Every year, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to eat better, start exercising, and switch to a healthier lifestyle overall. To help you start 2020 on the right foot, here are 10 easy changes to transition into a cleaner diet.
1. Shop in the “Outer Ring” of the grocery store.
A smart strategy is to shop in the outer perimeter of the store as the healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, etc.) are located there.
2. Cut out sugary drinks as much as possible.
Sugary drinks are some of the unhealthiest things you can drink. Try replacing sugary drinks with infused water or low-sugar beverages to reduce excess sugars in your diet.
3. Choose healthy oils.
Seed and vegetable oils, such as sunflower and canola oils, are a staple in many households. However, they are highly processed and are deficient in omega-3. Switch out these oils for avocado, coconut or extra virgin olive oil for a healthier alternative.
4. Don’t shop without a list.
Take a few minutes to jot down only what you need before heading to the grocery store. This avoids impulse buying, which reduces the chances of you wandering down the snack aisle.
5. Pack a lunch.
Try packing a lunch more often as you can control what goes into the meal and the portion sizes. It also saves money!
6. Taste food before salting it.
Don’t automatically reach for the salt shaker before tasting your food! To help with this, don’t salt your food for two days to reset your tastebuds. Also, make a habit of leaving the salt shaker in the cabinet.
7. Go nuts for nuts (and seeds).
Nuts and seeds have many beneficial nutrients, including vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Since they are high in calories, it is best to snack on them in smaller portions and in the replacement of other snacks.
8. Replace chips with air-popped popcorn.
Surprisingly, popcorn is a whole grain that contains nutrients and fiber. Instead of snacking on chips, try substituting it with homemade popcorn (it’s easier than you think!) or purchasing air-popped popcorn. Be wary as many commercial popcorn brands prepare their products with excess sugar, butter, and salt.
9. Choose whole foods instead of processed.
Try to choose whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. instead of a frozen pizza or instant ramen.
10. Keep healthy options readily available.
When you are hungry, you are most likely to grab the first thing in your cupboard or pantry. By keeping healthy options easily accessible and available, such as carrots and hummus, it makes eating healthier easier and more convenient.
Hopefully, these tips will help you start the new year with a new perspective on ways to incorporate healthier alternatives into your diet! Western Foodies wishes you a great 2020!