Tips for Building a Better Diet
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. In a previous article on 'The Practice of Eating Well for Transformational Wellness', we talked about how important it is to really connect with your food. Food shouldn't be an afterthought to our daily lives— it's the fuel that drives our bodies and makes us who we are. That means we have to move beyond looking at food as a bare minimum requirement and start putting more effort into building better, healthier diets. Here are a few quick and easy tips on how to do just that.
Changing your diet for the better can be something that makes many people hesitate, and a chief concern is cost. When people think of eating healthier, they think of going organic, which can sometimes be pricier and more difficult to do. But it isn't actually that hard, and one way to get around this barrier is to simply buy local.
The Food Revolution Networks states that buying local is healthier, and can actually be safer than simply picking up something from the local supermarket chain. Locally grown food has been found to contain more nutrients thanks to seasonally appropriate harvesting, and contains fewer pesticides and other harmful chemicals. It's also better for the environment, ensuring a safe home both in your body and outside of it.
Learn to Experiment
Worried that eating healthier is going to take up more of your time? Don't be. Sometimes the biggest hurdle is mental. We have this idea that new food and new recipes will take time to learn, so we end up falling back on old habits. However, if you do a little bit of digging you'll find that making healthier meals really isn't that hard.
Eat Well 101 has compiled a list of low effort healthy recipes that anyone can master. Many of these recipes are fairly simple, and use only a handful of ingredients with no need for fancy skills and equipment. Opening yourself up to experimentation can lead to a whole new world of delicious, healthy food that can keep you full and happy.
Don't Fear Supplements
Another reason why people choose not to go healthy is because they just don't have the time or space to do it. This is pretty understandable — after all, it can be hard to put together a nutritionally balanced meal every mealtime. Sometimes things like work, life, and budget can get in the way.
Luckily, this is something that can be overcome with a little help. Comprehensive supplement blends like Brightcore's TrueFood are a great way to get all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need all in one go. Supplements are easy to fit into mealtimes, and can be used to patch up "holes" in your diet. If you're always on the go and don't have the time to prep regular, healthy meals, then there's no shame in going for a little boost.
Find What Fits
Finally, the best thing you can do for your diet is to simply find what fits for you. A lot of people see eating healthier as something complex and expensive, but it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are ways to eat healthy that are appropriate for your lifestyle, budget, and environment— you just need to do a little digging to find them.
One of the best places to start is the book ‘How to Be Well’ by Dr. Frank Lipman. It offers clear, doable advice on how to improve your diet and your lifestyle. Rather than asking you to completely transform your life and habits, it offers 100 simple steps that you can pick and choose from to find the solution that best works for you. Definitely give it a read if you're not sure where to go on the path to healthiness.