Since many people share the common goal of wanting to eat healthier, let’s take a close look at five changes you can make to your diet to help you feel more energetic and less bloated and to support your immune system and weight goals. While you don’t have to make every one of these changes all at once, choose one or two that seem the most doable and stick with those for a week or two. You’ll know when you’re ready to take on other dietary modifications.
Meal Plan Consistently
Take time one day a week during which you can devote a few hours to plan, shop, and meal prep for the week. This will not only save you time and money, but you’re also more likely to stay on the healthy path once you have that intention set for the week.
Too much sodium not only impacts your blood pressure, but it can also damage your organs and tissues and cause that bloated feeling that leaves you feeling sluggish and uncomfortable. You should shoot for less than 2,400 mg a day (under 1,500 mg is even better) by avoiding processed foods that are high in sodium. You should also get in the habit of seasoning your food with fresh herbs or garlic instead of salt.
You really shouldn’t give any foods up entirely. Just ask Ryan Hibbert, CEO of Riot Hospitality Group and owner of El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Scottsdale, AZ. Denying yourself your cravings can backfire, causing you to feel deprived, resulting in bingeing and feeling depressed. So make a point to keep yourself happy and your cravings satisfied by allowing a small treat every day, such as a square of dark chocolate or a small glass of wine.
Take it Slow and Steady
Remember the saying, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” That’s certainly true for starting a new approach to eating, nutrition experts say.
Try to think of the undertaking as a gradual lifestyle change rather than a crash course. You should set realistic goals toward achieving heart health and other long-term positive results
Enjoy Home Cooking
Preparing meals at home is generally much more nutritious than eating out, not to mention less expensive as well.
You should look for fresh produce at neighborhood grocery stores or local farmer’s markets. Some large discount stores offer produce at even lower prices. Just try to be selective in choosing the best quality available.