings in itself. I try to not eat all of it but usually do because it is so good.


aturner October 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

One of my problems too. Have been doing better, but still struggle with it, especially if have a homecooked meal.


dhutchens October 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Agreed! I sometimes skip meals because I am busy doing something else. So when I get time to finally eat, sometimes I tend to over do it!


trhoden October 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

I agree! This is my problem too. I will be so hungry and I will get a huge serving and portion size, even though I know it is not healthy. Sometimes I eat like 5 pieces of pizza when I know I should limit myself, especially since it is unhealthy.


ltutt October 6, 2016 at 9:23 am

I tend to make serving sizes much bigger than they need to be as well.


ndalton February 6, 2017 at 11:14 pm

I think I have the same problem. Sodas are a big problem for me as well. Then I never eat breakfast.


mhardage3 February 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

it is for me! I will do good for a week or two and see results and feel amazing and then i have one “cheat day” and it ruins everything.


idelatoba February 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm

Hello, K. Williams, I agree eating the right portion size is hard because if you like the taste you always want more, at least I do.Israel Delatoba


bburks March 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm

I agree! I think people overestimate portion sizes. You’d be surprised how much, or should I say little, 4oz of protein really is.


Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 6:37 pm

I find that this is a big problem for myself as well because it is so hard to get healthy snacks in between meals.


collinb1986 June 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

This is true for me as well. I have found that sometimes it can be quite hard to eat healthy when all you want to do is eat more and more of a certain food.


sloy2016 August 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Yes! I am so bad at eating healthy meals because my family stays so busy. We are hardly ever home at night so it makes it hard to come up with quick and healthy things to cook that are healthy!


Josey Wilson October 11, 2017 at 10:33 am

Eating out at a restaurant is not helpful in portion control, as a normal size plate is usually way too much for one person to eat alone, yet someone might feel the need to finish it because it is sitting in front of them.


jwilson15 October 11, 2017 at 10:41 am

Restaurants play a big part in portion control. A normal sized plate at most any restaurant is too much for one person to eat, yet the person might feel obligated to finish it because it is sitting in front of them.


LSB62 February 1, 2018 at 11:17 pm

I agree, portion size and drinking plenty of water vs drinks and juice is the hardest for me.


pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm

In my opinion Water is the most important key in weight control.


CLovell February 24, 2015 at 3:11 pm

I agree, I heard a gallon a day is key.


Mcrabb1 April 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

I also agree with you and I believe that water not only clean our body from outside but it also lean our body from inside. Water is the best medicine like laughter to stay healthy!!!

tmarlin June 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm

No kidding I was amazed at what a difference just replacing one or two sodas a day with waters


lwebb August 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I agree with this 100%. A friend of mine switched to drinking only water (lots of it) and ended up losing weight.


Gina Jones July 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm

I agree! Water helps you not overeat, it helps sustain your appetite, and it helps to regulate digestion processes.


koverton September 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

I’ve heard before that just cutting soda out of your diet can help you lose an average of 10 pounds in a year! I know that might not seem like a lot of weight, but that’s just from soda. Imagine if you started cutting out everything else bad and exercising too.


aturner October 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

I agree. I started drinking more water and less cokes and lost weight without trying.


Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Water is the best way to detoxify your body and allow you to get the most from the food that you eat.


pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

i used to work with a trainer and we would work out together every day and he gave some of the best eating tips i have ever heard before this class.


Nicipoo822 January 23, 2015 at 1:48 am

You say your trainer offered up some of the best eating tips…care to share what was told to you..you can never have too many helpful hints


bkulis March 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Eating at home is definitely a better way to eat healthy and also is way more affordable. I have learned when I do go out to make he;althy choices. Eating a nice salad verses fried chicken and sweet tea.


sdreyer February 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm

I agree nothing beats moms cooking if I could eat at home every day I would


Agnes Turner June 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I agree that cooking home the best benefit to keep eating healthy. I do not like to go out to eat at restaurants.

Seth Escamilla January 29, 2017 at 12:09 pm

same here.

Co94dy7 February 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Also it is cheaper to just get a salad and a water although it can be difficult.


Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Eating at home is definitely a better option for health but I find more times then not healthy food is more expensive then it’s alternative


MCogburn3 March 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

This video is a little fast paced. Overall, very informative~!! Certainly makes you want some fruit with all those dancing ones~!! XD ♥♥♥ I never realized I should eat snacks, good to know~!! 🙂


Darius2 March 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Eating fruits really helped me stay hydrated and filled with energy.


awagner March 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I’d say the one thing that I already follow in these videos is drinking water. I cut soda out of my life over 2 years ago. The biggest thing that I feel I need to work on is to make sure I eat breakfast. I don’t have the best sleep schedule right now, and in the morning it becomes very easy for me to opt for more sleep rather than eating breakfast. I will try to get up earlier in order to at least get something in my system before starting my day.


MCogburn3 March 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I totally agree~!! I’m still in the process of converting myself to only water, the sugar in sodas is so~ooo addicting~!! DX


koliver2054 June 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I totally agree by cutting out sodas it makes me feel better and makes exercising a lot easier. That is the best idea to wake up early enough to get in a good breakfast.


EWalters October 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

Do make time for breakfast. And it can be something small that you can eat in the care on the way to work/school. I love the belvita breakfast bars.They are delicious!


Natasha Toudouze March 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

This is really interesting because I didn’t know you could have the food divided in half so you only eat half there and take the rest home.


awagner March 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I found that interesting as well. However, I wonder how much the nutritional value is affected by different factors like how long it sits before reheating it, or the reheating itself.


lekeisha ollison March 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm

yeah,didnt know that either.i never finsih my meals anyways


ywilson June 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

I agree 100%. I have ate out a lot and gotten full really quick. It does help me a lot when i take the rest of my food home with me because i can always eat it for later or i can eat it for lunch later


HHairston September 15, 2016 at 1:55 am

I always get full when I eat out. I also always get a salad of some type of steamed vegetable.

ethacker March 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I found this video very interesting. I have been recently trying to figure out ways I can change my eating habits to become healthier. I never eat breakfast so that is something I have to start doing within an hour of waking up to get my metabolism moving faster throughout the day. Also, as mentioned in this video I need to eat at home more with freshly cooked meals, using a lot of fruits and veggies.


iramirez March 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Cooking is not one of my specialties or thing that interests me so I tend to eat out sometimes, when my mom has her break from all the cooking, aside from this I work in a restaurant where many unhealthy food is made. And because of my busy schedule I almost never have time to eat breakfast, I realize all of these factors can lead to poor health and I am really trying to improve my eating habits, although it is hard, it is a working progress.


jreyes October 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Totally agree with your comment! I lead such a busy life also and never make time to be healthy. I waste so much money buying fast food even after being aware that it’s so unhealthy!


chobbs March 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

It is sometimes very difficult to know where to begin when attempting to eat healthy. This video had a lot of great information, including tips on how to get started. As for myself, I do not prepare much of my own food and that is clearly where I need to start on my personal fitness journey.


cgreene March 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Healthy eating habits has to start with the individual I believe. I know a lot of people say it starts at home with the family but I learned in developmental psych that our bodies (healthy wgt. and body type) is inherited to an extent, the environment also plays a role in our eating habits and body types. As mentioned in the first vid more than 16% of young people are obese and this isn’t simply because mom and dad took them to get a hamburger out somewhere. Young people, as they grow, have to take responsibility and I think this is the only way we as a society can become healthier.


Natasha Toudouze March 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

That is true.


Katarina Lazic March 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I enjoyed this video and it’s very useful for the people that are trying to eat right and healthy, and also for dieting.
I also found it interesting to eat up 1 hour after you get up. Sometimes, I notice that I don’t do that and it messes with me.


devans January 28, 2015 at 7:39 am

I also thought eating within an hour of getting up interesting. I always put it off as long as I can so I’m not so hungry before lunch.


dgray January 28, 2015 at 8:35 pm

I found it very interesting of making it a habit to eat breakfast within a hour of waking up. I wonder why 1hr though? I usually put it off as long as I could thinking it would help me eat less throughout the day.

CLovell March 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I should start cooking more for my family, we usually eat out a lot.


jostie March 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I agree with this video. Making a change at first may be hard, but it gets easier with time. I’ve found that when I take the time to make a grocery list, pick up healthy foods,and drink more water I tend to lose weight.


MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I have a problem eating healthy. I want something that is quick and easy to fix. I will drink water if I have to, however, most of the time I don’t.


beasterling March 1, 2014 at 11:07 am

These tips were very good. I have tried that eating only half and taking the rest home and it does work. You usually are full before your done anyway.


