Are you looking for simple steps you can do to make your life better, healthier and more productive?
So are we.
We are on a mission to improve our health by improving our diet. It is hard to make sweeping changes. Slowly the deprivation eats away at our willpower and before we know it, old habits have taken over.
The answer is to use simple, straightforward action items that can be implemented easily. Below are five suggestions you can do today:
1. Read food labels.
This will help you understand what you are putting into your system. Really give yourself a minute to think about the building blocks your body needs. Your body is a machine. Water, protein, minerals, and trace elements will help it run most efficiently; not long chemical sounding ingredients.
2. Cook at home.
The best way to take control of your diet is to cook at home. You will know every ingredient included. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper to make your favorite foods at home.
3. Eat an apple every day.
Remember the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Did you ever wonder about the meaning behind it? Apples and other fruits have a lot of natural nutrients, fiber and vitamins. Mix it up with pears, bananas, oranges, grapes, berries; pick your favorite, there are plenty of options to keep you from getting bored. Just serving of fruit a day will build a habit of including natural whole foods in your diet.
4. Eliminate sweet drinks.
This may be difficult at first, especially if you have a hardcore habit. It also includes no artificial sweeteners. If you make a conscious effort, you will find over the period of a week or so it gets easier. Sweet drinks add empty calories to your diet with no nutrients in return.
5. Limit meat.
Start with one or two meals a week without meat. Beans, eggs and nuts are good sources of protein. Meats are harder to digest and can leave you sluggish without realizing why. To compensate for less meat, add more complex carbohydrates and vegetables to your meal.
We have been implementing these steps. Some times life happens and we miss the mark, but each day is an opportunity to choose wisely.
Challenge yourself and your family to implement one of these steps each week over the next five weeks. At the end of the challenge, check in with yourself about how you feel. Do you feel better physically and mentally?
What other action items will you implement? Let us know your plans in the comments.
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