With so many diets popping up nowadays, it can become quite a daunting task to pick one and stick to it. Most people who start a strict diet end up cheating or quitting mid-way. Why? Well, the sheer numbers of restrictions come with their own mental pressure. But eliminating all your favourite foods, starving yourself is not the answer to a healthy life. A healthy diet and nutrition with a bit of thought can go a long way compared to strict dieting.
Eating healthy should positively impact your mind and body. Therefore, you only need to make a few steps at a time. Setting moderate health goals will help you achieve them more easily and sustain them. Think of it as a few simple steps to adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Muesli and Oats
Muesli is known to be abundant in fibre. It can help reduce cholesterol levels and improve heart health when eaten regularly. Muesli is also packed with fibre that aid digestion. When eaten for breakfast, muesli could help you stay energetic with its nutritional benefits. It is packed with Protein, and Iron alongside other nutrients and helps builds stronger immunity. Plus, it tastes great with fruits and nuts.
Oatmeal is another great breakfast option. Loaded with fibre and nutrients, it makes for one of the most nutritious breakfasts you can possibly have.
The health benefits of Green Tea have been increasingly recognised by people, earning it the title of a ‘super drink’. It is packed with antioxidants that help slow down the damage caused to cells by free radicals. Green Tea has also been known to boost immunity. Plus, it contains flavonoids that aid in weight loss by decreasing fat absorption and burning calories.
Replace Sugar With Honey Or Stevia
Honey is a natural sweetener with numerous health benefits. It contains fewer calories, glucose, and fructose when compared to sugar. Raw honey also contains Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and other minerals. On the other hand, Stevia has gained popularity over the world due to the fact that it can be used as a zero-calorie sugar substitute. The glycosides present in the stevia plant make it sweeter than sugar with the added benefit of no calories or carbohydrates. Therefore, opting for Stevia is a great choice to help with your nutritional diet.
Replace Unhealthy Cooking Oils With Olive Oil Or A2 Cow Ghee
It is known that olive oil is one of the best substitutes for your regular cooking oil. Olive oil is full of monounsaturated fats that could help regulate blood sugar levels and lower the risk of heart diseases.
A2 cow ghee is also a great choice. It is a healthier and superior alternative to regular cooking oil or regular ghee as it is easy to digest and laden with Vitamin A. You can use it guilt-free when stir-frying vegetables as it will not hinder your fitness goals.
Healthy Snacking With Granola Bars And Seeds
A granola bar is full of protein and fibre that keeps you feeling full for longer. Depending on the ingredients, it can contain high amounts of micronutrients like zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, selenium, etc. Granola bar also helps you by stopping the urge to snack on unhealthy foods between meals.
You can also snack on some healthy fibre-packed seeds when you’re feeling the urge to munch on something. You can further opt for flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and so forth to fill the gap between meals. When incorporated into your diet, they can provide your body with the much-needed vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fats.
So, there you have it – a healthy diet doesn’t need to be drastic in any way! Following these tips will help you begin your dieting plan in an efficient and manageable way.
This piece is authored by Dolly Kumar, founder and director at Cosmic Nutracos Solutions Pvt. Ltd., the parent company to health and wellness brand Gaia.