If your diet needs some work, these 3 tips will definitely help you fix your diet and get on the right track. Nothing crazy, just a few lifestyle changes to help you eat healthier and feel better.
The Revised Food Pyramid
The old food pyramid was very carb heavy (from grains). We now know that this is NOT the way to eat and that eating carbs in these high quantities leads to obesity (not what we want!). Nutrition Australia has released a healthy eating pyramid (see below). It focuses primarily on vegetables and fruit. I personally think that the grains and protein should be swapped around, but overall it is much better than the previous version.
Generally if you stick to this, and the majority of your foods come from vegetables and fruit, you will be in a MUCH better place and so far ahead of where you were previously.
Cut Out Gluten
I know this must sound a bit counter intuitive since I just said to follow the food pyramid, which contains grains. But it is fairly well known in the fitness and nutrition communities that gluten should be minimized as much as possible. Gluten causes your blood sugar levels to spike, which leads to fat storage and a greater chance of experiencing hunger pains and sugar cravings after a meal.
Gluten is also one of the most common food allergens. Eating allergens causes your body to produce the stress hormone cortisol, which also leads to fat storage. Try to avoid gluten as much as possible and see how much better you feel!
Increase Your Protein And Fiber Intake
Most females are deficient in both of these. Both of these have the highest thermic effect of food, meaning your body will use up more calories to digest these types of foods. Both are really great for keeping you feeling full for longer and will stop you from wanting to snack on the bad stuff. Fill your diet with lots of healthy sources of protein and fiber!
High protein foods include lean meats, eggs, nuts, protein powders, soy and dairy. High fiber foods include fruits, green vegetables, avocados, lentils, soy, chia seeds and other nuts and seeds.