Every new year, we commit to eating healthier. It’s easy to make that promise in theory, but just as easy to fall off the wagon and give in to fast food and takeout. Healthy eating plans are admirable but not so easy to execute. The important thing is that you make an effort. We’re here to offer some tips that support overall health and change bad behavior patterns.
1. Add, don’t restrict
Instead of making a list of foods you can’t eat, make a list of healthy, vibrant foods that support a healthy diet. Mentally, it will be easier to make the jump to healthy eating. You may need more leafy greens. Perhaps one goal is to simply add more color to your meals, as doing so increases your daily phytonutrient intake.
2. Not all fats are bad
We have been brainwashed to the point that we think fat is bad for us, but there are many fatty products that are very satisfying to eat, but do not count as indulgences. For example: nuts, avocados and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) are fantastic for health and help balance women’s hormones. The key is knowing the difference between these healthy fats and inflammatory fats, like margarine, fried treats, or canola oil.
3. Swap soda for herbal tea
Drinking soda is a bad habit that many find difficult to kick. Worse yet, many of us drink it instead of properly enjoying it. Basically, by doing that, we are pouring a bag of sugar down our throats. See if you can swap soda for herbal tea, which you’ll be forced to sip instead of swallow.
4. Stop skipping meals
We are very used to skipping meals and depriving ourselves of them, but this only causes our blood sugar level to drop while cortisol levels increase. Both things cause weight gain. To avoid them, eat several small meals throughout the day or three balanced meals. You do not have time? Make sure you always carry healthy snacks, such as fruits or almonds, with you.
5. Meal prep all the way
Giving in to cravings or not having anything to eat after a long day at work can cause us to make poor and impulsive food decisions. Instead of ordering pizza or a burger, plan your meals. Take the stress out of washing and chopping vegetables. You can freeze or refrigerate fully prepared meals, or keep pre-cut or pre-cooked vegetables on hand to make cooking a breeze.