Simple diet changes to make today
by Shelley Langenhorst
Getting healthy can be very overwhelming. With the plethora of often conflicting information available to us, it’s hard to know what changes to make to our diet. Instead of embarking on a completely new path, consider these simple tips and changes that you can start now. Create or change one habit every week and you will be feeling better – and possibly losing weight – before you know it.
Drink more water
Water is a life force. Staying hydrated will help you feel more alert and more focused. It can even help keep up your metabolism. Try to drink half your body weight in ounces daily.
Eat a balanced breakfast
A bowl of sugary cereal or a frozen waffle drenched in syrup will not make you ready to conquer the day. Instead, try a breakfast that contains complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats like a veggie and fruit smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal with berries and walnuts.
Get your full 5
Most Americans don’t get their daily recommended amount of vegetables. But how can you get five servings a day?
Drink a fruit smoothie with breakfast, eat a veggie-packed salad for lunch, and snack on veggies with hummus for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Look for a variety of fruits and vegetables. The more color you can get into your day, the better.
Avoid the box & bag
Eat the least amount of processed food possible. The best foods for you are not going to come from a box with a million different ingredients. They’re going to come straight from nature. Look for foods that are the ingredient!
Instead of a boxed dinner with a dozen plus ingredients, preservatives, or fillers, make a dinner with pasta and chicken and veggies. This may not always be possible considering how hectic our lives are these days. But the more you can avoid processed foods, the better. The same goes from fast food in a bag. Just don’t do it.
Swap these foods for healthier alternatives:
- Consider swapping mayonnaise for avocado on your next sandwich.
- Instead of a French fries with dinner, make baked sweet potato wedges.
- Swap out white bread for whole wheat or whole grain bread.
- Instead of white rice, go for brown rice.
- Nix the after-dinner ice cream in favor of a bowl of fresh fruit.
Remember: simple swaps can lead to big-time weight loss!
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