When it comes to resolutions and big life changes, there is no better time to put new plans in to action than the start of a new year. We might be a month over the turn of 2019, but that doesn’t mean that it is too late to put a new regime in to place! If you know that your eating habits aren’t as ideal as they could be, then here are some of the best ways to improve your diet this year.
1. Less Caffeine
It’s not a ground breaking tip, but it’s one that deserves repeating! Caffeine isn’t the best way to try to regulate your energy levels. It leads to way too many highs and lows and can contribute to unhealthy snacking. Wean yourself off caffeine and you will feel much freer in your everyday routine.
2. Home Cooking
Make the effort to cook more meals for yourself at home rather than relying on takeout and pre-processed foods. Cooking meals from scratch is the only true way that you will be able to completely control what goes into your body.
3. No More Processed Foods
The problem with processed foods is that, although they might be easy and time saving, they tend to have most of the nutritional benefit stripped out of them in order to have longer shelf life or a more enhanced flavour etc. Try to keep things as fresh and as organic as possible, even if it costs a little bit more each week.
4. Rainbow Food
By rainbow food, I’m talking about having meals where your plate is represented by foods that cover the colour spectrum. You don’t just want to be seeing the beiges of carbs and processed foods; you want all the colours of the rainbow that fruits and vegetables can provide.
5. Change Snacks
If you feel the need to snack during the day, make sure that you swap out the old sweets and candies for more healthy alternatives like nuts, seeds, and fruit. It might not seem as attractive as a chocolate bar, but you’ll be happier in the long term!
6. Grow Your Own
Get into the latest millennial trend of growing your own produce. More and more allotment patches are springing up these days, and you can save big bucks and be much healthier by growing a bunch of your own herbs and vegetables to enjoy.
7. Dark Chocolate
If you really can’t resist the temptation of chocolate, then at least try to make it so that the only kind you enjoy on a regular basis is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has great antioxidant properties and it tends to be lower in calories gram for gram than both milk chocolate and white chocolate.
8. More Water
Hardly any of us drink as much water as we should, so make the commitment to get down at least the eight recommended glasses per day. It can make so much difference to your overall health.