How to Clean up Your Diet in 5 Weeks
How to Clean up Your Diet in 5 weeks.
A lot of people subscribe to the notion that you must make drastic changes and restrict your entire diet to see results. By making manageable consistent changes, you can improve your overall health. Here are my best tips to clean up your diet in only 5 weeks.
Replace drinking soda and sugary drinks with a healthy alternative. Low sugar options to consider are unsweetened coffee or green tea. Fruit-infused waters are also tasty. Try adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or oranges to plain water.
Stop eating fast food. The items on the menu are not very nutritious. You may not be getting the necessary fiber intake, minerals, and vitamins that your body needs to function properly. Planning ahead is the key to avoiding the fast-food cycle. Meal prepping is great to help on those days you don’t have the time or energy to cook. You can batch cook a few healthy meals to store in the freezer for those days you are short on time. I suggest preparing a more substantial portion of brown rice, a few veggies, and one or two lean proteins to have ready to mix and match during the week I have a lot of great recipes and tips in my Premier 31 day Healthy Eating Guide here.
Give up white bread and grains. Switch to more nutrient-rich alternatives such as quinoa, wild rice, and whole grains. In white bread, the bran and the germ are removed and then “fortified” with additional vitamins. It does seem ironic that what nature provided, is removed, and then added back in later in the processing plant. Stick to grains in their purest natural form, and you will be much better off.
Add REAL fruits and veggies to every meal. Yes, every meal. There are so many great ways to incorporate these into every meal. If you are making a smoothie, you can add in raw zucchini, cauliflower, or squash. Trust me when I say your smoothie won’t taste like cauliflower. I like to keep these vegetables pre-portioned out in the freezer to quickly add-in. A bonus is you don’t need to add ice to your smoothie because the frozen vegetables add a creamy ice cream consistency. Try mixing in pureed vegetables into your burgers. This is another excellent way to up the nutritional content.
5. Switch out your regular snacks to fruit and veggies. I don’t believe in an all or nothing approach to eating healthy. Sometimes you just want chips, but a few times a week, try replacing that bag of chips for an apple with nut butter. Cut up carrots, celery, and cucumber slices. Try eating cut up carrots, celery, and cucumber slices with a tablespoon or two of hummus.