Getting Healthy? Low-Maintenance Ways To Improve Your Diet
January is the month of trying to better ourselves. We make different New Year’s resolutions, sign up for the gym, start drastic diets, and pick up new hobbies. However, all of these changes can easily become a bit overwhelming. That’s why we have to be realistic when planning any lifestyle changes.
No matter how motivated you feel at this moment, you will also come across some harder times. In those moments, most of us tend to fall back into our bad habits, and indulge in things we know aren’t good for us. The harder you are on yourself, the more likely it is that you experienced these moments occasionally.
No human is perfect, and true health is only found in balance. Eating only salads, and working out 15 times a week isn’t finding balance. Keeping up with this lifestyle is unrealistic for most people, and having such high expectations for yourself can only be a recipe for disaster.
So instead of drastic measures and big changes in our diets and lifestyles, start making smaller changes every week. These small changes will eventually lead you to your health goals, and it will be much easier to stick to them. If you need some inspiration, here is a list of small but impactful changes that you can make in your own life.
1. Don’t grocery shop when you’re hungry
You’ve probably heard this before. However, there is a reason why so many nutritionists warn against buying food when we are hungry. You are much more likely to buy junk food and eat it once you arrive home. Instead, make sure you are entering the grocery store full and with a grocery list.
2. Pack your lunch
I know that packing your lunch and planning meals isn’t a fun thing to do. However, this won’t only save you a lot of money in the long run, but it will also ensure that you eat healthier. Don’t under-pack your lunch either. You don’t want to feel hungry after your meal and feel tempted to order something else.
3. Slow down
Meals should be enjoyed. Try to focus on your food whenever you are eating. Instead of mindlessly eating it, make sure you are chewing and enjoying every bite. Enjoy the taste, smell, and texture of your food. That will give your stomach and brain enough time to realize that you are full, and you will be less likely to overeat.
4. Drink sparkling water instead of soda
Most of us don’t even count the calories that we drink instead of eating. All of the sodas add up. And even if you prefer diet sodas, and calories aren’t something you worry about you should still be aware of the fact of how unhealthy these beverages are. Replace your sodas with sparkling water. If you want to add some taste to it, you can infuse it with fruits like strawberries, lemons, or oranges.
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