3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet
Oct 10, 2014 by Leanne Gerich | Diet
In this day and age, nutrition can be confusing. How can we improve our diet? How can you eat to reach optimal health? There are many theories out there, but let’s not make how we eat stressful. Follow these guideline to achieve a sustainable, balanced, healthy lifestyle each day.
Eat whole foods
Opt for foods sans packaging. “If you can’t read it, don’t eat it”is a great rule of thumb. Try to make 80% of your diet whole foods: fruits, vegetables, soups and stews, whole grains, and proteins. If you focus on eating real foods, you won’t have to worry about avoiding certain types of foods (ie. dairy, gluten). Food quality is the most important aspect of the diet. A quality milk product will do you better than a commercialized soy beverage.
In my opinion, this is the best way to expect you are eating quality. Local farmer’s markets can be more expensive, but we vote with our dollar. Treat your body with the care it deserves. Spending an extra couple of dollars on local foods. Quality foods can save you in medical costs in the future.
We all enjoy certain foods. Variety - especially with the seasons is important to maintain optimal health. Our own cycles flow with the earth. Eating cooler foods in the summer and warming foods in the winter is a great way to follow the seasons.
Here is a healthy meal plan idea that can be interchanged each day:
|Day 1||Day 2|
|Breakfast - egg white quiche||Breakfast - green smoothie: handful of spinach with a banana, blueberries, almond milk, chia seeds and a little fresh juice for more flavour. Or try this blood sugar balancing green smoothie|
|Snack - apple slices with almond butter||Snack - hard boiled eggs and homemade kale chips|
|Lunch - chicken stir fry with quinoa and lots of vegetables||Lunch - hummus wrap with avocado, tomatoes, extra protein to which you desire|
|Snack - banana and mixed (raw) nuts||Snack - lentil soup|
|Dinner – hormone and antibiotic free meat with steamed broccoli and quality pasta side (homemade or quality sources sauce)||Dinner - homemade chicken fried rice: egg, rice, lots of vegetables, garlic, green onion|
|Snack - popcorn (air popped, coconut oil, nutritional yeast)||Snack - quality crackers/ vegetable sticks with dip|
|Herbal tea||Herbal tea|