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One of the biggest challenges to eating healthier is finding substitutions for existing foods in your diet. Here are some tips to make the transition easier:
Use mustard instead of mayo on your sandwiches. You’ll get lots of flavor with much fewer calories and fat.
Select whole-wheat bread instead of white bread. Be sure to read the label to ensure you’re getting whole grains, not just colored white bread.
Start using lean ground beef, pork tenderloin or fish instead of high-fat cuts of meat.
Drink more water. Slowly reduce the amount of soda you drink and replace it with herbal tea or water. Aim for eight cups of pure water each day.
Gradually switch to skim milk. Milk commonly comes in four varieties: whole (4 percent fat), 2 percent, 1 percent and skim (0 percent fat). Gradually wean yourself from the higher-fat varieties to the lower fat milk every two weeks.
For example, continue drinking your normal 2 percent milk for two weeks, then move to 1 percent for two weeks and then your palate will be ready for the consistency of skim milk.
Order vegetables on the side instead of fries. Flavor them with lemon juice or herbs instead of butter.