5 Ways to Simplify Your Diet
Are you tired of wondering which new diet fad you should follow? Are you tired of waking up every morning and wondering what you should eat? Are you tired of wondering what foods you “should” and “shouldn’t” eat?
Nowadays it seems like everywhere we turn, there’s a new food that we should add to our diets ASAP, or a new diet program that will help us drop 10 pounds in only a few short days. (You know what I’m talking about, right?)
With all this noise, how are we supposed to know what we should be eating? There are just so many choices! Do we start a juice cleanse? Buy a new paleo cookbook? Switch to gluten-free?
But the biggest question we have is, “What do I eat?"
A few months ago I stopped asking myself what I should be eating and focused on what made me feel good when I ate it. And not the type of good that only lasts a few second after I eat a certain type of food, but the type of good that makes me feel healthy, happy and full.
Whenever I ate packaged foods like chips or granola bars, I would always end up feeling bloated and kind of ‘meh’, so then I stopped buying and eating them.
The simple thing is this: You have to start listening to your body.
Once I started observing how my body reacted to certain foods, I realized that every time I consumed dairy, I got super bloated and always felt gross, so then I just stopped eating dairy!
So ask yourself: What foods make you feel bloated and less-than-stellar after you eat them? What foods put you in a bad mood? What foods put you in a good mood? What foods make you feel full yet still light after you eat them?
Using this listening-to-your-body thing, if it makes you happy eating a cookie then, by all means, eat that cookie! But if you start to feel bleh after two or three then maybe just stick to one as an occasional sweet treat for yourself.
What else can you do besides listening to your body?
1) Eat More Veggies
Veggies! Are! Good! For! Your! Beautiful! Body!
Sorry for all the exclamation points I just really wanted to get my point across. : D
But anyways, veggies are good for you!
For the longest time I didn’t like eating veggies raw. So instead, I’d just put them in a soup, or I’d steam them or stir fry them. However you prepare them, make veggies work for you!
Personally, I started eating veggies because there was this one time that I ate a salad for lunch and afterwards, I didn’t feel bloated or too full. On the contrary I felt light & like I had more energy!
So for me, I eat veggies because they give me energy and make my body feel healthy and strong.
2) Plan Your Meals
You can save so much time during the week if you know your plan ahead of time. So try this: take 20-30 minutes during the weekend and plan some meals. Maybe have a stir-fry Friday and a Soup-y Tuesday and a Curry Wednesday theme every week for dinner and then use leftovers for lunch or make a salad!
Are you a breakfast skipper? Find some quick things that you find delicious and make you feel good. Do you like toasted bagels in the morning? Are you a smoothie person? Do you like yogurt and fruit? Or maybe oatmeal and fruit?
Whatever it is, planning it in advance can help you save money (no more buying random grocery store things you’re not sure whether or not you need), it can help you save time (no standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out what’s for dinner!) and it can make you healthier (because if you have a healthy meal planned and all the stuff to make it, 9 times out of 10 you’re probably going to make it and eat the healthy food!).
3) Keep Your Favorites
Just because you’re adding new recipes to accommodate more veggies into your diet (like we discussed in number 1, right?), that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your favorite meals! If they make you happy and feel good, then they deserve a spot on your meal plan (like we discussed in number 2, right?)
4) Look For Short Labels
Personally, I no longer buy packaged foods, but I do try to look for short labels with understandable ingredients. If you’re going to be putting something into your body to help fuel it throughout the day and keep it strong, then make it some damn-good-for-you food!
5) Drink Water
I know, I know. You probably hear this 10 bajillion times (i know that’s not a real number but bear with me here) a day, but that’s because it’s true! Stay hydrated! You’ll feel better and your mind will be clearer. Trust me.