Are your worried about getting sufficient nutrition from your diet?
Although I try to watch what I eat and plan nutritious meals, I am often concerned–and for good reasons.
A properly balanced diet will significantly improve our digestion, energy and weight.
One problem is that many of us are addicted to the killer combination of fat, sugar and salt.
I have been guilty of that myself at one time or another.
But eating a more nutritious diet isn’t actually very hard.
In fact, once you get used to avoiding processed food, excess processed sugars and the like, within 30 days
you will feel so good that it won’t be hard at all.
However, getting through the first 30 days can be challenging.
Getting a handle on your nutritional needs doesn’t have to be a chore. Try these simple tips to add more nutrition to your diet.
Some research suggests that many processed foods are addictive due to the additional flavonoids and lethal
combination of fat, sugar and salt.
Due to that addiction, you might feel slightly worse before you get better, but not for long.
Been there, felt like that!
Due to the fact that eating a diet full of nutrition that is as close to nature as possible, tastes good too,
it will soon become second nature.
Here are 10 tips to help you get a handle on your nutritional needs and stick to it.
#1. Start Slow
Don’t try to change overnight. There is one caveat to this idea. If you are truly ill right now, if you have heart disease, or diabetes or other major illnesses, you might want to consider “going cold turkey” but if you are currently not in danger of imminent death, you can take it slow. Change one bad habit a week, and by the end of the year you’ll be a lot better off.
#2. Keep It Simple
Don’t overcomplicate anything to do with food. You don’t have to be a trained chef to prepare delicious meals for yourself or your family. Remember that most people typically rotate 12 to 14 meals all year long. If you discover nutritious meals that you and your family enjoy, there is no reason not to eat them every week.
#3. Plan Ahead
This tip is key! Taking the time to plan your meals and snacks for the coming week is an essential part of ensuring that you get enough nutrients in your diet to help get healthier and retain health. Lack of planning will have you in the drive-thru in no time. You’ll be tired, hungry and that natural instinct we talked about before will kick in. After all, you must eat, and the human body is designed to ensure that you eat the calories it needs.
#4. Eat The Rainbow
No, this isn’t about eating Skittles, in fact, you should never eat Skittles. Instead, eat nature’s skittles, sweet veggies, fruit and greens in all the colors of the rainbow when consumed in abundance will give you more energy, give you more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than any other food group. What’s more, when you eat them raw or cooked without additives, you can pretty much eat all you care to.
#5. Remember The 80/20 Rule
You’ve likely heard of the Pareto Principle. This started as an economic principle but it can be used in every aspect of life. It says that 80 percent of your outcomes can account for 20 percent of your efforts. With food, we’ll flip that a bit and say that if you’re 80 percent “perfect” with your nutritional choices you’ll see the most results. The other 20 percent doesn’t really matter as much as you might think.
#6. Eat When Hungry
One of the biggest problems with “diets” is that when people get hungry their natural instincts take over. They start craving the highest calorie items they can find. That usually means some form of fat, sugar and salt. Like donuts, cookies, chips, and processed cereals. Remember, it’s just nature. Anytime you get hungry, eat.
There are even some studies that suggest calories are only half the problem. Someone can eat a 2000 calorie fast-food “dinner” and then be hungry an hour or two later. Why? Lack of nutrients. The body seeks more food to get the nutrients by signaling hunger. Eat enough nutrients some say, and you’ll be less hungry.
#7. Healthy Carbs & Whole Grains
Incorporate healthy carbs and whole grains into your diet every single day. For example, starting your day with a big bowl of steal cut oats with fruit and some almond milk is super nutritious and healthy. You’ll feel better all day long. Your digestion will be improved you’ll get your metabolism hopping, and you won’t crave junk.
#8. Drink Fresh Filtered Tap Water
This is very important! So many people go for the bottled water, but the truth is, unless there is something wrong with your water supply, bottled water is not cleaner or healthier than tap water. In some cases tap water tests better than bottled water. I use a Berkey Water Filter, however there are many options available. Do your homework to find the right filter for your location and water quality to ensure that harmful contaminants are removed and so that your water tastes better as well.
#9. Get Moving
While nothing to do with nutrition, it has everything to do with how your body feels. As you eat better you’ll find that you have more energy. You’ll need to find a way to burn that energy. Find a way to burn off some energy each day through moving your body. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 30 minute walk, or three 10 minute walks, try to move for at the minimum of 30 minutes a day.
#10. Build New Habits
Getting started on a new lifestyle can be intimidating, but using these tips to help you get started will work. The biggest trick or tip is to build new habits. Instead of having a habit of getting up, pouring out a bowl of sugary cereal or skipping breakfast and going for the coffee, start new habits that will lead to better health.
Getting a handle on your nutritional needs doesn’t have to be a chore.
Try these tips and see how they work for you.
Success isn’t outside of your grasp if you just take it one day at a time.
How do you make sure that you getting enough nutrients in your diet?
Share your suggestions, thoughts and comments with us.
“Shared at Real Food Fridays”