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7 Ways to Eat Healthier Without Changing Your Habits

7 Ways to Eat Healthier Without Changing Your Habits

Unless you spent the last few years outside of our solar system, you must have realized how our Western diet is causing an epidemic of obesity, along with other negative impacts on our health.

We all know we should exercise and eat healthy foods, but with today’s busy schedules, many people find it incredibly hard to take proper care of their diet. Too often, we end up with take-away fast food or random snacks from the vending machine.

Even if you can’t change your eating habits completely, you can make a few smart choices to get you started in moving towards eating better and more nutritious food.
We have listed seven easy decisions that you can make without committing to changing your eating habits; seven decisions that have a positive impact on your health, and overall well-being:

1. Replace juice from concentrate by fresh juice

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    If you buy juice from the grocery store, look in the fridges for the juice that is not made from concentrate. You will give yourself more vitamins and nutrients, and thus more energy by making this choice. Keep in mind that fresh juice lasts between 3 days (when containing berries) to a maximum 1 week (fresh orange juice) in your fridge.

    2. Ditch the sugary breakfast

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      When buying your breakfast cereal, turn the package around and quickly check the ingredients. If sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or a similar sweetener are among the first ingredients, don’t buy it. Try a cereal with more grains and less sugar instead.
      If you usually buy pre-packaged oatmeal, note that these contain lots of sugar and artificial flavoring as well. Buy regular oats, and add your own honey, cinnamon, raisins, nuts, etc. to it.

      3. Bring your own snacks to the office

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        Make sure you have something to snack on in your office, so that you can avoid expensive and unhealthy snacks from the vending machine. When shopping at the grocery store, simply get yourself some healthy items, and then store them in your office for whenever you need it. Fruits, nuts, dried fruits and baby carrots make great and energizing snacks to take to work.

        4. Bring your own lunch

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          Cook a little bit extra at dinner and take the leftovers to work for lunch. If you can’t heat food at your workplace, try to bring your own salad instead. Preparing a salad for the next day at home does not take more than 5 minutes: just toss some lettuce, raw veggies and a few toppings such as eggs, cheese, meat, or fish into a container. Don’t chop your tomato as it will make the lettuce soggy, and if you want to use dressing, take it in a separate little container.

          5. Make a batch of soup

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            A cup of soup before your meals tastes great, especially in the cold winter months. It also helps to fill you up before you reach out for the more caloric-rich foods on your dinner plate, and gives you an extra serving of vegetables.

            Soup lasts about a week when stored in a cool place (basement or fridge), and you can also freeze a few servings of your favorite soup.

            6. Check the labels of products

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              At the grocery store, make it a habit to turn your favourite products around so you can quickly look at the labels to check the ingredients. Use your common sense – if it contains ingredients that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food, then don’t put it in your mouth. Try to find a different option to replace your Frankenstein-food of preference.

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              7. Leave out the meat

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                A few times a week, skip the meat portion from your dinner plate and get an extra serving of vegetables instead. You will learn to appreciate different types of vegetables and ease your palate into recipes that contain more veggies and less meat. This tip will not only make your body happy, but also our planet, as the carbon footprint associated with eating meat is very large.

                Which easy and healthy choices do you make in your daily life? Have these helped you with easing into a better and healthier diet?

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                Eva is a university professor and a professional structural engineer. She writes about achieving excellence and success in life on Lifehack.

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                Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                What should I do today? No ideas?

                Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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