Easy Tips To Make Changes To Your Diet in 2017
New Year’s resolutions often seem like a good idea but how often do we keep to them? This year, instead of setting yourself the task of achieving an impossible goal by making resolutions you cannot keep, why not tackle the changes by making small baby steps to your diet instead? This way you are far more likely to get to where you want to be and won’t end up feeling disillusioned and disappointed.
Here are a few dietary tips for the New Year which will get you on the road to a fantastic new version of you:
Make gradual changes to your diet
Whatever you aim to do – cut out sweets and cakes, reduce your fizzy drink intake, drink more water, eat more fruit and vegetables – do it slowly. By making small and gradual changes, the amendments to your diet will not be so obvious and you are far less likely to get cravings. Do things like eat a piece of fruit a day, eat more fish or have a little salad or one extra vegetable with every meal. Don’t try and just get rid of puddings and treats if you have a sweet tooth, as this will never work. Simply reduce the amount you normally consume and add in more healthy items.
Give your body what it needs – water
Most of us are aware that our bodies are made up of 50-65% water but we don’t always do anything to keep it replenished. Lack of water in our bodies can cause all sorts of unpleasant effects such as tiredness, sluggishness and poor skin and this will worsen as the water content gets depleted. Experts recommend that we drink 1/3 of our body weight in water per day but even if you can’t manage this, do try and drink as much as you can. Sometimes we eat when we are actually thirsty so make it a habit to keep a bottle by your side and if you can’t bear the taste of plain water, put a splash of fruit cordial into it.
Eat more fresh vegetables
You don’t have to become a vegetarian but try eating less meat and more vegetables. Experiment with things you haven’t tried before. Steer away from tinned vegetables and instead go for fresh or frozen. If you add a small amount of veg to your meals on a daily basis, soon you will find yourself enjoying them. You don’t have to just boil; you can steam, stir fry or even roast. Raw veg like carrots sticks and fresh green peas or sugar snap peas are great to munch on.
Don’t eat when you are bored or tired
How often do you feel tired so grab a cream cake or chocolate bar to give yourself a sugar boost? Many of us are guilty of this but it is not a good idea as the sugar just gives us a short term rush, often leaving us feeling even worse afterwards. Try not to put anything in our mouth unless you have really thought about it. Chewing gum is a good way of keeping the munchies at bay or have a large drink of water to make you feel fuller and boost your metabolism.
You can bring these dietary tips into play any time of the year but New Year does seem to provide us with a marker that we can work forward from. Keep making these small steps and before you know it, your diet will be improved and so will your health.