The New Year is here and with it the desire to start it off with a new and improved you. While only 30% of Canadians make New Year’s resolutions, by far the most popular resolution is be/eat/live healthier, or something related to it, like losing weight.
Improving your health through your eating is an admirable pursuit, but it’s not as easy as it might seem. First, if you don’t eat at least a significant number of healthy foods already, you’ll need to break some powerful habits.
Second, many foods in the grocery stores look and sound healthy, and come in green packaging, which means they must be healthy (right?), but they are little or no different from the regular processed foods in the store.
If you’re looking for fast, sure-fire and relatively easy ways to eat a healthier diet, try some of the following tips:
1. Cut Out the Sugar
Sugar is so pervasive in the foods we eat that you could easily think that you’ve cut it out of your diet and still be eating more than the recommended daily amount. Sugar in your diet can cause diabetes, fatty liver disease, cancer, high cholesterol and heart disease. Oh, and rotten teeth and obesity.
2. Eat More Raw Vegetables
Unless you’re overloading already, you will benefit from eating more vegetables, raw or cooked, even if they are part of your diet now. But raw vegetables retain some heat-sensitive and water-soluble nutrients that are lost through cooking, so they deliver more of the nutrition, anti-oxidants and vitamins vegetables are famous for.
3. Stash the Salt
If you sprinkle salt on your food, stop right now. Even more than sugar, salt shows up in relatively large quantities in the most unexpected places in your diet, including things like breakfast cereals and ice cream. You need salt to live, but no more than about a teaspoon a day, so it’s very easy to get more than you need without adding it to your dinner. Excessive salt consumption is linked to stroke, heart failure, stomach cancer, kidney disease, osteoporosis and weight gain, among other conditions.
As easy as the three changes above may seem, any change to your diet is tough. Unless you get someone to make the change for you. Like your Fit Food Nutrition Concierge, who will develop a meal plan just for you, prepare each meal by hand from the freshest, healthiest and tastiest ingredients and deliver them all to your front door.