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Six Tips for an Easy, Delicious
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By Elliot Caleira

Whether you're working on your sustainability efforts or you're desiring to live a healthier lifestyle, it's always important to take a closer look at your diet. If you're intimidated by the idea of committing to a specific diet, understand that you don't have to. However, you can become very intentional about your eating habits as your habits can impact your overall wellbeing. Make it gradual by implementing easy tricks that can improve your diet. Start with these six, and build from there...

  1. Choose one day to go completely meat-free.
    There are many studies that link meat consumption to heart disease, diabetes and other deadly diseases. However, there are many people who still love chicken, fish and beef. Instead of completely cutting meat out, pick one or two days each week where you don't eat any meat. Once you prepare plant-based meals well, you'll realize that you're not missing out on anything. Plus, you'll reap the benefits of increased nutritional impact. If you're someone who prefers convenience over everything else, you can get whole food plant based meal delivered right to your front door. It doesn't get much easier than that.
  2. Carry a large water bottle with you on a daily basis.
    Oftentimes, people eat or snack on foods when they're actually thirsty. In order to remain satiated for a longer period of time, it's best to make sure you're hydrated. Find a water bottle that's large enough to carry 30 ounces of water. Fill it up two times throughout the day. If you sip on the water throughout the day, it'll help you with digestion, clarity and energy.
  3. Pack delicious snacks for the road.
    Don't make the mistake of sitting in the drive-thru line of the fast food restaurants. Instead, pack healthy snacks that you can enjoy when you're stuck in traffic or in between errands. If you love to mix savory and sweet flavors, consider packing string cheese, a small packet of crackers and fruit. If you must have a piece of candy, pack dark chocolate. When you choose these options, you'll curb any cravings, save money and maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Prepare your meals at the beginning of the week.
    Too many people get into trouble because they don't take the time to plan their meals. Set aside two times each week to plan and prepare meals. You can choose to do one session on Sunday before the week begins. Then, you can do an additional session on Wednesday in order to get over the midweek hump. When you plan your portions and make delicious meals, you're more likely to stick with your dietary goals.
  5. Include raw fruits and vegetables with each meal.
    With every single meal, make sure that you're incorporating raw foods. Raw foods are incredible because they're in their purest form. This means that they're the most nutritionally beneficial in this state. Yes, it's fine to incorporate cooked vegetables as well. However, make sure there is a raw option on your plate. For breakfast, top your oatmeal with fresh fruits like blueberries or bananas. At lunchtime, enjoy a side salad along with your sandwich. For dinner, cut up some carrots and cucumbers to dip in some hummus as a side dish.
  6. Cut your portions in half.
    When you go to an incredible restaurant to order your favorite dish, take a look at the calories. Most restaurants provide the caloric intake on their menus. If you're not careful, you could blindly consume a day's worth of calories in one meal. If you have to have that particular dish, ask for a to-go container along with your meal. Once the meal comes, immediately place half of the entree in the container. You'll be able to cut your calories in half, enjoy your favorite meal at a later time and remain conscious of what you're consuming.

As you can see, these tips don't involve total restriction. In fact, you can still enjoy the foods you really love. It's all about making sure you keep everything in perspective to curb cravings and get the nutrition your body desperately needs. With these six tips as your foundation, you'll be well on your way to optimal health.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.

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