Are you confused and overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition advice? It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you; you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. You are not alone in your frustration!
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated! A healthy diet is not about depriving yourself of food you love or about fad diets. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood. A healthy diet can be achieved by establishing small and consistent changes that add up to real change and healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Here are five healthy habits that you can begin to slowly incorporate into your everyday life. These changes will make a huge difference in your overall health and wellbeing.
Eat as many wholes and real foods as possible. This means food that is as close to its natural and original state, without any alteration of any kind. Try to avoid convenience and processed foods that come in a box, can, bottle, or bag. Strive to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
Focus on fat, fiber and protein at every meal. This will keep your blood sugar balanced with slower digesting foods. It will lead to a feeling of fullness after your meal that will last for a couple of hours, and it will eliminate your energy highs and lows that make you crave more sugar.
Drink plenty of water. Drinking enough water is so important for your overall health. You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop from getting dehydrated. Studies also show that drinking water can increase weight loss, reduce your appetite, and reduce your intake of sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices.
Cook at home more often. Try to make a habit of cooking at home as many meals as possible. It will of course help you save money, but it will also improve the foods you eat since you can control the ingredients that goes into your foods. Most importantly, cooking can be fun, rewarding, and very satisfying.
Get a good night’s sleep. Studies have consistently proven the importance of sleep to overall health and to weight loss. Sleep deprivation disrupts appetite regulation, often leading to an increased appetite. It affects concentration, productivity, immune function, and increases your risk of several diseases.
Laura Yazdian is the founder of Healthy Paths, a Health Coaching Company based in Nashville, TN. She is the author of a four-volume cookbook called Formula Cooking: A Simple Guide to Healthy Cooking and was the founder of Sunflower Café, a Vegetarian Restaurant in Nashville. Laura’s mission with Healthy Paths is to help teach people to live a healthier lifestyle. Healthy Paths offers programs tailored to clients’ specific health and lifestyle goals and offers them encouragement, support, and accountability to make changes that produce real and lasting results. Laura provides clients the tools, teaches them the skills, and walks them through the steps needed to live a healthy life. Upon completion of the program, her clients walk away empowered to overcome obstacles they never thought possible and are armed with the health and nutrition information and tools that work best for their individual lifestyles.