Different people follow different diets and have different needs. You might be vegan, Paleo or keto, or maybe you prefer not to label yourself. But no matter what diet you follow, there are simple ways to make your diet healthier. Here are five of my favourite tweaks for a healthier diet.
5 Ways To Make Your Diet Healthier
Add in some vegetables
Veggies are pretty much magic. They’re full of antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are bursting with different vitamins and minerals. They provide the fibre your body needs to have a happy, healthy gut. And there is a veggie to suit every diet. If you’re keto, stock up on leafy greens and cruciferous veg. If you’re Paleo, use sweet potato as a healthy carbohydrate option. There are even low fibre options if you’re on a fibre-restricted diet. And if you’re vego or vegan, eat them all!
If you can, add in a variety of colours when it comes to vegetables – more on that here.
Prepare your food well
Preparing food properly can make your diet healthier by ensuring that you actually get the nutrients out of your food. Simple things like marinating meats before cooking, soaking and sprouting legumes and activating nuts ala Pete Evans can do this. You want to make it as easy as possible for your digestive tract to soak up the goodness!
Find out more about preparing your food correctly here.
Drink your water (at the right time!)
No matter what type of body you have, it’s gonna need to be hydrated. Water is incredibly nourishing for your body, and the right amount can make a huge difference to how you feel.
But that being said, it’s important to drink water throughout the day, and not just chugging it at dinnertime. In fact, drinking too much water with meals can dilute your stomach acid, and stop you from breaking down your proteins. So stick to a glass with meals, and sip the rest throughout your day.
If water isn’t your fave, switch it for some herbal teas – yum!
Focus on wholefoods
No one ever got healthier and happier in the long-term by eating junk food. Every single body can benefit from focusing the diet on a wholefood approach, no matter which dietary principles you follow. Eat plenty of the following foods that fit in with your approach:
- Grass-fed meat
- Pasture-raised poultry and eggs
- Sustainably sourced fish and shellfish
- Herbs and spices
Enjoy the foods you eat
If you hate the food you’re eating, you’re going about it the wrong way. In fact, we absorb less nutrition from foods we dislike. So eating food that you can’t stand can actually lead to nutrient deficiencies over the long term!
Make sure that while you make your diet healthier, the food choices you make are still actually enjoyable. And when you do enjoy a sneaky treat, sit down, focus on it and enjoy that sucker! By eating your treat mindfully, you will experience more pleasure AND reduce the risk of further cravings or emotional eating.
I’m here to help. Learn more about my nutrition approach here.