It’s all we’re being told to do nowadays – watch what you eat for you are what you eat. So if you eat junk food, your body becomes nothing less than a junkyard that is subject to disease and illness; if you eat fatty food, you become overweight and even obese; and if you eat healthy food, you’re blessed with a healthy body and mind. The problem however is not that we don’t know what to do; it’s that we don’t know how to do it because we think it’s hard to eat healthy. I’ll let you in on a secret folks – it’s easy to eat healthy if you go about it the right way. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Never skip breakfast – it’s as simple as that. If you like a cooked breakfast, go ahead and eat up, just limit your portions and the fat content. Cooked or uncooked, breakfast is a must. It is the most important meal of the day because it boosts your metabolism and helps you lose weight faster. Also, it provides you with enough energy to last through the day and prevents you from gorging on snacks as you get hungry sometime before lunch. If your mornings are rushed and you’re in the habit of skipping breakfast, change your routine by waking up 10 minutes earlier and eating a bowl of cereal and some fruit before you leave home.

2. Don’t allow temptation to get the better of you – I love snacking on chips and every other salty and sugary snack that was invented. Every time I read or watch TV, I automatically head for the kitchen and come back with a bag of goodies that don’t turn out to be so good for my health and weight. When my weight started ballooning up in spite of all the exercising I was doing, I decided to remove temptation from the way. So the next time I shopped, I did not buy a single snack. The craving did call when I took out my book, but because there was no snack at hand, I had to go without. It was difficult at first, but in a matter of days, abstinence became a habit that replaced unhealthy snacking.

3. Allow yourself the occasional treat – The reason it’s easy for me to stick to my diet is that I’m always looking forward to the one day I allow myself to eat anything I like. And even though this day comes once a fortnight, I still manage to stay true to my healthy eating habits because I know I can have that ice cream I desire and the cake I crave two Sundays from now. If you think this is a bad idea because you’re going to eat up all the calories you’ve lost in the past two weeks in one day, don’t worry – your instincts automatically prevent you from pigging out and you limit yourself to small portions of your favorite food. And even if you do binge once, the following weeks become easier to control.

So there you have it, a few easy ways to eat healthy and become a healthier and fitter person.

This guest post is contributed by Shannon Wills, she writes on the topic of physical therapy assistant . She welcomes your comments at her email id: