You don’t have to go to the extreme to make a healthy impact on your diet. Instead, small changes are more likely to become good permanent habits. Think of eating more nutrient-rich foods, decreasing your intake of sugar, cutting down on dessert portions and other little tweaks. Here are some suggestions to make your diet, healthier:
Soda may seem so satisfying at the moment but think of all that sugar and needless calories you will be taking in. Instead, a nice tall glass of water on the rocks is a great alternative to quench that thirst. No sugar and definitely zilch calories. In fact, water really slakes thirst for quite some time as this is what the body actually needs. Sodas are diuretics which cause you to be thirsty within a short period. Furthermore, sodas, even its diet or zero calorie versions, have been linked to thickening waistlines which creep up over the years of soft drink indulgence.
Ditch the pastries, sorbets, and canned yummies. Fresh fruit give you additional fiber and nutrients for fewer calories than these sugary staples. Of course, adding syrups, cream and other toppings to fruit bring up its calorie count considerably; but then, you now know enough to use these toppings sparingly.
Hold the salt. Take your food flavor up a notch by relying on spices instead. Spices give a new twist to everyday food.
Excessive sodium is a cardiovascular enemy. Besides, it promotes bloating from water retention. Make sure to read mixed spice labels well. There may be some form of salt hiding in the ingredients like garlic salt.
If you’ve recently incorporated vegetables in your diet, you’ve done exceedingly well. You can improve this acquired taste by opting for fresh or frozen veggies instead of the canned variety. Canned vegetables contain sodium which acts as a necessary preservative; so, whenever possible, get your roughage, fresh.
Don’t think for a moment that unsalted butter has fewer calories or fat content than its salted counterpart. Butter is solidified fat so whether salted or not, it has more or less the same calories; so, easy on the intake. The only bonus unsalted butter has to offer is the significant lack of sodium. It’s still a better upgrade if you’re simply putting in some healthier tweaks into what you eat.
There are many more things you can do to improve diets for yourself and your family. These may seem like small changes but their effects will surely prove worth the effort in the years to come.