Something we hear pretty frequently from people who are working on improving their health is that it’s a lot easier to workout than it is to eat right. For some reason, it’s a lot easier to commit to getting on the treadmill or starting a new workout routine, but when it comes to changing your diet and eating habits, it’s like pulling teeth. It doesn’t have to be so miserable, and nutrition and diet is such an important part of your fitness and wellness! Here are a few easy ways to improve your diet.
Keep track of nutrients, not calories
Calories consumed doesn’t equal health. Unless you’re deficient and needing to make sure you are eating enough calories, you should avoid counting calories. Instead, keep track of things like proteins, fats(healthy fats are good for you! And necessary for body function), and various vitamins and minerals. There are plenty of apps that you can use to keep track of what you eat, but you can also just open a note in your phone to keep track.
Add one extra fruit/vegetable per meal
Often one of the areas that we are most deficient is, is when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Consciously plan to add an additional fruit or vegetable to every single meal. If you usually eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast, throw a sliced banana into it. If you are a toast and eggs kind of person, add an orange to your meal. It doesn’t have to be difficult or extravagant to add a little more fiber to your diet.
Plan healthy snacks between meals
Often, the reason that we overeat at meals, or eat food that isn’t good for us instead of the healthy food that we had planned, is because we aren’t eating between meals. Bring a healthy snack with you to work to eat before lunch, and another one for after lunch to hold you over until dinner. You’ll be surprised at how much healthier you’ll eat when you’re not hungrily waiting for your next meal. Even though you’ll feel like you’re eating “more”, you’re really not eating more, you’re just spacing it out and making healthier dietary choices!