The word “diet” comes from the Greek word “diaita,” meaning “a way of life.” It’s not just about the food you eat but rather about sharing it with friends and family and taking the time to stop and enjoy the experience.
Listed below are 6 tips to help guide you to lead your healthiest life yet. Rest assured, if you pick one, two or all 6 of these to follow, you’ll be feeling great by the end of the month. Buh-bye diets, hello lifestyle!
Save room for two more bites.
Practicing this simple habit has two great benefits: It’s a completely painless way to save calories from the extra food you’re not eating, which can lead to slow, steady weight loss over time. It also teaches you to pay more attention and listen to your body, which is one of the best ways to stay healthy and feel your best long term!
Every food (and beverage) can fit in a healthy diet. There’s no need to deny yourself of things you enjoy!
Be a fiber fanatic.
Eating more fiber allows you to feel more satisfied while stabilizing blood-sugar levels, helping to fight off hunger and cravings. Diets high in fiber have been linked back to lower bodyweight, decreased disease risk and improved longevity. Aim for 1 fruit per 1000 calories you eat.
Try new foods.
So many illnesses and health-related problems could be avoided if we just ate more produce. Replace one thing that you would normally eat with a new fruit or a vegetable. Not only does this keep healthy eating interesting, but you also may end up trying something that you didn’t know you liked.
Get enough sleep.
Make a special effort to get enough sleep and to sleep well on a regular basis. Sleep impacts energy levels, ability to make good decisions and to put your best face forward — all of which can impact self-confidence and more.
Know your limits.
The healthiest version of ourselves lies somewhere between giving ourselves grace while still having challenging goals. A good place to start is by being honest with yourself about what works for you and what doesn’t.
Start small. Incorporate 1 habit per week within 6 weeks you’ll be well on your way to a new you!