5 Ways to Fix Your Diet

It can be difficult to change your eating habits once you’ve found yourself in a habit of eating a certain way and particular foods, but it is possible.

As a nutritional expert, I’d like to share with you some of the best ways to repair your diet and to begin eating in a healthier manner.

1. Water

One of the best ways to begin to fix your diet is to start drinking plenty of water. It’s a very simple way to boost the overall health of your body and isn’t costly or time consuming.

Simply dedicate yourself to drinking a certain amount of water each day, and incorporate that into your routines.

I often suggest keeping water at your bedside to be able to wake up in the morning and drink a glass in order to start off your day with hydration. Water is crucial for keeping your body functioning optimally and keeping skin healthy by providing hydration.

You can carry a capped, refillable cup with you that allows you to keep track of how many glasses you drink without worrying about spilling it, thus removing some of the excuses that people have about not taking water with them.

If you’re feeling hungry, but have just eaten, drink a glass of water and give yourself fifteen minutes to reassess how you feel. Often it isn’t really hunger that you’re feeling-you’re simply under-hydrated.

2. Plan and prepare meals in advance

By planning and preparing what you’ll eat for the week, this allows you to make healthy selections and not feel as though you’re too tired to make good food choices.

Taking the time on a Sunday evening to place salads in containers, cook up fish or chicken or clean fruits and veggies then package them for daily use cuts down on the stress of everyday food preparation and makes it much easier to eat healthily during the week.

3. Avoid fads diets

Fad diets can be tempting, but they aren’t a good way to maintain your health. Sometimes clients will use cleansing to jump-start a new commitment to eating well, and that can work. However, beware the pitfalls of eating diets that don’t allow you to eat certain foods for the long term.

Eating a diet that incorporates all food groups is important-then you won’t feel deprived of certain tastes and textures. Don’t feel bad about eating something that you enjoy-just don’t go overboard and binge. Overhauling your diet isn’t about starving yourself; it’s about creating lasting good food habits that last a lifetime.

4. Portion size

Learning portion size is probably the most important thing that you can do to fix your diet. Knowing what a portion size is allows you to enjoy your favorite foods, but with the knowledge of exactly what you’re eating.

Read the labels and learn about how many calories and fats are in each serving size, then eat accordingly. While you might think that eating twenty five of your favorite crackers isn’t a big deal, you might be surprised to learn that the serving size of crackers is generally four to eight crackers, and usually contains 70 to 150 calories per serving. That’s almost a half hour of walking to burn off!

5. Understand good fats

Many people believe that they should avoid fats to stay healthy. This isn’t really the case. There are many “good fats” that are found in nutrient rich foods like fish, avocado and nuts. These good fats have been scientifically linked to better heart health and brain function.

By incorporating water, planning, and learning portion size, you are getting off to a great start in order to revamp your diet and become a healthier you.