Eating a Healthier Diet Requires Change
Eating a healthier diet requires change, but it isn’t actually very hard. In fact, once you get used to avoiding processed food, excess processed sugars and the like, within 30 days you will feel so good that it won’t be hard at all.
However, getting through the first 30 days can be challenging. Some research suggests that many processed foods are addictive due to the additional flavonoids and killer combination of fat, sugar and salt. Due to that addiction, you might feel slightly worse before you get better, but not for long.
A properly balanced diet will improve digestion, energy, and weight will become normal. Due to the fact that eating a diet full of nutrition that is as close to nature as possible and tastes good too, it will soon become second nature. Here are some tips to help you get a handle on your nutritional needs and stick to it.
Keep It Simple — Don’t over complicate anything to do with food. You don’t have to be a trained chef to prepare delicious meals for yourself or your family. Remember that most people typically rotate 12 to 14 meals all year long. If you discover nutritious meals that you and your family enjoy, there is no reason not to eat them every week.
Start Slow — Don’t try to change overnight. Take it slow and change one bad habit a week. This article reviews five unhealthy eating habits to avoid which can help you recognize which habits you lean toward and tackle one at a time. As you progress with making healthier choices, your taste buds change and you start craving healthy food.
Remember The 80/20 Rule — You’ve likely heard of the Pareto Principle. This started as an economic principle, but it can be used in every aspect of life. It says that 80 percent of your outcomes can account for 20 percent of your efforts. With food, we’ll flip that a bit and say that if you’re 80 percent “perfect” with your nutritional choices you’ll see good results.
Keep A Food Journal – When I was seeing clients, I often recommended they start keeping a food journal. By doing this, they could learn to connect the dots to how they were feeling and with what they had consumed. It’s amazing what this can reveal, and it also helps you to get in touch with your body. Over the years, I learned that many people are very disconnected with their body (I was too years ago), and the food journal can be helpful with bridging the gap.
Eat The Rainbow — No, this isn’t about eating skittles, in fact, you should never eat these. Instead, eat nature’s skittles… sweet veggies, fruit and greens in all the colors of the rainbow! When consumed in abundance natures rainbow will give you more energy, give you more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than any other food group. What’s more, when you eat them raw or cooked without additives, you can pretty much eat until you’re content.
Healthy Carbs & Whole Grains — Incorporate healthy carbs and whole grains into your diet every single day. Starting your day with a big bowl of steal cut oats with fruit and some almond milk is super nutritious and healthy. You’ll feel better all day long. Your digestion will be improved you’ll get your metabolism hopping, and you won’t crave junk.
Eat When Hungry — One of the biggest problems with “diets” is that when people get hungry their natural instincts take over. They start craving the highest calorie items they can find. That usually means some form of fat, sugar and salt. Like donuts, cookies, chips, and processed cereals. Remember, it’s just nature. Anytime you get hungry, eat. Naturally, the healthier choices you make the better… such as nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies. I’m munching on some roasted pumpkin seeds as I’m writing this post!
Plan Ahead — Taking the time to plan your meals and snacks for the coming week is an essential part of ensuring that you get enough nutrients in your diet to help get healthier and retain health. Lack of planning will have you in the drive-thru in no time. You’ll be tired, hungry and that natural instinct we talked about before will kick in. After all, you must eat, and the human body is designed to ensure that you eat the calories it needs.
There are even some studies that suggest calories are only half the problem. Someone can eat a 2000 calorie fast-food “dinner” and then be hungry an hour or two later. Why? Lack of nutrients. The body seeks more food to get the nutrients by signaling hunger. Eating enough nutrients is important to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Drink Fresh Filtered Tap Water — So many people go for the bottled water, which may or may not be cleaner or healthier than your tap water. In some cases, tap water tests better than bottled water. It would be wise to invest in a charcoal filter or water purifier for your tap to ensure that contaminants are removed.
Get Moving — While nothing to do with nutrition, it has everything to do with how your body feels. As you eat better, you’ll find that you have more energy. You’ll need to find a way to burn that energy. Find a way to burn off some energy each day through moving your body. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 30 minute walk, or three 10 minute walks, try to move for at the minimum of 30 minutes a day.
Getting started on a new lifestyle can be challenging but using these tips can help you. The biggest takeaway is to build new habits. Instead of having a habit of getting up, pouring out a bowl of sugary cereal or skipping breakfast and going for the coffee, start new habits that will lead to better health. Success isn’t outside of your grasp if you just take it one day at a time.