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Jul 31

5 simple diet changes to improve your health

You could do a google search on diets or diet changes or healthy eating (which you may have already done), but I have to tell you that it’s a little bit scary out there.  You could end up looking like this:  cat1

There’s way too much information and there’s no way to know if any of it is true.  This can be a huge problem.  You might be making changes that are the exact opposite of what’s good for you.  So, how do you know?

There is so much controversy about what’s healthy to eat that it’s almost impossible to know.  Skim milk, 2%, whole, almond or soy milk?  Olive oil, canola, vegetable or coconut oil?  Protein, fiber, meal, granola, or energy bars?  Butter or margarine?  Registered Dieticians, Doctors, Alternative Health Practitioners and even researchers can’t agree.  Sorry, but I don’t have those answers for you.

5 Simple diet changes

What I do have are simple diet changes.  I believe in keeping things simple, which is why I adhere to the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid).  These are 5 things that I think just about everyone can agree on:ketchup bottle

  1. Eat your vegetables (and fruit too)
  2. Cut out High Fructose Corn Syrup
  3. Eat out at restaurants less frequently
  4. Switch to organic, if you have the choice
  5. Drink water!  Click here for more info on water.

You can’t get more simple than that, can you?  I think we can all do those.  I’m not saying only eat vegetables… just add a little bit at a time.  Do you think you could substitute one meal in a restaurant for a home cooked meal at home or take your lunch to work?  These things are not only simple, but they could even save you money.

I know it costs more to buy organic food, but consider what you spend on eating out, and buying soda or fancy coffees like Starbucks.  Keep track of how much you save when you don’t buy that can of soda or coffee.  Then use it to pay for the organic produce and meats.

BPA… what you need to know about it

bPa'sI know I said “5” but I do want to mention one more thing.  This is really important.  Strive to eliminate using any plastic that contains BPA.  BPA stands for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.  BPA has been linked to obesity, hormone disruptions, and cancer.  It’s in reusable plastic containers, plastic water bottles, plastic wrap and even canned goods (lining the inside of the can).  It can leach out into food or water especially when the plastic is heated such as in a microwave or inside a hot car.  So look for labels on plastic containers that identify them as BPA free.

That’s all for now.  Please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you, especially if you try any of my 5 suggestions.  Let me know how it works for you.

here's to you

 

 

Here’s to you!

 

Alice

alice@loveyourhealthcoach.com