Averyel85 October 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

Yes that was a very good tip! I’m definitely going to try to do that the next time I go out.


Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

I find that eating slower and drinking more water between bites works just as well because you won’t eat as much.


ACOOPER March 1, 2014 at 10:11 am

I totally agree with this video! It may seem difficult or a hassle at first but once get into a routine it becomes much easier. You may even see some weight loss with this adjustment. Also, in my personal opinion home cooked meals are always tastier! Smaller meals, home cooked meals, and healthier choices are always the way to go!


iramirez March 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

would you mind giving me cooking lessons? lol I agree home cooked meals are super tasty but…. Chinese food is my weakness!


jemerson February 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I couldn’t agree more regarding the plan to eat and plan more meals at home versus eating out at restaurants. I believe that it promotes so much more than simply nutritional health, it promotes a healthy family atmosphere- it incorporates a time in such a busy lifestyle for a family to stop what they are doing and talk about anything they want to talk about. It doesn’t have to be a forced conversation about “what they did today”.


beasterling March 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

I like how you said “healthy family atmosphere” it definitely shows our kids that you don’t have to overeat to enjoy your self and helps them grow up healthier.


aeasley February 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

If i ever go out to eat, I always make sure that the meal that I get is a good size for me to eat and not to large.


chobbs March 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I agree with you, many places serve meals that are 2-3X the reccomended serving size.


JALSTON February 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Eating out for me is the hardest part. I tend to feel like I have to eat as much as I can or get my money’s worth. I did find the ”to go bag” idea as a simple solution to this problem. Excellent video!!


ethacker March 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Eating out is a huge issue for me and my health too! I always think I can easily go pay ten bucks for a great meal rather than spending much more cooking at home. Even though it is way better for us to cook fresh meals at home. I am going to try to start doing this more!


Reginia Jennings February 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I feel that making a shopping list is important even though I don’t always do it. I find myself buying healthy food like fruits and veggies for my children not so much for myself. I skip meals and grab the first thing I can get my hand on while i’m at work.


MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I do the same thing. Seems like we make time to make sure the kids are eating healthy and we encourage them to do so, but we lack it ourselves


bkulis February 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

From watching this video I learned that I need to drink a lot more water and use wisdom in what food I eat and how much of it I eat.


beasterling March 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

The water thing is very good. Not only does it help you feel more full but it helps your body operate at its full potential.


ywilson June 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm

I agree with you. I drink water more often than i use to. Cutting back on sodas always help out as well

Aowens February 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I really enjoyed watching the video on daily healthy eating tips. Since the beginning of the year I have been trying to cook at home and eat more healthy. This video gave me a few tips that I had not thought of yet that will benefit me in.


mdanner4505 June 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I also enjoy watching this video, a lot of good and helpful tips.


Cstrickland5947 February 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

I have the hardest time eating healthy when I go out to eat. Honestly if I’m paying a lot of money for the food I want to enjoy it. At least I know I’m doing something right, I always find someone to split a meal with, because I know I will eat way too much if I do not. I need to work on preparing my own foods also.


Emerson February 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I couldn’t agree more regarding the plan to eat and plan more meals at home versus eating out at restaurants. I believe that it promotes so much more than simply nutritional health, it promotes a healthy family atmosphere- it incorporates a time in such a busy lifestyle for a family to stop what they are doing and talk about anything they want to talk about. It doesn’t have to be a forced conversation about “what they did today”.


wearnest February 19, 2014 at 10:55 am

I eat healthier when I am at home. When I go out to eat I tend to eat big portions. However, being in college it is hard to go home for lunch and come back in time so I find myself eating out for lunch on the days I have school. These videos were very helpful by giving advice on how to cut back. Cutting back and eating healthier is going to be a big challenge, but with this advice I think I can give it a try.


JALSTON February 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I am just as guilty about eating larger portions when I am not at home and going to school makes it more difficult as well


kbeard7948 February 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I think sharing a plate is definitely the best way to go. You don’t over-eat, and you aren’t eating alone. Also, when you are with a partner you tend to give them a little more food instead of scarf it all down for yourself!


Cstrickland5947 February 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

I agree, I always do this at restaurant it helps you a lot. If you don’t have all the food to yourself you will not eat nearly as much, because you can’t.


