By Natalie Canizares, Body, Mind, Green
The truth is, eating healthier can be quite simple! Making a few upgrades to your daily staples can make all the difference.
1. Cook with coconut oil.
Coconut oil may be a bit more expensive than your common vegetable oil but those few extra dollars are worth it. Because of its unique makeup, coconut oil can help your body burn fat more effectively and it can help keep your appetite under control. It can also help protect your body from harmful pathogens and even help prevent some infections.
2. Use pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt.
While you might be used to looking at salt as something that is “bad” for you, Himalayan salt is quite the opposite. This pink salt contains 84 minerals and other important bio compounds, along with quite a few other health benefits. Himalayan salt can help balance blood sugar and can even improve your sleeping patterns.
3. Bring eggs back to your breakfast plate.
Breakfasts high in sugar, like smoothies, have been pretty popular lately. Smoothies are great and they definitely have their place in a healthy diet but try starting your day with a high protein, low sugar breakfast. Eggs are high in protein and also contain a great deal of vitamins and minerals. Unlike a sweet breakfast, eating eggs will not spike your blood sugar therefore you will stay fuller longer.
4. Swap out one cup of coffee a day for tea.
You don’t need to give up coffee for good, just simply to replace one cup of day with an herbal tea. Drinking less coffee can lower stress, help your body respond more efficiently to blood sugar and help eliminate digestive discomfort such as heartburn.
5. Add more dark leafy greens.
Instead of focusing on what to eliminate from your diet, simply add more of what you know is good. Eating more dark leafy greens such as kale is a great way to upgrade your diet. Kale is high in fiber, iron and antioxidants. Adding kale to your plate will help you fill up on something that is great for you.
Reprinted courtesy Mind, Body Green
Natalie Canizares is an Institute of Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach and Wellness Expert. Natalie wants to live in a world where we are all nourishing our bodies instead of fearing food. She started BeautifullyBalancedDiet.com to share healthy living tips, recipes, and insights. Through her Health Coaching Natalie empowers people to truly nourish their bodies by learning how to tune into themselves.