Gear up for Summer with These Simple Changes to Your Diet
Living a healthier lifestyle does not have to mean making major changes or depriving yourself of the things you love. Bigger does not always mean better, especially when it comes to your health. Too many changes at once can seem overwhelming, unattainable and you may feel tempted to revert to old habits. It’s about making small, simple changes that are manageable and maintaining those changes until it eventually becomes a habit.
Here are some easy tips that can help you achieve a healthier you for the fast approaching summer.
Plan Your Meals
Planning your meals ahead of time is one of the easiest ways to help stay on track from week to week. Packing lunches for the week saves time in the morning, especially if you are always on the go.
Put a few chicken breasts or pulled pork in the crockpot on Sunday and use the meat to create different meals throughout the week. This also goes for snacks – pre-cutting fruits and vegetables or setting out protein packed snacks the night before, such as non-fat Greek yogurt, will decrease mindless eating and will help keep you satisfied throughout the day.
Looking for a simple crockpot recipe for a protein packed lunch? Try Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa!
Let’s not forget the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Easy, grab & go options for breakfast will set you up for success in the morning and keep you on track until lunch time. Veggie Egg White Muffins are super quick and simple to meal prep. Overnight oats or nutrient dense smoothies are also easy to prep ahead and take little to no time. Traditional hard-boiled eggs is another simple food to prep ahead and can be added to any meal or snack to get a little extra protein.
It is important to stay hydrated, especially now that the warmer months will soon be upon us. Hotter temperatures cause you to sweat at a higher rate, which results in water loss.
We all know water is essential for many important processes in the body. Having a reusable water bottle on hand will make drinking water more convenient. You will be more likely to consume more water if it is always within reach.
More consumption of water throughout the day will increase your sense of fullness and decrease overeating at meal times.
Ditch the Sugary Beverages
Sugary beverages, such as fruit juice and soda, are full of empty calories and will only leave you bloated and not feeling your best. Don’t drink your calories, and limit sugary beverages if you can.
Add fresh fruit and herbs, such as lemon and mint, to your water bottle for a refreshing and flavorful substitute. If it is the carbonation you are missing, opt for a natural flavored seltzer. Fresh fruit and herbs are also great when making cocktails at home to add flavor and sweetness without all the sugary calories. Replacing syrupy cocktail mixers with flavored seltzer or kombucha will also help cut down on the sugar.
The key to a balanced and wholesome meal: make half of your plate vegetables! Put vegetables as the main star of your dish, or add vegetables to meals you wouldn’t normally such as an omelet or on your favorite sandwich.
One of the simplest meals to prepare if you are lacking on the vegetable front for the week is a lean-meat burger or veggie burger, instead of using a bun, put the burger on top of veggies and greens. Incorporating veggies in each meal will not only add color for a more appealing dish but will also fill you up and decrease the chances of going back for seconds or indulging in dessert.
All good things come to those who wait. Be patient and trust the process. Incorporate these healthful tips to a better you and these changes will become a part of your daily routine before you know it.
What are some of your best tricks to stay on track and prepare for summer? Comment and share below!