Ldavis February 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

My family likes to eat out a lot but its much healthier, cheaper, and tastes better when we eat at home. When I have a busy day at work, school, and with my son’s practices we eat out but maybe we should prepare so that we dont feel we have to eat out.


cosborne February 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Video 2 was extremely helpful. The “To go bag” method was very nifty. I would have never thought of that. I told myself i would start doing better, but it has been extremely hard.


aeasley February 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I have gone to chili’s and have asked them to cut my meal in half and put the other half in a to-go box. You would think that they would see you as odd, but when I asked the waiter, he acted like that happens all the time.


cosborne February 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Video 1
I am trying to eat healthy and i completely understand the importance of creating a shopping list and eating fresh fruits and veggies but when you are always on the go and fresh veggies and fruits are expensive, your left with what is convienent.


MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I couldn’t agree more. If the cost of healthy food were lower then maybe most of the US wouldn’t be overweight.


Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm

I hate that it is cheaper to eat unhealthy food rather then healthy food. It’s almost like you have to take a second for his over your house just to be able to afford to eat healthy.


mjoyner February 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

My problem is that I eat out a lot or if I eat at home its quick fix stuff that is high in fat. I can’t drink water unless it is ice cold I am not a fan of the taste of water.


ywilson June 7, 2015 at 7:25 pm

I totally agree with you.


Aflores1965 October 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

I love water!


ccantrell1 February 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

I love the part of this video about portion control, I generally use an appetizer as my meal when I go out to eat…. Since lately I am broke I have been trying to use these methods in my cooking at home 🙂


wbukowski February 11, 2014 at 2:19 am

These videos gave me some good ideas for eating better. I’m not really big on eating breakfast and bad about eating out more than I need too. The videos gave some really good tips about watching what we eat throughout the day.


MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm

It did me as well. I have always skipped breakfast and if I do eat it McDonalds is just around the corner. Sometimes are lives are just so full we go for convenience rather than health.


Pauffmomma March 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Or lives are so full and so busy that it is indeed easier to skip meals Inskip snacks and eat but we can get our hands on.

bpryor5215 February 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Video two gave very good tips! My favorite was about portion control. I dine out occasionally and I try to use portion control. The tip about using the appetizer as the entree was perfect. In the past I have tried that but instead of saving half for later I try to finish it all. I will be using these tips for sure!


wbukowski February 11, 2014 at 2:29 am

I agree, that was a good tip for portion control. And I’m in the same boat about using portion control while eating out but end up eating the whole meal when I’m out. All the tips were great ideas when eating out with friends.


preed February 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

My family and I are trying to cook more meals at home (and noticing it tastes better than fast food), but with busy lifestyles we still end up eating out on occasion. It is good to hear that we are not the only ones that struggle with “being good” about food all the time.


ccantrell1 February 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

you are not the only one! I am in a similar situation except i have no choice but to eat at home because i am broke lol but even if I did have the money to get a quick meal so i didnt have to cook , it would be fast food and that really isn’t good for anyone


cosborne February 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Im so glad to see that other people are struggling as well with eating “good” when you have such a busy lifestyle..very frustrating.


wwalker3804 February 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

We cook at home most of the time, however it is what we like the taste of not necessarily what is the best for us. We will have to work on that.
When eating out it is the same, and sometimes the portion are large. I have always been taught to eat what is on the plate. I will have to start getting a take home box.


kbennett February 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm

When my family & I go out to eat, we try to split the dinner between two people so we won’t overeat. If we want to order different meals, we ask for a to-go box when they bring the food to our table just so we won’t be tempted to overeat.


Seth Escamilla January 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm

I have the same problem. I was also taught that an empty plate is a happy plate, so now that I am older i still eat all the food on the plate, no matter how big the portions are


dbalding7689 February 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Being someone who doesn’t like a lot of healthy foods (such as fruits and vegetables), these videos help me see what I can do to be healthier. One thing I need to work on is portioning and not eating so many snacks in between meals. I also eat out a lot, which I know is bad but it’s so convenient! A question I have is: The video says eat within the first hour that you are up to boost metabolism, does it have to be a healthy breakfast to boost metabolism or does any food boost metabolism?


mhicks February 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Food in general is good to boost your metabolism but if it isn’t healthy, it isn’t really going to work in your favor. For example, if you wake up and eat a poptart, its all empty and not nutrient dense and you wont be full or satisfied. And those types of foods don’t have a variety of nutrients to help your body digest or become healthy whereas some eggs and toast with honey and peanut butter will. Also, healthier foods will make you feel soooo much better! Try it out for a couple of days and see how you feel!


