Are you someone who always resolves for including better nutrition in his diet but never follows? One or the other reason makes you slip up and you are back to your old ways. One of the main reasons for this is setting the nutrition goals too high. It would be advisable to chalk out a plan which has some simple steps first and gradually leads you towards better fitness. It’s all about getting yourself used to a good state of health, brought about by eating nutritious food, so that you naturally do not go back to your wasteful eating habits.
Tips for Easy Nutrition Resolutions
- Do not diet a lot – Dieting a lot is not going to help you lose weight. On the contrary, too much dieting can lead to putting on more weight than earlier after the dieting is stopped. It is much better to make some changes in your lifestyle that help you lose weight healthily.
- According to Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, people looking to lose weight should try to find out the habits that make them eat more, and try to work out a solution. For example some people have the habit of eating unhealthy foods because they keep a stock full of it in their home. There are some who are social eaters, i.e. eat in the company of their friends. These people would be benefitted if they stacked their home with healthy food stuffs every week and planned events with friends where eating is not involved.
- Have fruits and vegetables with every meal – Having a dark green vegetable along with orange daily is most beneficial as a nutritive meal. This has been suggested by Health Canada. They reason that green leafy vegetables have folate which is good for your heart and helpful in preventing birth defects, and orange has vitamin A which is important for protection from infection.
- Make interesting recipes to include the fruits and vegetables in your meals. Your breakfast can consist of a concoction made from frozen mangoes, papaya, melons and orange juice. Make salads with green leafy veggies like spinach or soup with Swiss chard. Combinations or solo recipes of broccoli, sweet potatoes or Brussels sprout should also be tried.
- Having whole grains full of fibre is very helpful in maintaining a balanced weight. Brown rice, buckwheat, millet, amarnath, bulgur, whole oats, whole grain of wheat, quinoa and whole rye are some fibrous whole grain that you should try. They keep you full without increasing your weight.
- Health Canada has recommended that one should strictly try to be vegetarian for at least one day a week. You can try some meat alternatives as much as possible. Nuts, beans, tofu, lentils and seeds are protein rich, inexpensive substitute of meat.
- People who have lost weight once know how to do it again if they happen to gain it later. So you just need to do it once and with a regular schedule of exercise with health diets, you can get back in shape. This is the opinion of Anne Fletcher, MS, RD who is the author of Thin for Life series of books.
- Susan Moores, MS, RD is a nutrition consultant in Minnesota. She says that getting adequate sleep has a positive impact on your eating habits. So, get proper rest, sleep well and stay fit !