When it comes to eating better, cutting back on the highly processed foods you eat is a good place to start. These foods are stripped of nutrients, providing little fiber, antioxidants or vitamins and minerals. More often than not they are full of sugar or salt, which can have major effects on our health (not to mention our weight). I know it can seem tough to always eat “from scratch” so here are 10 easy swaps to take the place of common convenience foods.
We think that the secret to getting healthy is finding a healthy lifestyle that works for you (aka one that you can follow forever because it feels good — not like tortuous deprivation). And here’s how to do it, step by step.
Step One: Find What You Like
The first step? Finding stuff that you like. So forget the cucumbers and other veggies you don’t like, and focus on what you do. Same goes for exercise and being active. In fact, go ahead and grab a piece of paper and simply jot down all of the fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and proteins that you like — plus even less-than-healthy ones like pizza and ice cream. Every single one. Then, do the same with activities. If exercises like Zumba or walking are on your list, great — but don’t limit yourself to just stuff you do at the gym! Things like gardening, watching TV and music count, too.