Easy ways to improve your diet
Effortless things like re-organising your kitchen, going vegetarian for a day and just drinking water can do wonders to your health
If you are finding it difficult to keep a check on your diet then it is time to improve it in a few easy ways. Experts have suggested a few tips that one can incorporate in their daily lives. Read on:
4Re-organise your kitchen: A simple hack to stop yourself from late night snacking is to move high-calorie foods to the back of the fridge, leaving the front free for healthier snacks like carrot sticks and hummus. Try storing any sweets, biscuits or chocolates in opaque containers. It's also a good idea to reorder your kitchen cupboards, moving smaller plates to the front, making them more accessible, as research has found that when you eat from a small plate, you tend to consume less food.
4Shake your sodium habit: The truth is we only need about 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. But many of us are eating far more. Reducing your sodium intake could not only lower your blood pressure, but it could also help curb your sugar cravings.
4Add peels to your meals: Don't toss your peels in the trash; the rinds boast an abundance of nutrients. In fact, in many cases, the skins are more nutritious than the insides. For example, citrus peels contain higher levels of fibre and vitamin C than the flesh.
4Go vegetarian for a day: 'Meatless Monday' is all the rage and has even the most die-hard meat and potatoes clan ditching their steaks for a plate of grilled vegetables. Try it on this week. The idea is that you give up meat for a day and immediately reap the nutritional benefits of including more veggies in your diet.
4Eat anti-inflammatory food: Eating more food that boast omega-3 fatty acids will help boost your immune system. Some of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, tuna, tofu, walnuts and flaxseeds.
4Ensure you have a balanced diet: When it comes to improving your diet, ensure you eat a balance of foods. You should make sure that you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, at least five times a day. Make sure that they are part of each meal, for example having a banana with breakfast, some green vegetables like spinach, or asparagus for lunch and ensure that half of your plate for dinner is also vegetables.
4Also include starchy foods in your diet - potatoes with the skin on are a great option. Also try and make sure that your starchy foods are wholegrain, as these contain more vitamins and nutrients than the alternatives.
4Drink plenty of water: There are many reasons why water is an essential component of our diet. Firstly, water assists the body in disposing off waste products, it also ensures a stable blood flow and provides your cells with the hydration they need in order to function properly.
4Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet: An easy way to improve your diet is to reduce the amount of sugar you eat. When we're feeling tired or sluggish, we quite often reach for sugary foods to give us that quick boost. However, the truth is that sugar isn't great for the body. To begin weaning your body off processed sugar, it's a good idea to start with a complete sugar detox for the first couple of days, as a way to reset your body, before slowly introducing natural sugars and unrefined carbohydrates for the remainder of the month. If you are suffering from cravings, then try snacking on nuts and seeds as they are high in healthy fats and proteins that will keep you full for longer. Try also using alternative flavours, for example; a sprinkle of cinnamon on your porridge instead of the usual dollop of honey.