Are you on a mission to improve your unhealthy eating patterns? It can seem like a long uphill battle, but with these easy tips you can get started on your dietary quest.
1. Drink water instead of soda.
If you’re getting ready to grab a bottle or can of sugary soda, just walk away and go pour yourself a glass of water. You’ll instantly save calories by eschewing the sugar. Drinking water is a good habit to form. If you’re not a fan of plain water, you can dress it up with sliced fruits.
2. Hide the treats and bring forth the fruit.
If you have bags of cookies, candy or other treats in plain sight — by all means go hide them. Out of sight, out of mind. That doesn’t mean you can’t have the occasional treat, but if they’re not sitting out, you’re less likely to be tempted to grab one whenever you walk by.
With the same idea in mind, if you have fresh fruit like apples, bananas, oranges and pears lurking in your cabinets or refrigerator, bring them out.
Put them in a big attractive bowl on your counter or table. If you don’t have any fresh fruit — add some to your grocery shopping list.
3. Add a colorful vegetable or fruit to your next meal.
Really, I think the best way to improve any diet instantly is to start eating vegetables (but French fries don’t count).
he beautiful thing about most vegetables and fruit is they’re nutrient-dense and usually lower in calories compared to other foods. Green beans or broccoli are delicious when served as side dishes, or add some spinach leaves to a sandwich. Or eat a salad or vegetable stew.
4. Drink herbal tea instead of your usual nightcap.
If your usual habit is to imbibe in an alcoholic beverage or two before bedtime, try a nice soothing herbal tea, such as chamomile or a bedtime blend. Or try a decaf green tea that contains polyphenols that work as antioxidants and may have added health benefits. De-alcoholized wine is another option.