Ahh, girl troubles never seem to end! Many of us are obsessed with how we look, how much weight we have put on; we get stressed about the way our hair looks in the morning or we get crazy if we notice black circles under our eyes.
Well, the good thing is that many things we find troubling can be solved through an adequate diet. Our choice of food greatly affects the way we look and feel. It’s about time you get ahead of all those potential worries and do something truly great for your body.
Cook More at Home
No one says you should threaten the popularity of Jamie Oliver but learning how to make a few simple meals will make a great change. Cooking isn’t that complex at all – most of the meals are based on a few simple rules. All you have to do is change a couple of ingredients and you’ll have a fresh, whole food meal for the next few days.
When cooking at home, you’ll have a better insight into what you put onto your plate. It’s easier to control the amount and the type of ingredients included in every dish.
Every now and then, you’ll find yourself in a rush. And when that happens, you need to make sure there’s something healthy already prepared in the fridge.
Assign one day of the week when you’ll go shopping for groceries and ingredients sufficient for the following week. You don’t want to open the fridge in the middle of meal preparation, only to find that you’re missing something. It could instantaneously send you on the wrong path – you’ll reach for something fatty, quick and processed.
You should also make a meal or two that you can easily freeze. That way, when you feel you don’t have the time or will to prepare a healthy snack, simply unfreeze what you already have in the kitchen.
Organize Your Cupboards
Don’t count only on your willpower. You know what girls can be like – we’re watching a sad movie or we’re feeling blue because it’s “one of those days” of the month. And we automatically want to comfort ourselves with something sugary or salty. Well, don’t allow yourself to end up rummaging through the cupboards in search of chocolate or chips. Get rid of all unhealthy food from your kitchen. Only buy them for a special occasion – don’t try to justify yourself by saying other members of the family want it within their reach. If it’s bad for you – it’s also bad for them. Get high protein snacks and keep them close. They will keep you full but will also satisfy your need for something tasty.
Pay Attention to the Labels
How can you know if a specific food is good for you? Well, you need to avoid processed foods as much as possible. A way of identifying it is to look at the label on the product in a store. Tomatoes won’t have any labels on it, meaning they are completely “clean”. On the other hand, a bag of chips or will have a few lines of ingredients, meaning it’s highly processed.
You don’t have to eliminate processed food completely – simply choose the products whose label doesn’t have as many complex ingredients (for example, artificial flavors, stabilizers, hydrogenated oils, refined sugar and preservatives).
Gradually Adjust Your Taste Buds
You probably like strong flavors, whether it’s something salty, sweet or sour. Most of us also enjoy fatty food because it tastes delicious. The initial problem with changing your diet will be the differences in how your meals taste. Additives are what makes food taste strong and delicious, so you’ll need some time to adjust your taste buds to simpler and milder flavors.
For example, maybe you will find the flavor of brown rice completely bland. For starters, mix it with white rice to keep most of the taste you’re accustomed to and then gradually cut out white rice from your meals. Do the same thing with every other ingredient you find tasteless. It can take up to 12 weeks for your taste buds to adapt to new flavors. In time, dark chocolate will improve your mood when you need it just as much regular, processed chocolate used to do it.
Very soon, you’ll feel the mental benefits of the new diet – your mood will improve because healthy food is what makes us energized and happy. In the long run, you’ll notice positive physical changes, too. And it won’t take long before you’re looking yourself in the mirror with a big smile on your face.