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Small Steps to Big Lifestyle Changes
Eating healthy does not mean that you are on a diet. Diets tend to make you feel as though you are “missing out” on all the tasty foods in life. This then makes the likelihood of your diet succeeding very slim. To refer to a diet as a lifestyle change usually has a more positive effect on the decisions you make when it comes to the food and drink you put into your body. A lifestyle change allows for mistakes, whereas cheating on your diet merely makes you feel discouraged and causes you to develop a bad relationship with food.
There are a number of ways in which you can make healthier eating choices.
1. Breakfast
This is something that you may already know: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As simple as it may seem, having breakfast helps to kick-start your metabolism, gives you energy and improves concentration. Oats is always a great way to start your day, however, try to avoid instant oats as they do not contain many nutrients. On the other hand, muesli and yogurt could be a good alternative to cereal. Add some fruit and honey to your muesli or your oats in order to sweeten it up and add substance to your meal.
2. Hydration
A big portion of our bodies is made of water. Without water, we cannot perform the most basic functions. Still, for many, there is nothing more boring than the taste of water. An easy way to make water more palatable is to add fruit. The more fruits you put into your water the greater the health benefits. Just add a few pieces of the fruits you like and let the water do the rest.
3. Good Carbs
We all know that some carbs are bad. White rice, white bread, sugar, pastries… they all can cause water retention, bloating and even high cholesterol. The good carbs are a different story altogether. They increase your energy levels and keep you full for a lengthy period of time so that you don’t feel the need to constantly snack and nibble on unhealthier foods. Examples of good carbs are whole grains and foods made from them; starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkin; green vegetables; and beans, lentils and peas.
 Muesli and oats
4. Salad
Because salads need substance in order to keep you full throughout the day, make your salad heartier by adding some carbs and proteins. Butternut and sweet potato are always good options when it comes to good carbs. For protein, you can add a range of different foods; chicken will always remain popular while steak, tofu (along with other meat alternatives) are less popular, but should still be considered. You can also add nuts, seeds, sprouts, and berries.
5. Soup
Soup is the heartiest and the simplest way to get a huge amount of nutrients with little effort. Putting everything into a pot and letting it stew for a few hours is not hard at all, and once all the ingredients are soft and seasoned just put everything into a blender that you can get on bidorbuy and voilà - you have a smooth hearty soup that will keep you full all day. Also, you can have as much as you want without worrying about unwanted weight gain.
6. Planning, Planning, and Planning!
The more you plan your meals, the better. When you plan out your meals, you are more likely to make good choices and less likely to deviate from your healthy eating resolution. Depending on what is easier for you, you can either plan your meals weekly or you can plan them the day before. You can also create a food diary, which is a good way to keep track of what and how much you have been eating.
It is important to remember that you should never feel the need to change your eating habits too drastically and too quickly, as you may not be able to stick to it. If you change the way you eat on a progressive basis, you will be more likely to succeed in the long run. You must also remember that you cannot expect to see results immediately. Every person is different and will experience a lifestyle change differently. 

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