If you’re realizing you should eat healthier, here is some information on how to start. Don’t expect to get healthy all at once, just try making little changes to what you eat, and slowly the unhealthy cravings will decrease. As you feel better, you will be more motivated to exercise, buy and cook healthier foods, and avoid more unhealthy foods.
I’ve included videos from nutritionfacts.org. This site is created by a doctor, and includes information based on scientific studies. The videos are short, easy to watch and understand, but not dumbed down.
Let’s start with snacks. If you eat a lot of junky snacks, like crisps or cookies, you can start to replace them with nuts. If you have overwhelming sugar cravings, try a trail mix with candy or chocolate to start off. If you struggle with motivation to cook healthy meals, shelled nuts are great because they’re ready to go.
Let’s talk about breakfast. Instead of eating sugary cereals or some other unhealthy option, you can eat oatmeal. You can also eat flax seeds as a hot cereal or mix it with your oatmeal. These options are great for fighting inflammation, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. You can start off mixing some sugar so you actually want to eat it, and then slowly cut down the amount of sugar you add as you become less addicted. You can put flax seeds in your smoothies, too.
Berries are another great food to get started with. If you’re struggling with motivation to cook, you can just get a package of berries and eat them. They’re also great in smoothies. Berries are great at fighting inflammation, with helps with everything from arthritis to depression and anxiety.
Did you know many spices have potent anti-inflammatory properties? You can start eating healthier by simply mixing certain spices into meals you already eat.
If you’re struggling with depression, it can be improved with an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise.
If you’re dealing with diabetes, this can also be improved with changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as eating less sugary foods and eating more fiber.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of death in the western world. It’s also very responsive to changes in diet. Hibiscus tea is a great way to start reducing high blood pressure, as it has been found to be as effective as commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Whole grains are also a great place to start: just stop buying white bread and buy whole wheat instead.
This is a lot of information, but don’t get overwhelmed. You don’t have to suddenly “become healthy” tomorrow. You just need to find one or two things you can start doing, and make those a habit. Then, start adding habits over time, and you will slowly be motivated to get healthier and make more changes.