Let’s try to start making healthier food choices this year because making the right food choices is just as important as giving someone a new life. Every choice you make about what you eat and drink matters. Based on age, sex, activity level, and health conditions, we all have different calorie needs. A healthy diet plays a vital role in our overall functioning of the body. It has a lot of benefits. It helps prevent heart diseases and cancer, lower cholesterol, help you lose weight while giving you more energy, improving mood, and making life healthy.
There is a famous saying which elaborates that man can easily change religion than to change his diet. So, for adopting a healthy lifestyle and losing weight, it is necessary to gradually change unhealthy eating habits and step by step, which is, of course, a difficult task. Instead, commit to small, attainable goals that fit your lifestyle because it is all about a long-term healthy lifestyle.
Below you’ll find easy tips on how to start making healthier food choices this year:
- Consume Whole Foods Instead of Processed
Switch your food choices from processed food like frozen pizza, ready-to-eat food, etc., to whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. We all know the benefits of whole foods. In contrast to processed foods, which contain empty calories, whole foods are packed with essential nutrients like protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
- Say No to Sugary Drinks
According to the studies, the average people drink around 45 gallons of soda each year. Apart from the apparent risk of obesity and diabetes, consuming sugary beverages can also cause premature aging, liver damage, and anxiety. So, go for infused water or unsweetened beverages instead of sipping packaged juice or soda.
- Keep Healthy Food Readily Accessible
If you feel hungry or want to eat something, you’re more likely to eat the first thing you see on the kitchen counter. Keep healthy food in readily accessible and visible places in your home and workplace. Store healthy snacks in your pantry, put some fresh fruits in a basket, place it on the kitchen counter, and stock up your fridge with cooked whole grains, vegetables, and fresh fruits. While at work, place a jar filled with quick bites like almonds, pistachios, and dried berries on your desk or in its top drawer.
- Try to Buy Only Healthy Food
While grocery shopping, try to buy only healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs, lean meats, and nuts. Avoid purchase snack items, frozen or ready-to-eat food.
- Go Nuts for Nuts (and Seeds)
Give your health a nutritious punch of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Similarly, seeds like chia, flaxseed, and pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals like calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Munch it when you are reading books or doing office work.
- Eat More Fish
Adding fish into your eating habits at least twice a week can make your life super healthy as well as improve brain and heart health. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, eating fish can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and diabetes.
- Count Nutrients, Not Calories
You can improve your diet’s quality when your focus is more on the nutrients in your food instead of calories. According to a famous nutritionist and blogger, “Our energy intake can only depend on our ability to extract that energy from food.”
- Add More Probiotic Foods to Your Diet
Consume more probiotic foods in your diet like yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and soft cheeses. Regular intake of probiotic foods not only builds the immune system but also help indigestion.
Apart from all the other above tips, an increase in the regular intake of plenty of water, “at least two liters a day,” not only increases the quality of your life but also make your health good and full of nutrition.
Start making these healthier food choices today and make your life more healthy than ever!