5 Simple Ways to a Healthy Diet

by Ali on June 29, 2009

If you’re even a little bit sensible, you would know that the best way to a healthy and disease-free life is to eat right, get enough exercise into your routine, be more active, and try and remain free from stress. The trouble is, we are so used to eating what we like and when we like that it becomes really hard when we’re forced to switch to healthier food habits because of illness or poor health. Change, even when it is for the better, is extremely difficult. So it makes more sense to introduce it gradually into your life, little by little so that you hardly realize you are making the change. Switching over to a healthy diet is easy if you just follow the below advice:

  • Reduce your sugar intake: Sugar is responsible for a host of ills, including diabetes and obesity. You don’t have to cut it out of your life altogether; it’s enough if you reduce the amount you eat. Use one spoon where you used to use two, and if you must have your coffee or juice with two or more spoons, try and reduce the number of coffees or juices you drink.
  • Cut back on the oil: Oil, especially the unsaturated kind, is responsible for increasing your bad cholesterol and giving you heartburn. Eat grilled instead of fried foods (they taste just as good), and use a spray can rather than a spoon when you’re sautéing food.
  • Eat a fruit a day: Fruits are full of vitamins and other nutrients, and the more brightly colored they are, the better they are for your health. Make it a point to eat at least one fruit a day, in some form. Buy fruits that are in season to minimize your expenses and also increase your variety. If you don’t like to eat fruit, at least drink it up as juice.
  • Switch to low-fat options: Most of your favorite food comes in low fat varieties that are both tasty and low on calories. Make the switch before you are beset by obesity and other diet and lifestyle related diseases.
  • Share temptation: You will be tempted to eat ice cream, pastries and other food items that are definitely not good for your health, and although it makes sense to tell yourself to stay true to your diet, restricting yourself too much only makes you binge when you lose control. It’s better to limit yourself to eating your favorite food once in a while, and it’s best if you share it with a friend so that your portion is limited.

We eat to live, not live to eat. Keeping that in mind every time we’re tempted to have our way with food will keep you on the right track to a healthy diet and a disease-free life.

This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of x ray technician salary at her blog The X-Ray Vision-aries Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: katsanders25@gmail.com.

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