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29 Small Ways To Change Your Eating Habits Big Time

Enough with the crash diets and cleanses already. These ridiculously easy lifestyle changes will help you feel much healthier and happier for the long haul.

With all the contradicting information out there, creating and sticking to healthy eating habits can be extremely hard.

To make it easier, BuzzFeed Life spoke with Jessica Jones, M.S., R.D., co-host of Food Heaven Made Easy, and Danielle Omar, M.S., R.D., creator of Food Confidence, and came up with 29 simple ways you can improve your eating habits and be healthier in your everyday life.

1. Add frozen veggies to everything!

2. Order first when eating out with friends and family.

3. Go grocery shopping on Friday afternoons.

4. Try to make your plate one-quarter complex carbs, one-quarter protein, and one-half veggies, if you can.

5. And eat the vegetables on your plate first.

6. Make smart food swaps to cut calories without even noticing.

7. Eat snacks like chips and popcorn from a plate or bowl.

8. Grill or bake one extra serving of protein at dinner to throw on a salad for lunch the next day.

9. Use a mister for your olive oil.

10. Sweeten your coffee with unsweetened almond milk and stevia.

11. Avoid getting distracted while you're eating.

12. Eat breakfasts high in protein, fat, and veggies, and low in carbs.

13. Choose club soda as your base when making mixed (alcoholic) drinks.

14. Steam instead of fry.

15. When you have a choice, choose whole foods over processed every time.

Try to stick with eating whole foods (grains, beans, fruits) or foods you've made yourself. Though sometimes they may have more calories, you will definitely be getting more nutritional value than what you'd be getting from processed alternatives, such as loads of extra salt and preservatives.

Here are 14 other things you should really know about processed foods.

16. Invest in good Tupperware.

17. Flavor your food with spices such as garlic and onion powder instead of just relying on salt.

18. When ordering a salad, always ask for the dressing on the side.

19. Switch out one soda, coffee, or juice per day with green tea.

20. Make sure the smoothies you're blending are balanced.

21. Try swapping out ingredients for healthier options when you can.

22. Let yourself enjoy your favorite treats.

23. Or find healthier alternatives for them.

24. Always take a water bottle with you.

25. Take some time to make your own salad dressings.

26. Meal prep for 15 minutes on nights before work.

27. Write down everything you eat to give yourself a better sense of your habits and how much you're taking in.

28. Wait 20 minutes before deciding to get seconds.

29. Use whole grain flour when baking.

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