Eating healthier is something that truck drivers often think about and with the New Year’s Resolutions hot on heals, a lot of us have probably put this on our list. Eating healthier doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little planning you can make drastic changes to your eating habits, lose some weight and feel better.
There is no need for fad diets or starvation, simply making some better choices will have a huge impact on your health. Here are three changes you can make to your eating habits that will help you reach your goal. The best way to make these three changes a permanent lifestyle change is to implement them slowly. Tackle one a time and make small changes to your diet until reaching for carrots instead of chocolate becomes the norm.
Eat Less Highly Processed Foods
These are usually packed in boxes, cans or bags and have a long list of ingredients. Actually the longer the ingredient list, the more processed the food it likely to be. The most common processed foods are:
- breakfast cereals
- tinned vegetables
- savory snacks, such as chips
- microwave or ready meals
To ensure the products longevity, fats, sugars and salts are added to these products. Cutting the amount of highly processed foods you consume will offer a huge benefit to your diet because you’ll be eating less saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and salt.
The more you can stick to whole foods: fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meat, fish, beans and whole grains the better.
Cut the Pop
While pop is one of those highly processed foods that you should be avoiding, it warrants it’s own section. Pop is loaded with sugar and calories and many people don’t even realize how many calories they are drinking in a day. One litre of pop can have up to 500 calories. While switching to diet soda is the lesser of two evils it’s still highly processed and should be cut from your diet.
Try switching out your pop intake for water and you’ll notice almost immediate improvements to your health and waistline.
Eat More Vegetables and Fruits
Avoiding all those highly processed foods is going to leave your tummy grumbling. Replacing all the sugary, salty quick to grab snacks, sides and sometimes meals with vegetables and fruits is going to provide huge benefits to your diet.
Both offer a lot of choices that are low in calories and provide numerous health benefits. Vegetables and fruits provide us with important nutrients including vitamins, minerals and fibre.
By making these three changes to your diet you’ll fill up faster, fuel your body, eat healthier and have more energy. Remember to make the changes gradually so that they can become a part of your regular daily lifestyle. Before you know it you’ll see the benefits these changes can make.