Making sure you have a healthy diet can always be hard. Making the changes is the hardest part because you aren’t used to it! Here are some tips on what you should be doing to help your body get into a new routine.
This is the hardest one out of all these, but it has the biggest advantage. If you have healthy snacks in the house you’ll eat healthily. That’s just how it works! Slowly clear out your fridge of unhealthy foods and stock with healthy ones!
Visually, smaller plates make the plate look more full, even though the plate has the same amount as the larger plate. It tricks the brain into thinking there is more, which will make you feel fuller quickly.
These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals which help the body function!
These foods are full of fiber which regulate the bowels and give minerals to the body.
Soda has a lot of empty calories and high sugar counts. By switching to seltzer you still get the bubbly satisfaction without the calories and sugar.
The slower you eat, the more your are aware of how full you’re getting. You become less likely to over eat.
Always pack a snack for work or for when you are on the go! An apple with peanut butter, grapes, string cheese, almonds, are all examples of healthy snacks! That keeps you eating healthy no matter where you are going!
Nutrition labels are very important. They tell you everything from sugar to salt. Always pay attention to the labels. Make sure you don’t grab something with too much salt for your dietary intake!
Slow cookers are a whole ‘nother level of healthy. You can make heathy meals over night that can feed you for weeks! You can always find good recipes on Pinterest or the internet in general!
If you’re like me, you have a very active sweet tooth. Used to, you’d have to swap with fruit like things to get that healthy goodness, but now…we have companies like Halo Top and Skinny Cow to help you curb the cravings with healthy sweets!
If you’re on the go and have to buy food, get a kids menu or get a few things off the dollar menu. They typically have less calories and can hold you over until you can have real food, sometimes they even fill you up!
Another way to stop from over eating is to track your meals. I don’t typically recommend this for people who are struggling with an eating disorder. I failed tracking, but my mom does great with it!
High caffeine consumption can cause headaches, dehydration, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, etc. If you do need caffeine, drink black coffee!
Drinking water before drinking coffee can minimize the acidity in the stomach lining, lowers the staining on teeth, and hydrate you before coffee dehydrates it!
The typical person should be drinking 1-2 gallons of water a day, depending on how active you are. The average person only drinks about 8 glasses or less a day. You will hydrate your body and help it function better. Some people even lose weight!
Alcohol dehydrates you and can cause you to bloat, which we call beer gut.
I know, I know I just said to cut back on alcohol, BUT wine has shone that people who drinks a glass a day had lower body mass than those who didn’t. It also causes women to have higher bone mass, prevent blood-sugar trouble, and can even boost your body’s defenses.
Depending on which tea you decide to drink, it can help boost your metabolism, help lose weight and even help stop cravings.
Most doctors recommend taking a multivitamin, but now they are starting to tell people to also take fish oil and fiber supplements as well!
No one knows your body better than you do. You should pay attention to how your body reacts to certain foods. Some people go their whole lives without knowing they are lactose-intolerant, which causes them to bloat and gain weight! If your body doesn’t like a food, try and find an alternative.