Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of foods you love. It’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
By using these simple tips, you will learn how to create tasty diets that combines good nutrition and with physical activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
First things first. Make the switch.
Switching to a healthy diet doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition. You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy, and you don’t have to change everything all at once, which usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan.
A better approach is to make a few small changes at a time. Think of planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps—like adding a salad to your diet once a day. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices.
Should we have 3 meals a day?
The number of meals you eat may not be so important. How you eat those meals is what matters most when it comes to decreasing the risk of heart disease and other health problems that come along with being overweight.
Energize with grains
The quickest energy source comes from foods such as bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereals, and tortillas. Be sure to make at least half of your grain food choices whole-grain foods like whole-wheat bread or pasta and brown rice.
Say no to sugar drinks
An average person drinks around 10 liters of soda each year, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. Other than the obvious risk of Type 2 diabetes and obesity, consuming sugary beverages can also cause, liver damage, premature aging and anxiety. So, instead of sipping packaged juice or soda, go for unsweetened beverages or infused water.
Keep healthy foods at hand
When you get hungry, you’re likely to grab the first thing you see on the counter or in the cupboard. Keep healthy food in easily accessible and visible places in your home or workplace.
Put some fruits in a basket and place it on the kitchen counter, store healthy snacks at eye level in your pantry and stock up your fridge with small batches of cooked whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.
At work, store quick bites like almonds, pistachios and dried berries in a jar and place it on your desk or in its top drawer.
No legged meat are better
The Heart Association recommends eating fish as salmon and Tuna at least twice a week. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this superfood improves brain and heart health and may reduce the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Whole foods vs Processed
Swap your frozen pizza and instant ramen with whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They are packed with essential nutrients like protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals as opposed to processed foods which contain empty calories.
Try adding veggies to your lunch and dinner and fruit to your snack.
Lastly stay hydrated by drinking water instead of sugary drinks. Keep a reusable water bottle with you to always have water on hand.
Other than that, as we all should know, increase your water intake to at least two liters a day.
Start making these simple dietary changes today and make the last of 2019 your healthiest year yet!