You always wanted a healthier diet but didn’t know exactly where and what to begin with? Or the whole idea of a healthy diet is scary because it implies leaving aside everything you ever liked in matter of food and just changing your life 100%? This is the topic that we are going to tackle today. How can it be possible to change your diet without giving up the foods you like and start walking towards a healthier lifestyle?

In order to do that, we’re going to take a look at what makes for a balanced diet, what kind of foods you need to eat, in what measure and what each is good for.

1. Proteins

These are good for supporting your mood and cognitive function and they also provide energy. It’s also good for keeping your immune system up-to-date and it can reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Where can you find proteins? In fish, and it is highly recommended to consume fish at least once or twice a week; dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yoghurts; beans, nuts, seeds and much more.

2. Fiber

Sources high in fiber can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, make your skin look better and they help you lose weight. You can get your daily intake of fiber from various sources such as:

Whole grains – cereals, whole-wheat pasta, rice, flaxseeds and much more

Fruits and vegetables – berries are very high in fiber; you can replace your desert with fruits, for instance; remember to eat the peel as well since peeling leads to eliminating certain fibers

3. Fat

Now there’s a good kind of fat and a bad kind. How can we make the difference? Good fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as peanut butter, olive oil, olives, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, soymilk, tofu and so on. Whereas bad fats are represented by products such as cookies, doughnuts, cakes pizza and so on.

4. Calcium

Calcium is something that almost any body part uses, one way or another, the nervous system, the muscles and the heart. The widely spread knowledge on calcium is that is helps our bones and teeth get strong. What sources of calcium can you find? Sources of calcium are yoghurt, cheese, milk, tofu, kale and much more.

5. Carbohydrates

This basically refers to the foods that everybody is telling us not to eat and that are truly bad for our health, such as fries, ice-cream cakes and so forth. However, there’s a possibility of replacing bad carbs with certain good ones. For instance, instead of eating white bread you can go for a whole-wheat bread.

These being said and now that we covered what our main categories are and why each is good or bad, what else can we actively do in order to move towards a healthier diet?

You can think about cooking at home more. A friend of mine just told me the other week that he noticed that there is no restaurant like home. And though it sounded cheesy at first, he was right. Because when we cook for ourselves we use the best ingredients, we pay attention to what we eat. Whereas if we buy cooked meals, we’ll never truly know what lies behind the cooking process.

Don’t give up on foods. When we imagine a healthy diet, in our mind it goes hand in hand with giving up on everything we like to eat. Well, you can cut back on the fast food part, but otherwise you should be able to eat normal and regular meals, without starving yourself. The point is in being able to cook non boring foods. Broccoli sounds boring? Although deep down you know it’s good for your health? Don’t be afraid to experiment and combine in the kitchen so that you will learn to actually want to eat broccoli.

Stop counting the calories and feeling guilty about eating. Instead of just adding up the calories and making yourself feel bad afterwards, try to just vary your diet, add a couple of new things, healthy choices so that even if you grab a snack it’s going to be on the green side!

I hope this helped you get a general idea on what a healthy diet should look like and that it doesn’t mean you have to give up on all your favorite foods or starve yourself. Try to go wild and find combinations that you actually like and a healthy diet will just become a normal lifestyle!

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