Sometimes good health comes in baby steps. You might increase your activity bit by bit and make small changes in your diet. Ultimately, you’ll boost your health and improve your energy level and even your appearance. What’s the first small change you can make that’s sure to give you a huge benefit? It’s simple. If you drink soft drinks, fruit drinks or other sugary drinks, switch to water! That seems like a small change, but it reaps huge benefits.
Cutting out cola saves calories and provides other benefits.
When you give up colas, not only will you cut out sugar, you’ll cut out salt. You’ll be more hydrated and look better, too. Cola drinks contain caffeine, which is a diuretic. It also contains salt and that flavor is covered by all the sugar. If you’ve ever had a cola on a hot day and needed another to quench your thirst, you’ve discovered the dirty little secret. It makes you thirstier, so you’ll drink more. Even diet soft drinks are unhealthy. Studies show it can cause visceral fat. Visceral fat is the most dangerous type of fat. It’s belly fat.
Cutting back on sugar and replacing it with fruit and natural sweetness.
There’s no doubt about it, this small change is huge and TOUGH! Sugar is addictive. In fact, it stimulates the same areas of the brain as opioids. It’s no wonder people crave it. Try cutting out foods with added sugar. You can begin by replacing sugary snacks with fresh fruit. You’ll be amazed at how your taste buds start to change after a short time and recognize the sweetness of natural sugar. Your blood sugar levels will normalize and you’ll be less prone to the mid morning or mid afternoon droop. It’s hard to do, because sugar is in everything, so you’ll have to read labels.
Add more vegetables to your meals.
Just adding one more type of vegetable to every meal can make a difference. The more vegetables you eat, the more nutrients you’ll have. Eating more vegetables also fills you up without adding significantly to your caloric intake. It’s fun to experiment with new vegetables that aren’t common to everyone’s plate. Adding avocado might be as easy as making guacamole. Drinking pomegranate juice, not the kind with added sugar, can also boost your intake of fruits and vegetables.
- If you’re not ready for giving up all sugar or label reading, just give up the obvious sugary treats, like candy, pastries and sugary desserts. It’s a good start.
- Try going without processed food for a week and eat all whole foods. It takes some planning, particularly if you snack often, but it’s well worth the effort.
- If you want a super healthy salad, fill it with leaf lettuce and spinach, rather than iceberg lettuce that doesn’t have all the health benefits.
- Switch your snacks to fresh vegetables, soy snacks or even edamame. Even making one small switch, such as cutting out that soft drink and choosing water instead, can make a huge difference in your health.