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When I look at my Instagram feed, it seems that more and more people are moving away from processed foods and trying to eat a clean diet—Oh, and more people are trying those wraps and essential oils, but I digress— Getting a cleaner diet can seem like a daunting task; especially if you have been a junk food addict most of your life like me. I am finding that by making one small change at a time, I am able to stick with it. Here are 5 simple ways I have found to clean up my diet. Maybe they can work for you too!
#1 Ditch the sugary drinks
Do you drink soda on a daily basis? How about those frappuccinos? Although these drinks are okay once in a while, you shouldn’t be drinking them every day. Any time that you can cut sugar and added calories from your diet you are helping to avoid diseases such as diabetes and obesity that can damage your body.
Simple solution: If you can’t completely give up the sweet flavor of your drinks, an easy transition to make is iced tea. Snapple has a Sorta Sweet Straight Up Tea. It has a touch of real sugar and is made with all-natural ingredients. If you can completely give up the sugar in your beverages, Snapple has you covered there with Unsweetened Straight Up Tea. With tea, you also have the added benefit of antioxidants!
#2 Ditch white breads and grains
“Want to statistically reduce your risk of death from all causes (in other words, your total mortality rate) by 15% just by making one dietary change?” According to WebMD, you can do this by choosing whole grains whenever you can.
Simple solution: Switch to whole wheat bread, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. If you find it hard to switch, start by mixing half white rice and half brown rice and reduce the amount of white rice each time you make it. You can do the same thing with pasta. I made this switch and have found that I really like brown rice and whole wheat pasta. I still have a hard time with whole wheat bread, so I opt for eating sandwiches on whole wheat tortillas instead.
#3 Ditch the sports drinks
Sports drinks are used to replace the electrolytes the body loses through exercise. According to Doctor Oz, “getting the right balance of electrolytes could replenish your energy, help lower your blood pressure, and help rebuild lean muscle.” So why would you ditch the sports drinks? Because there is a better option!
Simple solution: Coconut water. Coconut water is the clear, fat-free liquid inside young, green coconuts. The pure coconut water from Vita Coco is naturally rich in minerals, vitamins, and electrolytes. It is also low in calories and cholesterol-free.
#4 Ditch the restaurants
Eating out can not only add pounds to your waist, but it drains your wallet. These are two things that I do not want!
Simple solution: Meal planning. I have found that it is much easier to resist the urge to go out to eat (or order takeout) if I have a plan for each dinner during the week. Having all of the ingredients chopped up and ready to go makes me even more likely to eat in, so I will cut up veggies and measure out ingredients after I bring them home from the store.
#5 Ditch the stress
We all know that stress is bad for our bodies. According to WebMD, “For some people, the effects go beyond feelings of anxiety and discomfort. For these people, stress can mean facing each day ravenously hungry — and adding weight gain to their list of worries.” Reducing stress can only be a good thing!
Simple solution: Exercise and meditation are two great ways to reduce stress. However, you don’t always have time to do these when you are feeling stressed. You know, those times you have an important meeting in 10 minutes or your kids are shouting at you from all directions. This is where the simple solution of neuro BLISS comes in handy. This 35 calorie drink, with no artificial colors or flavors, helps you relax, unwind, and focus.
Simple solutions at Walmart
Anything that makes it easier for me to make better choices is a huge help. When I was at Walmart I noticed that it is really easy to pick up these substitutions. The drink aisle is full of great options!
What steps are you taking to clean up your diet? I’d love to get some other simple ideas.