When you focus on getting at least 7 portions of fruits and vegetables into your diet each day, you will very easily start to eat better and feel healthier.
This is because you will be filling up on nutrient dense, high fiber foods, yet these foods are also low in calories. That means lots of nutrients, more energy, a lower calorie intake, and you don’t feel hungry all of the time… it’s a win-win situation.
I suggest that you try to work more vegetables into your recipes, as well as just serving them on the side of your dinner plate.
I like to add grated vegetables like carrots or courgette to chili and curry, or spinach leaves to soups, for example.
Something else we do regularly at home, is to have a large bowl of salad in the middle of the table at dinner time to eat either at the beginning or end of our meal.
My favorite salads have green leaves (spinach, watercress), with tomatoes, red peppers, raw broccoli, grated carrot, with a lemon juice and garlic dressing. It’s so simple and delicious.
You can take this basic principle and apply it to all of your meals and snacks. You could, for example, swap a sugary, highly processed snack for raw nuts, or cut out sodas and drink water and green tea instead.
Basically, your focus is to get the most nutrients into your meals and snacks each day.
When you think about your eating habits in that way, it really helps you to avoid foods that aren’t so good for you, because each time you reach for a cookie, you are forced to ask yourself if this is really the best choice available to help you meet your goal of a nutrient dense diet.
I asked on my Facebook page, what’s the best diet tip you’ve ever heard? This is Waseem’s response,
When you’re standing in front of something you’re about to eat ask yourself: “Is this going to clog me or cleanse me?”
Thank you Waseem. I thought that was a very appropriate diet tip for today’s article
Action Tip: If you’re not already, set aside one week to experiment with adding 7 or more portions of fruit and vegetables to your diet every day. Don’t focus on removing bad stuff. But, if you focus on adding these nutrient rich foods, you’ll consequently eat less of the stuff doing you no good. Let me know how you get on.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, too. What’s that best diet tip you’ve ever heard/tried?