Are you one of those people who makes new year resolutions? Was one of your resolutions this year to improve your diet? Well, we’re almost halfway through the year now and you have done nothing about your diet. Or maybe you tried but gave up barely a week into it. Worry not; all is not lost. The mistake that most people make is thinking that they can make drastic changes to their diets overnight. This is what makes many people give up and go back to their unhealthy eating habits. The changes you make should be small and gradual so that your body adjusts as you go along. This article explains a few simple things you can do to improve your diet.
- Come up with a meal plan
This is the most effective way to ensure that you stick to your new diet and do not end up eating unhealthy foods because you did not plan in advance. You will also be able to avoid takeout which is almost always unhealthy. Make a meal plan at the beginning of every week. This should include all meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as any snacks you plan on having between meals. However, the snacks should be healthy. For instance, you can be sure to get healthier with a green drink in place of a soda or processed juice. Note that skipping meals is not a good weight loss strategy.
- Try and make your meals as colorful as possible
The more colorful your food is, the more nutrients it contains and therefore the healthier it is. Include different fruits and vegetables in order to get those vitamins that you need. Colorful food is also more appetizing and tastier, and you will be looking forward to it and not dreading it.
- Reduce your sodium intake
Too much salt is not good for your health. Try your best to reduce the amount of sodium you take in a day. You can start by avoiding adding raw salt to food. This will help to regulate your blood pressure and also reduce your cravings for sweet things which are not good for your health.
- Have dates instead of sugar
Sugar is packed with calories that will counter your weight loss efforts. Have dates instead of sugar. They will satisfy your sweet tooth without affecting your blood sugar levels. Dates are also rich in potassium which helps in cell metabolism.
- Plan your cheat days
There are days when no matter how hard you try, you cannot resist that pizza or ice cream. Plan for your cheat meals so as to keep track of your calories and keep the cravings under control.
- Make your meals tasty
If your meals are boring and tasteless, you can easily give up on your diet. To avoid this, make your meals tasty so that you look forward to them and not dread them. Look for fun recipes you can try online in order to make your meals more exciting.