are 10 unbelievably easy to follow tips to become healthy.
1. Eat breakfast
You already know it’s the most important meal of the day—it jumpstarts your metabolism, delivers sustained energy and can help keep cravings in check. Sorry, doughnut lovers, but all breakfasts are not created equal. To put your best nutritional foot forward, the star players are protein and fiber. In a University of Missouri study, women who ate a 300-calorie, high-protein breakfast, including eggs, experienced less hunger throughout the morning and consumed fewer calories at lunch compared to those who ate a low-protein breakfast or none at all. When you don’t have time to scramble eggs in the am, opt for oatmeal. After eating a bowl of oatmeal, the participants felt fuller longer, as compared to when they downed the same number of calories from cold cereal and milk.
2. Put whole foods front and centre.
Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and dairy is the surest way to consume a wide variety of important nutrients your body needs. “These are the foods that make up a balanced diet, prevent disease and give you the lasting energy you’re looking for,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, Director and owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants in New York City.
3. Make friends with healthy fats.
Unsaturated fats such as those found in olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds can reduce your cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. A recent study in the journal, Plos One found that people who ate tree nuts—almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios—were less likely to be obese than those who didn’t. But, because nuts can also be high in calories, just have about a handful a day.
4. Pick the right packaged foods.
Eating a predominantly whole-foods diet doesn’t have to mean swearing off packaged foods entirely. Processed isn’t always a negative word, and as long as you read nutrition labels, you can identify processed foods that are actually really good for you, says Taub-Dix. Scan nutrition labels to ensure that foods you choose contain some fibre and protein—to help keep you full—and very little sugar and sodium. Check the ingredients, and if the words partially hydrogenated oil appear, place it back on the shelf because it means the food contains artery-clogging transfats.