8 Ways to Eat Healthier
Nov. 23, 2019Leave a comment
I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier. I’ve been doing alright. There are times where I’ve been tempted and caved in. I’m human afterall. After shifting from a vegan to a vegetarian diet, I’ve noticed that I have way more options now than before. So…yeah. I decided to come up with 8 ways to eat healthier to motivate myself and others to get on the right path. I hope this helps anyone that’s going through this struggle too. ♥
1. Add fruit to your diet
Don’t be afraid of sugar. Adding 1-2 servings of fruit into your diet helps to stave off the sugar cravings. Fruit is better and healthier for you. Fruit contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber, while processed sugary junk foods are nutritionless. Fruit is low in fat, low in sodium, and contains no cholesterol. Most fruits are low in calories. Fruits like bananas and apples are portable. You can easily stash them in your bag when you’re in a hurry. They make great healthy snacks when you’re on-the-go!
2. Choose healthier snacks
If you’re having trouble giving up junk food, what you can do is find healthier alternatives. For example, chips. You can make better choices by replacing chips with popcorn. Choose whole grain popcorn that’s less processed. Not the ones that are drenched in lots of oil and loaded with salt. Popcorn makes a healthy, whole-grain low calorie snack. Another good example is ice cream. Choose yogurt over ice cream. The texture may not be the same, but you get the idea. Yogurt contains calcium, protein, and probiotics that are good for digestion. Ice cream, on the other hand, isn’t nutritionally dense.
3. Eat more protein
Increase your protein intake to stay fuller longer. Protein consists of essential amino acids to maintain, repair, and promote muscle growth (with strength training). Good sources of plant-based proteins are beans, legumes, lentils, peas, tofu, soy milk, whole grains, nut butters, seeds like chia and hemp.
4. Eat healthy fats
Healthy fats from almonds, peanut butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and avocados are good for your health. Healthy fats are good for the heart. It may help lower the risk of heart disease. So it lowers bad cholesterol levels, while increasing good cholesterol levels. Healthy fats fights inflammation in the body, and it may reduce the risk of cancer.
5. Replace soda with water
Choose water over any other beverage when you’re dining out or at home. Water is good for the body and skin. It keeps the skin hydrated from the inside out. Water not only cleanses the body from toxins, but it also keeps fluids in your body balanced. Water helps to lubricate your joints and muscles too. So drink up!
6. Eat your vegetables
Vegetables can be difficult for a lot of people to incorporate into their diet. I’ve heard people say YUCK to vegetables. Well, try your best to add more vegetables into your diet because it’s VERY good for you. It’s good for your body and your skin! What you can do is try to incorporate vegetables into every meal. Boil, sauté, bake your vegetables. Anything you want to do to increase your vegetable intake. Doing this every day will get you into the habit of eating your vegetables. You’ll feel like you’re missing something with your meal when you don’t have your serving of vegetables for the day. Another good way to add vegetables into your diet is making green smoothies. Add spinach, kale, arugula, spring mix into a blender and chug it down! Simple as that! Vegetables are low in calories, rich in antioxidants, with lots of fiber. Vegetables help to maintain healthy blood pressure, reduces the risk of cancer, and are rich sources of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
7. Choose whole grains
Choose whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, couscous, bulgar over processed grains. Whole grains are packed with nutrition including vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. It may help lower the risk of heart disease and reduce cholesterol levels.
8. Don’t skip breakfast
Eat your breakfast! It’s called ‘breakfast’ for a good reason. You are breaking the fast. Eating breakfast provides nutrition to your mind and body. It helps you to focus and concentrate better. A good healthy breakfast provides you energy to get you through the day! So don’t skip breakfast. If you do, you’ll be ravenous later on in the day.
Good luck! 🙂🙂🙂