4 Incredibly Simple Ways to Start Eating Healthier

To some, eating healthy can seem daunting. It’s a task we don’t like to do or know how to do. When we want food, we want it quick and easy so we turn to premade meals and processed food. Trust me, I can relate. But remember this, you can’t outwork a bad diet. Check out these 4 incredibly easy ways to begin eating healthy.

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This article was written by Amy Arno, a certified holistic nutritionist and owner of the blog ‘A Dog And A Life’ read more about her at the bottom of this post!

To some, eating healthy can seem daunting. It’s a task we don’t like to do or know how to do. When we want food, we want it quick and easy so we turn to premade meals and processed food. Trust me, I can relate. But remember this, you can’t outwork a bad diet. It would be nice if we could, but we can’t.

Why you should start eating a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet has incredible benefits, from losing weight to preventing cancer, a healthy diet could solve your health problems.

A well balanced, whole foods diet will decrease your chances of developing cancer, it will improve brain health and function, decrease your chances of developing diabetes and obesity, and will also prevent heart disease.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not!

Follow these simple steps to eating a healthier diet so you can be on track to living your best life.

Drink more water

Drinking more water should always be the first step to getting your diet on track. Water isn’t just amazing for your body, skin, and organs though. Studies show that if you drink a glass of water before each meal, it helps fill you up so you won’t be eating as much. If water isn’t your kind of thing, try soda water or sparling water and add your own fruit to it to start getting adapted to it. The best way to remind yourself to drink more water throughout the day is to keep a bottle of water in front of you. Depending on your physical activity level and temperature outside, you should be consuming one ounce of water per one pound of bodyweight.

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Incorporate more vegetables

Starting a healthy diet should not consist of you throwing out every unhealthy food item in your house. You can still enjoy foods that you love and make them healthier. How do you do that? By adding more vegetables to your plate! If you enjoy eating a slice of pizza, add on some peppers, mushrooms, onions, or arugula and tomatoes. The week after, try doing a cauliflower crust or whole wheat crust. It’s always fun to experiment with new foods (if you have the time), but I would suggest sticking to foods you know and slowly incorporating new foods. Eating healthy won’t be enjoyable if you don’t like what you eat. So when you’re enjoying foods you love, make sure half of your plate is filled with vegetables and less of the other food.

Eat your carbs!

Carbohydrates are key to filling you up and staying energized, especially when you’re working out! But don’t get confused about the carbohydrates, there are good ones and bad ones

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The good:

  • Sweet potatoes, squash, high fiber beans and legumes

  • Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, barley)

  • Fruits (apples with skin, mango, strawberries)

The bad:

  • White flour (breads, pastas)

  • White sugar

  • Processed foods

Incorporating GOOD carbs into your diet will keep you feeling fuller for longer so you don’t have to worry about those late-night binges after dinner.

Cut back on sugar

It would be nice to cut sugar out altogether since it is the leading cause of diabetes, but it’s hard to do when learning how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. In order to cut back on sugar think about what you eat and what it can be swapped out with. Always look at the nutrition label when buying food, just because the front says something about no sugar, it’s best to look at the nutrition label at the added sugar amount. If there is added sugar, put it back on the shelf. We don’t need any added sugar in our diets!

  • Swap out soda for unsweetened tea

  • Swap out the candy bar for fruit or fruit covered in dark chocolate

  • Sweetened yogurt can be swapped for plain Greek yogurt and you can add your own fruit or honey

  • Instead of buying fruit juices, make your own! It’s super simple to squeeze a fresh orange into a glass for fresh orange juice.

Take Away:

By now, we’re aware that eating a healthy diet is great for us, but it’s always so hard to start and stay motivated. Small simple changes to your daily life will get you on track to living the healthier life you want. In order to do that you need to:

  • Drink more water

  • Incorporate more vegetables

  • Eat good carbohydrates

  • Cut back on sugar

This article was written by Amy Arno, a certified holistic nutritionist and owner of the blog A Dog and a Life. She is specialized in helping men and women get on a path to eating healthy, losing weight, and living a life they love. Check out her website for more tips on how to start living a healthier life at adogandalife.com or on Instagram @adogandalife 

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