Jordan Lewis February 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I am definitely going to try to start eating healthy.I learned some good tips about picking the right foods.


Ldavis February 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Eating healthy is easier said than done but once we put our minds to it we can all do it. I have always struggled with wanting junk to eat.


pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

not necessarily it just takes self control and a good mind set.

mdanner4505 June 18, 2014 at 10:08 pm

I as well have learn from these good tips, I will be working on picking the right foods.


ckuhn February 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

These videos can actually help me in many ways. I struggle the most with eating out. I travel a lot and many of my friends love to go out to eat. I always end up eating way more than i need to and most of the time get too full and sickly feeling. I have been trying to avoid eating out but this video helped me with dealing with the situation. One question i do have is what is the healthiest thing you can order at a mexican restaurant? We usually eat mexican ATLEAST once a week. So it can get dangerous with all the cheese dip and everything covered in cheese.


aschaeffer January 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The two best takeaways from my experience are eat at home and drink lots of water. I usually make poor decisions related to my diet at restaurants, but wise ones at the grocery store. Adding a little lemon to your water improves the taste and prevents the bad dry-mouth taste/feel some people complain about. Limiting yourself to water at restaurants saves you a lot of money as well.


mthacker0878 August 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm

I found these comments interesting because I also eat at home quite often and drink water with lemon with 90% of my meals. I also agree that it alleviates dry mouth and is refreshing. I have researched the health benefits of lemons and they have immune system boosting qualities. I would highly recommend using lemons on a daily basis.


mhicks January 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I agree with this completely! I think setting up a menu, grocery list and preparing your own meals is the best way to stay healthy. These tips help when avoiding obesity. Choosing from every food group also and writing down things to buy at the grocery store definately help make more concious diet decisions!


dbalding7689 February 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I think the list of things to buy at the grocery store helps prevent impulse buying things that look good in a store! If you know what you’re going to buy, it’s easier to stick to it when faced with unhealthy choices!


sladet January 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I am so amazed at how simple some of the foods where put together, as a mother I always grab easy things for myself such as chips and eating breakfast at 9 am. This was an eye opener, to eat an hour after waking up that means I should be having breakfast at 7 am in stead of 9. If any one know why it’s good to eat within an hour after waking up, I surely would love to know?


bpryor5215 February 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I agree, I am guilty of grabbing a bag of chips rather than making time to have something healthier in the morning. Usually when I get up, unless I’m starving, food is the last thing on my mind I just want more sleep. For future reference, I will keep that hour after waking up tip in mind. Maybe I will see some progress in my daily energy as well.


btubbs February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

It helps to jump start your metabolism. Another good thing you can do is slam 16 oz. of cold water as soon as you get up.


Twebb August 28, 2015 at 11:28 pm

The body hasn’t eaten all night long while it sleeps. The body has used all the nutrients from the last food it ate before bed and is now using it’s stored fat, muscles and water to run on. The sooner breakfast is eaten the better. When the body runs out of food it starts slowing down it’s processes, thus using calories slower.


btubbs January 23, 2014 at 8:22 am

I live a very fast paced lifestyle, so planning and cooking my own meals continuously is not really an option. I eat between 4 and eight times a day. I start every morning off at 0430 with a bowl of oatmeal and a shot of black coffee. Throughout the day I try to consume at least 1 gallon of wate. I carry a gallon jug of drinking water everywhere I go. I am a wildland firefighter so in the summer time I probably drink closer to two gallons a day. I eat about every two to three hours (200-400 cal.). I also try to make health-wise decisions on my food choices. about the only sugar I take in comes from dark beer or dry wine, which I fallow glass for glass with water. (want to prevent hangovers? Every time you make another drink or get another beer, drink an equal amount of water. its filling at first but you will soon become accustom to it.) I also try and limit meat to once a day, because I eat like a cave man and my portions are way off on meat. I don’t know how healthy this is but it works for me.


