Maybe you aren't ready for a Whole 30 or a Vegan diet just yet. Maybe you have so much to do that you can't even consider a complete dietary change right now. I get that. You've got work, a home and a family to take care of. No wonder you can't even go there, when you hear one more mention of a new diet that will transform your life, after prepping for it takes over that life completely. And, let's not even talk about how much you love your coffee creamer. Ain't nobody got time to give that up.
You can start down the road to healthy eating, slowly. Yep. You don't need to give up everything "good" all at once. In fact, you are more likely to be successful, and sustain a healthy lifestyle, if you take things one step at a time.
Want a few simple nutrition hacks to get you started down the healthy eating path?
Drink MORE Water
I know, I know, you think I am a superstar rocket scientist right now. While that's clearly true, it isn't the point.
Most women don't drink near enough water each day. Which means, they spend most of their days in a state of dehydration. Dehydration makes you irritable, tired, and leads to headaches, nausea and a whole host of other problems. So, first thing in the morning, I want you to gulp down a glass of water. Then, I want you to swap out at LEAST one sugary drink per day, for a bottle of water. And, before you reach for some sweet, processed snack, or that greasy bag of chips, I want you to drink some water; we often mistake hunger for thirst. Lastly, I want you to drink at least 4-20oz. bottles of water each day. That's one with each meal, and one throughout the rest of the day. You can do that. For reals. You can do that!
Drink 1 Green Smoothie Per Day
If you think green smoothies are gross, I want you to check out some of the delicious recipes over at Simple Green Smoothies. You don't need to try all of them, but I promise, you will find something you like! You can switch up your smoothie, or drink the same ole' green-glass-of-health each day! But, do this for a month, and I promise, you will start feeling a whole lot healthier.
Make One Swap Each Day
Maybe you're a candy bar girl. Welp, swap that candy bar for a piece of fruit. I'm a Coke girl. So, I started with swapping out one Coke with water each day. Now, I only have Coke a few times per week. I used to have 3 a day! If you love chips, swap them out for some carrots. Just one swap per day can really make a huge difference. Each day, when a processed food calls your name (hello Cheetos), tell that bag of nutritional nothings that you ain't having none of that today. At least not right now. Grab yourself some unsweetened Greek yogurt instead, and show your body some love. You don't have to change everything all at once. Just commit to ONE swap a day.
Just Say No To Diet Foods
If it says low fat, or no sugar, but it's loaded with preservatives, sodium and artificial sweeteners, just keep on moving. Seriously. Don't buy into the diet food lies. Stick with the things you KNOW are good for you. Veggies and fruit make perfect snacks and provide your body with tons of good nutrients. So, next time you go grocery shopping, skip the diet foods and grab some fresh produce.
Eat Your Dressing on The Side
Most dressings are full of sugar and preservatives. Yet, we smother all of those healthy veggies with mountains of Ranch. Next time you're out, and order something with dressing or sauce, ask for it on the side. You'll end up consuming far less if you have to dip each bite. And, if you are feeling really nuts, go ahead and opt for oil and vinegar as your dressing. I know, I know. That's crazy talk.
See, now that wasn't so bad. I didn't say you had to cut out all sugar, forever. And, who doesn't love a good Snickers bar every know and then? But, if you start making these simple swaps, and add in some good-for-ya, nutritionally dense foods, you might just find yourself wanting to take the next step into healthy eating. And, by that point, the next step won't seem so scary since you've already proven you can make sustainable changes to your diet.
I double-dog-dare you to try these hacks for the next month. I have a feeling you won't regret it!
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