We are rapidly approaching the end of the year, and with that comes an inevitable season of reflecting on what we accomplished in the last few months. You start to consider all those diet resolutions you set for yourself at the stroke of midnight and wonder whether or not you have made any positive changes in your life.
After all, resolutions are a source of this innate desire for self-improvement and the pursuit of happiness. One of the most common ways people try to improve their lifestyle is by embarking on a fitness journey, one where they exercise regularly and change their diet.
When you finally decide to make the first move (and it doesn’t have to be limited to starting in January), it may seem like a daunting task, especially when it comes to your diet.
With the wide variety of foods and restaurants readily available to us, you can quickly become overwhelmed as you are unsure how to change your diet to a more healthy one.
And contrary to popular belief, your diet should not take over your life.
Here are some easy-to-follow tips that can help you change your diet at home to a healthier one without anyone noticing it.
Eat More Protein
Most of the time, we eat foods that are not nutrient-dense.
A consequence of this is that we do not remain satiated for longer periods of time. Protein has been found to help you feel full with less food.
So by shifting your diet to incorporate more protein, you are essentially reducing your appetite and not dealing with cravings (since you will be too full to consider eating anything else).
Think peanut butter, chicken breast, greek yogurt, and eggs.
Look, we get it. Life can be hectic and stressful, leaving you exhausted by the time you get home from work. Who wants to come home to cook when all you want to do is take a shower and watch your favorite novela?
While we totally agree that we all deserve some free time to rest after a long day, unfortunately, this may lead you to pick up some fast food on your way home or order something to be delivered to you. And let’s be honest. Most of the time, these foods are not healthy.
You can prevent putting a damper on your diet by meal prepping. Allocate 1 or 2 hours from your day off to cut up fruits and vegetables and store them in containers. Make a large pot of rice that you can use for a few days, and prepare a whole pack of chicken breasts. This way, you will always have a delicious, home-cooked meal waiting for you. Not only will you be saving time (and money), but you will also begin to notice how your diet starts to become healthier.
The Magic of Fruits
For those with a sweet tooth, fruits are your best friend. Fruits are nature’s gift for those who must have something juicy and sweet.
Don’t give in to the misinformation on the internet that says fruits are bad for everyone because they contain sugar. For your next treat, try chopping up some of your favorite fruit and adding it to a plain, low-fat greek yogurt for a treat. Add a little bit of honey and some granola (the higher the amount of protein, the better), and you will have created a snack that’s so delicious and sweet that you won’t even notice it’s a healthy one.
Moderation is vital. In order to make a positive change in your life, you shouldn’t completely cut off the foods you enjoy. If you love pizza, don’t just quit eating it cold turkey. Instead, ask yourself what to add to make it a more balanced, nutrient-dense meal. Add vegetables such as onions, green peppers, and cherry tomatoes as toppings. Swatch out the crust for a thin crust or a cauliflower crust.