The New Year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what needs to be changed in your life so you can be a healthier, happier, more fulfilled person. Instead of going on a drastic diet—one you’ll probably give up after a few weeks—why not try making a few small changes to your eating habits? Healthier eating is actually a lot easier than you’d expect:
Focus on What Matters
Calories are important, but you need to focus on the three things that REALLY matter: color, fiber content, and freshness. Eat only colorful foods, especially those with a high fiber content. Stick with only foods that you buy 100% raw and fresh, everything from meat to grains to veggies to fruit. This change in mindset can go a long way toward improving the way you eat.
Cooking can be a joy once you find the fun of preparing your own beautiful creations. Take pride in cooking food that isn’t just delicious, but healthy too. Make sure your food includes a wide variety of veggies and whole grains, along with protein and healthy fat. Eat out less, and enjoy working with your hands at home.
It can be annoying to spend a lot of time poring over product labels, but it’s worth it once you see what some of your foods contain. The more processed the food, the more you should try to avoid it. You should try to buy primarily foods that DON’T contain food labels: fresh fruits, whole grains, veggies, and raw meats. The fewer the ingredients in the food you buy, the less likely that it will be highly processed and artificial.
Go for Quality
Yes, the taste of your food is absolutely important, but it’s not the only thing to take into account. You also have to think about what you’re putting into your body. Your primary goal should be to eat high quality foods, foods that contain all the nutrition your body needs. Try to make those foods into something you will enjoy eating, but don’t put taste as your foremost factor when eating. You should think about nutrition first, flavor second.
Water is one of the best additions to your healthier eating diet. Water helps to flush toxins from your body, encourages healthy waste elimination, promotes fat burning, and stops you from feeling hungry. Make it a point to drink at least 3-4 liters of water in the day. It can be a challenge at first, but it’s definitely one worth taking on. When you get accustomed to it, it will do your body a lot of good.
Cut Back on Carbs
Carbs can be your worst enemy! Not only are they more likely to be turned into fat, but they’re also the least healthy nutrient for you. Your goal should be to stock up on primarily proteins and fats, with only a few small portions of carbs throughout your day—mostly in the form of raw fruit and whole grains. Eliminate any form of carbs that doesn’t contain a lot of fiber, and definitely skip anything that’s highly processed.
Think About How You Feel
How do you feel after eating a veggie-heavy, well-balanced meal? How about after eating a meal that’s entirely made up of junk food? Your body always feels better after a healthy meal, so focus on that feeling when thinking about your healthier eating habits. Put the good stuff in your body, and you’ll feel the healthier after every meal!