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7 Easy Ways to Eat Better Today

Here are seven tips you can incorporate today without ever setting foot in the supermarket or cracking open a cookbook. Eating better is something EVERYONE can do to improve their health. And it doesn’t have to be time consuming, difficult, or stressful.

Does the idea of eating healthier make you panic?

Is your first thought that you need to buy special food and completely change your lifestyle?

Does the idea of “eating better” make you angry, even a smidge?

Well, here are seven tips you can incorporate today without ever setting foot in the supermarket or cracking open a cookbook.

Eating better is something EVERYONE can do to improve their health. And it doesn’t have to be time consuming, difficult, or stressful.

Try these seven easy steps to improving your diet, right now:

1. Don’t skip meals!

I don’t care if you are in a hurry, EAT BREAKFAST. Skipping meals is one of those dietary pitfalls most people indulge in. We don’t have time. We’re saving calories for dinner. We have a meeting. Stop making excuses for not taking care of yourself.

Spreading your food intake out over the course of the day will keep you properly fuelled, prevent you from overindulging, and keep your metabolism working at peak form. Don’t make your body guess when you will feed it again. Regulate your energy by eating at regular intervals

2. Eat your fruit; don't drink it

Healthy fruit juice is a myth. Fruit is delicious but it’s high in natural sugar. It’s also high in vitamins and fiber when you eat it and don’t drink it! A serving of fruit can satisfy your craving for sweets and fill you up but a serving of juice will spike your glucose level and make you hungrier so put down your glass and grab a nice piece of fruit!

3. Plan ahead

Grab and go eating is the norm for most of us. And unless you plan ahead, you’ll end up grabbing processed snacks and prepared foods that are filling your body with unwanted sodium, chemicals, and rubbish. So instead of reaching for what’s convenient, take ten minutes to scribble out a game plan for the rest of your day.  A banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter will fuel you so much better than a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar. All you have to do is think ahead.

4. Use your hands

I admit that measuring is a hassle but portion size is everything. Regardless of WHAT everything in moderation. Those are just the facts.

The easiest way to mind your portions is to serve your portions based on the size of your hands:

Protein = one palm

Fat = one thumb

Veggies = one fist

Carbs = one cupped hand

For now, this easy guesstimate method can save you from overeating and help you reign in your portion size without carrying any special tools or making a fuss. Easy is good.

5. Eat dessert once

This sounds ridiculous but most of us have a sugar habit that makes dessert a day-long investment in eating rubbish. We eat sugary cereal, fruity yogurt, pancakes, and pastries in the morning and call it breakfast. We sweeten our coffee. We reach for sweets at our desks. We have cookies after lunch and “treat ourselves” to ice cream after dinner.

All those things really add up. Choose ONE time of day to indulge in something sweet and call it done. You will be amazed at how much better you feel when you limit your sugar without denying yourself.

6. Swap water for high calorie beverages

Walk straight past the fizzy drinks machine, skip the double mocha latte frappuccino macchiato, and head right to the water fountain. Water is your best friend. Drinking water is like showering your body from the inside out, rinsing away toxins, filling you up, hydrating your hair and skin, and yes, decreasing your appetite. DRINK UP.

7. Slow it down

Life is crazy. I get that. But eating is one of life’s essential pleasures. Don’t waste it by rushing through meals and snacks so quickly you can’t remember what you ate. Slow down. Savor every bite. Let your tastebuds celebrate what you are offering them. When you take the time to enjoy your meals you’ll make every mouthful count. Adjusting your pace and making mealtimes a “time out” will help you focus on quality over quantity.

Now, was that so hard? Every one of these seven tips is something you can try today without any extra preparation. Eating better doesn’t have to be hard, my whole wellness journey has been an accumulation of small changes. 

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