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Impact Your Health With Small Diet Changes

By Donna Stark

I try. I really do. I exercise most days of the week, I get the recommended hours of sleep every night, and I stay away from energy drinks and sodas. If I had to, I would definitely classify myself as a somewhat healthy person. Somewhat, because my diet isn't perfect. You see, every time I try to eat healthily, along comes a reason to celebrate ... holidays, my birthday, my children's birthdays, the entire summer season, Fridays, and Taco Tuesdays. Honestly, it's nonstop, and these reasons ruin every attempt at a healthy lifestyle that I try to make.

Eating Well for Optimal Health

Obviously, a healthy diet is essential for optimal health, but did you know that it can also help to reduce your risk of illness and chronic diseases? It's time for all of us to get serious about what we are eating, and no matter how overwhelming it may be, I know that we can do it! We just need to start with baby steps because even small changes can make a big impact! Take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Begin your day with eggs for added protein and increased fullness
  • Choose whole-grain bread to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer
  • Pick up some Greek yogurt for added protein in your diet
  • Drink water for adequate hydration, then drink some more
  • Try some fatty fish to help reduce inflammation and maintain heart health
  • Cut back on calories by choosing a baked potato over a side order of fries
  • Eat your fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
  • Keep your coffee simple to reduce any extra sugar added to your diet
  • Control your calorie-intake by asking for your salad dressing to come on the side

Changing Your Cooking Habits for Optimal Health

Our behaviors and habits can definitely keep us in an unhealthy state if we aren't being careful enough, so in addition to fueling your body with the right kinds of food, it also helps to focus on healthy actions as well! Check out the following tips.

  • Trick your brain into thinking you are eating more than you are by using smaller plates
  • Stop consuming hidden calories and fat by cooking at home more often
  • Bake or roast your food instead of frying it
  • Add some variety to your diet and increase your nutrient intake by experimenting with new recipes
  • Consider upgrading your favorite pizza or burger joint with a healthier restaurant option
  • Don't go grocery shopping without a list or when you are hungry

Baby Steps for a Healthier You

By incorporating small changes in your diet, you will be able to make a huge impact on your overall health and wellness. So get to it! And don't let all of those "special days" that have ruined my healthy lifestyle ruin your chance of success as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loganville, Ga. 

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