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Eating healthier can work the same way. If you try to make too many changes at once, you can get overwhelmed and you are more likely to give up. Instead you can make little adjustments to your diet which just may motivate you to make more little changes.
Here are a few to get you started.
1. Switch soda or other flavored drinks to 100% juice or tea.
Kool-Aid, soda, and other artificially flavored beverages are full of chemicals, dyes, and preservatives and may increase your risk of type II diabetes and obesity. Drinking 100% juice in moderation and iced tea adds vitamins and antioxidants to your diet.
2. Switch from canned to frozen or fresh fruits and veggies.
Canned vegetables have less nutrients in them than frozen or fresh. If you do use canned fruit, make sure it is packed in juice, not syrup. Choose unsweetened natural applesauce over flavored applesauce with sugar.
3. Switch from white to brown (rice, grains).
Choosing whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat adds fiber to your diet. It may also decrease your risk for many diseases like heart disease and type II diabetes.
4. Switch from white or red potatoes to sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are similar in nutritional value as white potatoes, but they have more antioxidants and may help with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
5. Switch from fast food to fast food at home.
Eating fast food even two times a week can increase your chances of developing insulin resistance (diabetes). Keep a few bagged meals in your freezer for those times you don't feel like cooking or don't have time. Many freezer meals are lower in fats and calories than take out and they are less expensive.
6. Switch from processed foods to whole foods.
7. Switch from candy to dried fruits.
No matter what your diet, you will probably start craving sweets at some point. Most dried fruits are high in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Avoid dried fruits that have added sugar.
What change are you going to make? Have you already started? Which one is the easiest or the hardest for you and your family?