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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Simple Diet Changes That Give Results!

During my time in Vegas my healthy eating went right out the window, and boy do I ever feel it.  Tired, grumpy and a face full of spots!  True proof that what you eat will manifest itself on your face!  So here's a few easy changes you can make to your diet that will put that spring back in your step.

Switch from lettuce to spinach.  I can not stress this enough!  Eating lettuce (especially iceberg) is basically just eating water, it has hardly any nutritional value.  A good rule of thumb is the greener it is, the more it packs a vitamin punch!  Spinach is full of iron, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and the list goes on.  Plus, it's so versatile!  I throw spinach in with my smoothies, mix it in with a stir fry, use it for salad or just steam it as a side dish.  It's my magic ingredient!

Ditch the toast for breakfast.  When bread is toasted the complex starches and carbohydrates break down into sugars.  Again with the lack of nutritional value!  Studies show that people find toast comforting, that it reminds them of being a kid, but we shouldn't be eating comfort food every morning!  It's important to eat things at breakfast that aren't going to lead to fluctuations in our sugar levels later in the day.  Try eating high fibre granola with low fat yoghurt and berries for a week and see if you feel the difference.        

Trade in your coffee for green tea.  We all know the benefits of green tea and the bad effects of coffee but we just keep doing it to ourselves.  It takes ten days to make something a habit (or break an old one) so suck it up and start sucking up the tea.  Your skin, lungs, liver and teeth will thank you!

Get more Omega 3's.  Omega 3's are one of these "super food" ingredients that fight off a plethora of different health problems including alzheimers, arthritis, high blood pressure and a million more.  It's easy when you're young to forget that one day your body will be old and these things will matter to you.  You may not think twice about your blood pressure now, but the choices we make today will affect how we feel in ten years.  It might be a bit scary to think about, but it's true.  Simple changes now = good health later!

Cut back on the condiments.  A couple years ago I probably would have bathed in ketchup, I really love the stuff, but I love looking and feeling good more!  You can take a perfectly healthy salad, and if you cover it with dressing you're basically drenching your food in fat, sugar, sodium and calories.  I have become a devout convert to olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  The olive oil still has fat, but it's good fat and at least it's not hiding behind a fancy label!  Also, beware when you read the nutrition information.  Look at the portion size!  Does anyone really only use 1 tsp of ketchup?  No way, jose!

Stop buying junk food.  If you want to eat healthy, why is there potato chips and brownies in your shopping cart?  Do you buy them and intend to not eat them?  No, you're waiting for your inevitable moment of weakness.  We all have them.  The other night I got the munchies in a bad way and I was dying for some salt and cardboard.  Popcorn, chips, peanuts....I would have eaten all of it!  But because I didn't buy any of that crap, I ended up eating Ryvitas and Light Laughing Cow which come in at under 100 calories.  Satisfied my craving and I didn't feel disgusting the next day.  If it's not there, you can't eat it!

Really take a look at these tips.  They are not difficult changes to make (well, maybe ditching coffee!) but they will have such a positive effect on how you look and feel now and twenty years down the road!


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