Achieving a health or body goal can be extremely rewarding. Whether you want an energy boost or simply a leaner body, the benefits of a healthy diet are endless. A balanced diet can lead to an improved mood, according to the Mayo Clinic. They also reported that eating well can prevent health problems such as depression, diabetes, arthritis and certain types of cancer. And above all, eating well can help you maintain and control a healthy weight.
What most people don’t realize is how easy it is to make a healthy change in their lifestyle. The following tips will get you on the right track.
Although it’s hard to avoid fast food when you’re constantly on the go. Opt for simple, healthy recipes to start that require only a few fresh ingredients. While eating three balanced meals a day is important, keep your portions small and don’t eat in abundance. Eating too frequently is one of the quickest ways to gain weight.
Healthy eating isn’t about starving yourself and completely ridding yourself of the foods you love. Nutritionist Miranda Malisani of the Marilyn show advocates food combining—an easy trick that allows you to indulge in starches like pasta while still keeping you on top of a healthy diet. When preparing a meal for yourself, consider how difficult it is for your body to process both a starch and a protein—a combination that should be avoided. Go for a starch and a vegetable based meal, or a starch and protein.
Top off your healthy eating plan with a quick workout routine. Exercise works hand in hand with healthy eating and will help you obtain results faster, as well as improving your mood, says the Mayo Clinic.
Contrary to popular belief, healthy snacks can be tasty too! Instead of opting for a bag of potato chips and sour cream dip, snack on baby carrots and hummus.
Avoid pop! According to Business Insider, soda does more than rot your teeth. Besides increasing your risk of a heart attack, it builds fat deposits all over your body and is linked to obesity. If you find plain water bland, try adding a wedge of lemon into your glass. Not only delicious, lemon water can pump up your immune system, says the Huffington Post. It can also lead to weight loss as it contains fewer calories than any other drink besides water, said Fox News.
Smoothies are another great drink substitute with endless benefits. Fitness Magazine loves a Strawberry, Banana and Flax Smoothie, a drink just as delicious as the original with the addition of omega-3-loaded flax seeds. These fatty acids are known to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and depression.
½ medium banana
½ cup of frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 ½ cups of skim milk or light soy milk
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
1. Blend all until smooth