We all know that we’re supposed to eat right—so why do so few of us actually do it? The perception of good nutrition is that it is both very difficult and also rather expensive—but this is something of a misconception. Actually, there are some small, simple steps you can take to start having greater nutrition even today.
For example, take the following:
- Make an effort to eat protein at every meal, which will boost your metabolism and help you to stay fuller for longer. Lean proteins are best. You don’t have to do anything fancy here: Chicken works great, and also pork, fish, and shrimp.
- Eat a healthy breakfast every day—not just an energy bar or a Pop Tart! Take time for protein, healthy fat and some fruit. A breakfast of eggs, a handful of nuts, a banana and a cup of coffee is great!
- Swap out unhealthy oils and fats for good ones. Olive oil, coconut oil and grass-fed butter are all great options.
- Limit your sugar. A good starting point is just to remove all sugar-enhanced beverages from your diet—including not only soda, but also fruit juice.
- Make sure you’re getting veggies with your meals! Again, you don’t have to do anything expensive or fancy. Broccoli florets, baby carrots, corn—there are plenty of easy, affordable, and tasty ways to get veggies with lunch and dinner.
- Start exercising. Remember that physical activity is the other side of the coin—and is just as important as what you put into your body.
- Sleep better at night. If you’re not getting your eight hours, you’re not living a healthy lifestyle—and even good nutrition won’t save you.