Posted on July 30 2018
A nutritious diet filled with wholesome, unprocessed foods is the best way to maintain a fit body. And yet, most of us find this challenging. If you're thinking of ways to improve your diet, we have five simple tips that'll take it from unhealthy to healthy in a very short period.
1) Say no to sugar
Regular processed sugar is one of the most harmful substances in your diet. And, it also happens to be incredibly addictive which is why it’s hard to cut it out. We suggest you replace sugar with unrefined sugar, sugar substitutes like honey, jaggery and fruit purees in recipes that call for sugar. Replace sugary sweets with ripe or dry fruits. It’ll take a month or two for your body to adjust, but it’s so worth it.
2) Consume more water
We’re supposed to drink at least two liters of water every day. However, most of us drink other liquids like caffeinated beverages, sugary sodas, smoothies and fruit juices instead. Some even drink beer or alcoholic beverages when thirst strikes. This isn’t the same as consuming water since they’re all loaded with calories. Therefore, drink water when you’re dehydrated before chugging anything else.
3) Consume a plant-based diet
Going vegan is all the rage nowadays. Brag factor aside, it’s one of the few diets that’s healthy while being environmentally friendly. Take it up a notch by eating local organic produce. If you can’t maintain a vegan diet 24-7, try doing it every alternate day and then steadily increase the frequency. Explore vegan recipes and vegan substitutes for meat and dairy too.
4) Cut out processed foods
Processed foods involve not just traditional junk foods, but even wholesome foods prepared in refined oils or by using packaged additives like ready-made masalas, colors, and preservatives. Weed out all processed foods and condiments from your pantry. Similarly, cut down on fried, pickled and preserved foods that use chemicals to extend their shelf life.
5) Maintain balance
Most diets fail because they’re overly strict. Your body’s inherent intelligence steers it to make unorthodox choices once in a while like demanding a candy bar when your blood glucose runs low or thirsting for bone broth when it needs nourishment after a prolonged illness. If your diet is predominantly nutritious, you’ll not experience too many cravings. But if you do, give into it instead of suppressing the craving.
With these five simple tips, you can improve your diet vastly. Just include a bit of workout to the mix, and you’ll feel fitter than you’ve felt in years.