Whether you’re trying to lose weight, improve fitness or battle an illness, most people have a reason to fine-tune their diet. The problem is, it feels like we’re constantly being fed conflicting information.
What was once a recommendation to eat three portions of greens every day has grown to five, eight and is now even stated as a 10-a-day guideline by some health authorities? Good eating has become stuffed with buzzwords and well-meaning as the goalposts of a healthy diet have shifted before us. But while everybody agrees that a balanced diet is something we should all aim for, balanced against what? How is equilibrium gained?
Below we look at five simple steps that are universally agreed to improve your diet for the better.
Make Time For breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day so we’re told, yet many people choose to skip over it. There is much debate over what makes the ideal breakfast but what is not in doubt is that any breakfast is better than none.
A morning meal will kick-start your metabolism, provide you with a vital injection of energy and aid your concentration and endurance throughout the day.
Consume More Fluids
Another basic thing which the majority of the population under-consume is water. As something which accounts for 60% of our body weight, water is an essential part of our diet.
There are various recommendations regarding how much fluid we should take on every day but it’s agreed that between 50-75% of people in the Western world suffer from dehydration. By using a daily drinking bottle, you can ensure you always consume a measured amount as a minimum and increase the amount you currently drink.
Get Back Into The Kitchen
Life in the modern world has become easier in many different ways. There is a danger that this increased ease will lull us into a less healthy lifestyle. Convenience food and ready-meals have become a regular staple in many diets. But while they have improved in quality over recent years, they still contain high levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats.
Swapping processed food with home-cooked food is more involving, however, it provides a better source of nutrition and can save you money. Most importantly, it puts you back in control of what you’re eating.
Not all things designed for convenience are detrimental to healthy living. Juicing has become an increasingly modern trend which provides a great source of nutrition in a quick and easy form.
Because there’s a wide range of food types that can be juiced, there are recipes that cater to all dietary needs from allergies to illnesses such as diabetes. While juicing should not form a basis for a healthy diet, it can greatly embellish a healthy lifestyle in many different ways.
Don’t Fly Solo
The biggest problem with almost all dietary changes is that they are too extreme in their ambition. Minor tweaks and habit-forming additions to your routine offer more viable long-term results than attempting to overhaul your lifestyle.
What can be even more beneficial is having someone take the journey with you. Not only does this give you a support network, but it can also improve the lives of the people around you too.
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