12 Tips To Clean Up Your Diet In A Hurry
HOW TO BEGIN EATING WELL
THE EASIEST WAY POSSIBLE
If you want to start looking and feeling your best, you’re going to need to start eating better.
In order to feel good from the inside out it all begins with what you’re putting into your body. Simple changes go a long way! Eating healthier will help control weight, improve your mood, reduce the risk of disease, boost energy, reduce stress, and help you have fewer cravings!
Below are my top 12 pantry makeover health tips to help you clean up your plate!
1. Cut Out Processed Foods As Much As Possible.
Processed foods are often full of harmful chemicals, sodium, sugar, and fat. If you find it hard to eliminate processed foods altogether, be sure to read the ingredients and choose products that have the healthiest ones listed first. For example, choose spaghetti noodles that have whole wheat listed as the first ingredient over white flour. Avoid processed foods that include ingredients that you cannot pronounce.
2. Limit Alcohol Intake.
Alcoholic beverages are often full of sugar and empty calories. When choosing a drink, keep it simple. The fewer ingredients that go into your drink the better.
3. Reduce Sugar Consumption Or Nix It Altogether.
Refined sugars and fake sugars can be found in most desserts, breads, pastries, and pasta dishes have been linked to diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. If you cannot omit sugar completely from your diet, opt for healthier, natural sugars found in fruits, honey, stevia, and maple syrup.
4. Limit Saturated Fats.
Saturated fats found in dairy and animal products when eaten in large quantities can raise cholesterol levels increasing your risk for heart disease. When possible, choose fish or lean proteins such as chicken over red meat. Also try incorporating more beans, quinoa, nuts, or tempeh into your diet. Lastly, choose healthy oils such as olive oil over butter.
5. Reduce Salt Intake.
Too much salt in your diet can raise your blood pressure and cause your body to hold onto excess water, placing a strain on your heart. Limit your salt intake to 1 tsp./day or 2300 mg. whenever possible.
6. Increase Your Intake of Fruits and Vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables contain several vitamins and minerals that are good for your overall health. Aim to eat 1.5-2 cups of each per day.
7. Shop the Perimeter of the Store.
The perimeter of the store offers the healthiest, most natural foods there. Try to do most of your shopping in these areas and limit the aisles that are often full of highly processed foods. And buy organic whenever possible.
8. Make Simple Adjustments to Your Meals.
Take baby steps at first by incorporating more healthy ingredients into your meals. For instance, if you like making smoothies for breakfast, sneak in some chia seeds or flax seed. Or if you’re used to making stir-fry’s with white rice next time try making it with ½ white and ½ brown. Finally, choose plain Greek yogurt over sour cream to top your tacos or baked potato. Eventually your body will become adjusted to these changes and you will start craving the healthier alternatives!
9. Drink More Water!
Water is important to every cell, organ, and bodily function. Replace sugary drinks such soda and juice with water. Aim to drink ½ your body weight in oz. Overtime YOU will notice healthier looking skin, better digestion, weight loss, and fewer headaches!
10. Cook At Home.
Restaurants tend to use highly processed foods in their dishes. Cooking at home allows you to control each ingredient that goes into each meal.
11. Get Your Probiotics.
Probiotics encourage healthy digestion. In addition, the more good bacteria you have in your gut, the stronger your immune system will be. Good bacteria helps your body better absorb vital vitamins in nutrients that are important to your health. Try incorporating more kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt or kefir into your diet.
12. Take Your Vitamins and Drink Your Superfood Green Drinks!
I know there is a lot of controversy out there over the effectiveness of taking vitamins. But in my opinion, our food supply has been so stripped of its nutritional content over years that an apple today just isn’t the same as what an apple was in the 1950’s. Therefore, I do believe that taking a multivitamin each day can help supplement some of the nutritional deficiencies that are found in our food supply. In addition, I must confess that I don’t always get my recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables and find that superfood green drinks are an easy and effective way to make sure my body is getting the healthy nutrition that it needs.
Now go out and have lots of fun!!!
Hope this Helps…
Yours for More Confidence, More Often,
About the Author
Kristyn Haster is a Lifestyle Blogger, Weight Loss Trainer and Self-Confidence Coach living in Boulder, Colorado. As Editor of LiveLethal.com (Crazy Confident You) Blog, she helps woman break out of their shells, gain total confidence and fall in love with life again.