MeagonPorter September 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

While I agree these tips are very helpful, in my currently busy lifestyle being this organized about the food I consume is not as high on my list as it should. I realize that after making sure my child eats healthy I do not put as much effort and time into making sure I do the same. Soda and processed foods are my downfalls. I do believe that learning new recipes can benefit my family and myself, so that will be a goal, find a new meal that is healthy and delicious.


ndalton February 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Just as you my days are long but my eating habits are nothing like yours. From the sound of it you have a pretty good getting habit. Your water intake is amazing I think. I lucky if I can get at least 2 to 3 bottles in a day. I run off Mt. Dew most of the time because of my busy schedule. I never get breakfast in and it’s my favorite meal of the day. I’m only able to eat breakfast on weekends.


hyoung1 January 23, 2014 at 3:02 am

I was surprised that the obesity rate wasn’t higher. It seems like so many people are overweight nowadays. I try to always cook everything fresh in my home because I want my children to adapt to good eating habits and I myself, being a type 1 diabetic, my health depends on it. The best things in my opinion to eat are leafy salads with cottage cheese or salsa instead of dressing and broiled salmon. Mmm Mmm. 🙂


MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I agree, but if you were to serve that to a child they would turn up their nose and walk away. Working in an environment to where it is my job to serve nothing but healthy choices to children is tough. Parents need to start healthy choices when the child is young and carry out the same choices as they grow.


dhouse2 October 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm

thats true the younger you start with the kids its better i know my kids are now 7 almost 8 and on food we didn’t do so well but when it comes to drinks my kids will do tea, water or punch they hate sodas we just have to work on the food side of things now.

Stephanie Herndon January 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I meant eating at home. Sorry


Stephanie Herndon January 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I agree that eating at instead of out is much healthier, I try to do this every night if I can.


mjoyner February 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

I agree but it is just so much easier to eat out


heidi graves June 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

yes it is especially when you are in college and short on time 😀

sparks June 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

Yes, it is better to eat at home instead of eating out. I cook at home during the week, but usually on the weekends we eat out quite a bit. I really should start cooking at home more on the weekends instead of eating out alot.


msmith June 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

In today’s society, eating out has become too common. I am guilty. One change I have made is during my lunch break at work I either take a lunch made from home or actually go home, instead of going through a drive thru. It has not only made me feel better physically, but it was also good financially!


Ashleigh W June 15, 2016 at 6:45 pm

I understand what you mean! We spend 10 bucks on a burger and tots, and we could have went to the store and had a healthier choice! I use to be bad at work and eat out all the time, so bringing food made things much easier, and healthier!

dhouse2 October 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

for lunch you can also go to the store and get some fruit or veggies for lunch if you feel the need to get out of the work place for just a few this will also help you keep the healthy trend you are going for.

kathy johnson January 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

video 2
1. go out to eat occationally
2. Make healthy choices use portion control eat an appetiser for a meal
3.Have yoy waiter divide meal in half and take the other portion home.


Stephanie Herndon January 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

These are excellent suggestions i always bring at least half my meal home and when ordering i try to choose the vegetable medley rather than french fries or a loaded baked potato. But i love my veggies.


kneal September 11, 2016 at 8:41 pm

that is an excellent idea. To bring at least half of the meal home and trying to choose veggies over french fries.

aschaeffer January 31, 2014 at 5:04 pm

My wife and I sometimes split a meal with each other or one of the kids. The appetizer for a meal suggestion we use as well. Some seafood appetizers in restaurants are filling and far more healthy than many entrees.


kathy johnson January 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

video 1
1.cook own meals avoid fast food
2.Plan healthy meals and a shopping list
3.Read nutrition labels
4.Eat breakfast within one hour after waking
5. eat small meals every three to four hours
6. Drink plenty of water to help with digestion
7.ypu have more energy sharper thinking
8. More than 16% of all choldren are obese


Stephanie Herndon January 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

the shopping list is very important i find myself going completely out of control if i don’t have a list to stick too, and don’t go shopping for groceries if you are hungry. Big Big mistake trust me.


mdanner4505 June 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I agree a sopping list is important, been there, not good!

dhouse2 October 17, 2016 at 6:35 pm

other than having a list its good to go kid free and just after you ate. this helps sticking to the list and not stray from it.

ndalton February 6, 2017 at 11:27 pm

Yes having a shopping list is very important. And never go wen your hungry because you will over spend ever time. I’ve learned this from experience. Another good thing to do if your going to go on a eating healthy life change is to start looking in sells papers to see who have to the cheapest fruits and vegetables and whos meat on sell for that week.

