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Mind Your Plate: Guide To Starting A Healthy Diet
August 18, 2021

Mind Your Plate: Guide To Starting A Healthy Diet

Starting a new diet routine is never easy especially when you get to just having whatever is available. From buying to preparing the food you’re going to eat takes a lot of effort but a healthy balanced diet is very rewarding in the long run. Replacing junk, processed, and instant food with a nutritious meal gives more than what it takes. Here are some primary steps you can take to start a healthy diet.

No processed foods

Cut off processed foods and go with whole foods. Whole foods are those natural and unprocessed foods or have gone only through a minimum level of processing.

Whole foods are vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Things like french fries and corn snacks don’t belong to this category. Processing diminishes the nutrient contents of food and increases ingredients that your body does not need much like sugar and sodium. So, minimizing the processed foods on your diet is a big step into a healthy living.

Mind the calories and macros

Counting the calories and macronutrients is a great start as it gives you an indication on how much you should eat, but calories are not created equally, some calories won’t give you the same energy as quality nutrients gained from whole foods.

No sugary drinks

Sodas and processed fruit juices contain the most amount of sugar and calories. Most people would be surprised how much sugar and calories is hiding behind a single glass of them. We tend to assume that these fruit juices are healthy but the processed and bottled ones aren’t and these won’t do any good with your diet.

So better stick with water that has zero calories and zero additives. And if you’re craving for some tasty drinks, go with freshly squeezed fruits.

Avoid Snacking

Snacks are just like sugary drinks. It contains a couple hundred calories in just a single pack, a handful of peanuts may not do any harm but when a handful becomes two or 3 and then 5, the calories easily add up.

So instead of going in with anything you find in the cupboard, be conscious with your snacks or you can prepare something healthy in advance. Go with some veggies like carrots or celery since they are always a good choice, low in calories and high in nutrients.

Pay attention to your portion size

And the last thing you should pay attention to when starting a healthy diet is the portion size of your food. Packed food and meal sizes in restaurants tend to get bigger and are now exceeding the recommended serving sizes. This makes your brain adjust to these kinds of portions making your body get used to eating more that could result in overeating. So, it’s really important that you mind those plates and serving portions when trying to start a healthy diet.

Say no to excess calories and teach your body to get used to the recommended healthy portions. Start with a couple of tricks like using a smaller plate and putting away the extra food.

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