7 diet changes for a healthier you this year!

Diet changesIt’s the start of 2014 so make your body feel better by following simple diet changes. From detaching yourself from tea or coffee to drinking plenty of water one can try a few things to achieve that glow on your face. 

According to nutritionist Ilona Wesle, detoxing has many benefits. It can enhance your energy levels, aid weight loss, clear the skin and improve digestion, reports femalefirst.co.uk. 

Here are some diet tips to make you healthy:

Avoid black tea, coffee and alcohol

Instead drink herbal tea, for example nettle is great at supporting the kidneys. Green tea has many antioxidants and polyphenols that are extremely good for you. (Read: A cup of hot chai for good health!)

Drink at least 1 liter of water per day

Keep a bottle by your desk and sip regularly. However, people in different professions have different needs and if you have a moderately active job where there is loss of sweat, it is advisable that you drink at least 3 litres of water per day.

Drink fresh juices

For instance, you can make juice out of carrot, beetroot, apple and cucumber as they are fantastically nourishing and cleansing. However, make sure you don’t add too much sugar in it as that can cause problems of its own.

Avoid processed foods like instant meals, savoury snacks and biscuits.

Instead eat food in its natural state. Cook it by steaming, lightly boiling or poaching – this way you will keep most of the nutritious goodness in the food (and retain the full flavour).  (Read: 10 food habits you should change for your health’s sake!)

Choose organic food in order to minimise your intake of toxic pesticides.

Even if you can’t make every item organic, do the best you can – it will make a difference. Depending on the toxicity of the pesticide, they can cause several problems like birth defects, nerve damage and even cancer.

Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day

At lunchtime and for dinner, aim to cover at least 60 percent of your plate with vegetables and eat as much variety as possible.  Most fruits and vegetables have several health benefits ranging from reduced cholesterol to improved immunity.

Reduce your consumption of animal products

Avoid dairy and replace milk with soya or nut milks. Lentils, beans, quinoa, seeds and nuts are good protein alternatives. (Read: Vegan diet: Yes, it’s possible to get protein without animal cruelty)

With inputs from IANS

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