Most of us eat at least three meals a day, every day. If you’ve been planning to eat better, every meal is an opportunity to make a good choice.
Sure, there are diets that focus on all the things you should exclude: Paleo – exclude the grains; Vegetarian – exclude the meat; Vegan – exclude the dairy; Atkins – exclude the carbs. The diets work for a while but all the limitations are so restrictive.
These are 10 tips you can start with if you want to eat well without all the limitations.
- Drink half an ounce of water per pound of body weight daily – if you weight 180 pounds, aim for 90 ounces (about 11 cups) of water every day.
- Skimp on the meats – make meats a treat rather than an every-meal staple. Get protein from beans, peas, nuts and grains like quinoa instead.
- Slow down and enjoy your meals.
- Chew more to develop the enzymes necessary to digest food.
- Before you eat, express your gratitude for the food and imagine the nourishment you will receive from it. (Say a prayer)
- Eat at least half of your vegetables and fruit in their raw, natural state.
- Eat salads – use green, leafy vegetables as the base, and raw nuts, seeds, sprouts and fruits as the toppings.
- Treat yourself to superfoods – even if they are expensive, they are worth it. Superfoods include kale, moringa, mushrooms, chia seeds.
- Eat fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Foods start losing their enzymes as soon as they are harvested – you can access locally grown foods quicker so you can access more of the healthy stuff.
- Try a new fruit or vegetable every week.