KLaFlora June 23, 2017 at 12:01 am

I agree that sticking with a list is important. It helps keep you from buying junk foods and stick with a meal plan.

pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Water is the nectar of life and should probably be the only liquid that a person needs.


pbridges9020 June 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I agree that water is essential for life. I don’t drink plain water at all, just coffee or a coke. I am going to start drinking flavored water and try to cut down on my coffee and no cokes.

dmitchell6 August 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

I think it’s always a good idea to try to get the sodas out of your life as much as possible. They are strongly linked to our childhood obesity rate and are one of the really bad habits we have in the US. I know how good a soda is. There’s something about that sugar and carbonation that really hits the spot. I know I’m not a standard of health, but I have habituated myself in a good way as far as my relationship with sodas is concerned. I reward myself with them only after really long runs or hikes. Other than these times, I don’t allow myself them. I know not everyone is a distance runner, but that is the situation that has worked for me.

mboswell January 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

These were very informative. My plan for this year was to start eating better. I really haven’t done that so far(the eating right). I just dont eat as much. I have learned portion control, I just have to learn to eat more often. I usually only eat once a day right now. In the video it stated you have to eat breakfact to start metabolism. Im going to do better.


Reginia Jennings February 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I wish you the best of luck. i would also like to eat a little better this year.


MSmith March 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm

That was my plan too. My goal is to stop drinking sometimes 5-6 20 oz bottles cokes a day and go down to 2 and drink more water!

pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

try and get half your body weight in oz’s of water daily.


ksapp August 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm

That’s me exactly. Eat once a day. Not healthy but have done much better with my portions. One thing that helped was eating slower, and when i got done with my plate not hurry to get more. I now sit there for a minute and see if i really am still hungry. Usually after a minute, i actually feel full. Not miserable but satisfied. But the Dr. Peppers are killing me. It’s like the Heaven’s Nectar. And I’m addicted.


Cheyenne February 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

I have also found that if I wait a few minutes my hunger usually goes away.

ndalton February 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

The eating breakfast part was the first thing that got my attention as well. I never have time to eat breakfast. I work nights so its kind of hard because I’m trying to sleep in on most mornings. Then I don’t eat enough meals a day. I’m like you I probably eat once a day and that because I’m to busy and forget or I’m just not hungry.


khoward October 8, 2017 at 11:45 am

This was one of the first things to get my attention also. I went years without eating breakfast because I was always running late and too busy (or at least that was my excuse). I have recently started eating oatmeal every morning in an effort to try to eat better.

Patrick Harrell January 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

What if the person works out? How many meals should he/she eat then?


Stephanie Herndon January 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I have worked with several personal trainers and they have always told me to eat three meals and two snacks in between. If you do a workout it is best to do one of those snacks about 30 minutes after your workout and try to make the snack high in protein, like a protein shake. It’s great for the muscles and makes your appetite feel satisfied.


pharrell7786 May 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

that is very true but it also depends on what you are trying to do if you are trying to gain weight then 5 whole meals is necessary.

dahlke11 February 22, 2016 at 11:57 pm

I have developed of routine that is good for me! I am no trainer, but I usually workout about two hours a day and then eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It cures my hunger and it is high in protein!

bmatei October 6, 2016 at 8:52 pm

I have heard this too. Seems really helpful to those who don’t know much about eating healthy if they don’t want to eat small meals every 3 hours like the video suggested.

Sdecker May 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

that’s a very good question, I share the same curiosity.


dhouse2 October 17, 2016 at 6:39 pm

if you work out i was told eat 3 meals a day as the video says and do a snack every two hours that is no more than 100 calories.


Seth Escamilla January 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The second video is very helpful for those that do eat healthy or are trying to change their eating habits, or are trying to eat helthier.

scasteel February 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

I agree I try to indulge less on sweets and share a meal with my husband when we go out to eat.

tward3 March 13, 2017 at 12:42 am

I agree with the eating 3 meals a day. The hard part for me and keeping my snacks under 100 calories.

ndalton February 6, 2017 at 11:33 pm

I think if your working out you should still eat the 5 small meals and the 2 snacks that it says. I think your just going to make sure your drinking enough water since your going to be losing it from sweating. You don’t want to get dehydrated.


eramsey4317 March 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

There is honestly no way I can incorporate 5 small meals and 2 snacks into my daily schedule. Working two jobs and going to school along with being a mother to two small children, it is very impractical for my lifestyle.

bstill March 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

I agree. My issue is making sure I drink enough water throughout the day, but I have gotten better about keeping water with me.

tperkins October 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm

This was a great question I thought of too as the video was going along.


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