Looking for ways to improve your diet? Most of us could do with eating a better quality diet, but because of time, lack of knowledge, or budget we don’t eat as well as we could. So how can you eat well without making major changes? Here are some simple but effective ways to improve your diet …
One very simple way to improve your diet is to buy better quality food. Many of us have to watch how much we spend, but if you look at how much you’re spending on junk food and sugary items, that money could be better used elsewhere. So, for example, if you like meat, buy less of it but choose better quality, organic meat.
2. Reduce Processed Foods
Of all the ways to improve your diet, the most basic one is to cut down on the amount of processed food you consume. Chances are that a good proportion of your diet (perhaps more than you realise) is made up of processed foods, which contain a lot of additives, fats, and sugars. Clearly these aren’t healthy, so start cutting down on these foods.
3. Regular Meals
Do you skip breakfast? This is a bad move, as it makes you more likely to reach for unhealthy mid-morning snacks. In fact, missing any meal is not good for you, so make sure you eat regularly. This will keep your energy levels up, and stop you from filling up with chocolate bars and similar snacks.
4. Increase Fruits and Vegetables
Another of the best ways to improve your diet is to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you consume. This is actually pretty easy; make a fruit salad, add fruit to your breakfast, or whizz up smoothies. Chop up vegetables and add them to sauces, juice them, or eat salads. This will mean you get lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
5. Less Sugar
I’ll admit that I have a sweet tooth, and I’m well aware that it’s not exactly healthy. So like a lot of people, I could do with cutting down the amount of sugar in my diet. Remember that a lot of foods have hidden sugar in them (this is where the point on cutting down on processed foods is again relevant!).
6. Cook from Scratch
Cooking from scratch is a great way of ensuring that you eat a better diet. By cooking with fresh and basic ingredients, you know exactly what is going into the food you eat. It’s not actually that time consuming, as you can make enough for several meals and freeze the rest.
Finally, one of the easiest ways to improve your diet is to switch to using wholefoods. This is so simple, as all you have to do is buy wholemeal pasta and flour, and brown rice. These unrefined versions have not had the nutrition stripped out of them, so are much healthier.
There are many simple ways to improve your diet, and if you implement some of them you are bound to feel much better for it. Remember, you are what you eat! The goal is to improve your diet, not make it totally boring, so don’t feel guilty about eating a cake. As long as you eat well most of the time, it’s fine to enjoy a few less healthy items. What do you think you could do to improve your own diet?