Healthy Eating For Dummies!

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I’m happy to bring you another guest post from Clay Manley of  In this article Clay outlines the key tips to leading a healthy lifestyle and eating better.  Be sure to head over to for more great tips on fitness, nutrition and health.  I only plug sites that I trust and believe in and is one of them!  Thanks, Clay!

Healthy Eating for Dummies!

Weight loss, muscle gain, and weight maintenance are  goals all associated with healthy eating. Clearly, nutrition is a major player in your overall health and extremely valuable regardless of goal. Proven nutrition principles have stood the test of time, despite fads and trends coming and going. Proper nutrition is simple; so simple, we have broken down the basics in under 300 words. Follow these steps to improve your life:

Drink Water

Sodas, Diet Beverages, Juices, and Alcohol all have empty calories and sugars that negatively affect your body. Without water, we can’t survive. That’s reason to enough to drink water! . . . A lot of water!

Focus On Fruits & Veggies

There’s a reason fruits and veggies make up the majority of the USDA’s “MyPlate” symbol. Start improving your nutrition by adding fruits and vegetables to each and every meal. As you progress, replace snacks such as potato chips and crackers with vegetables.

Grilled Asparagus

Ditch White Bread

Replace white breads and refined grains with whole-grain options. If you can’t find whole grain alternatives, cut the bread entirely. Spend time at the local store investigating whole grain replacements to your favorite meals and sides.


Protein is a must in your diet regardless of goal. Enjoy lean sources of protein such as chicken and fish. Simply put, focus on choosing light meats over dark meats. As you continue to progress, be sure to seek out protein through additional food sources.

Grilled BBQ chicken - recipe here:

Grilled BBQ chicken – recipe here:

Learn To Cook

We’re not talking frozen pizzas and wings. Fresh foods are more nutrient dense than fast foods. Cooking at home will save you calories and money. It will also save your health. Fit Chef Chicago has great recipes and tips to help you create delicious meals from scratch.


There you have it – all you need to know about nutrition in under 300 words!

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