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With Men’s health week just past, physical health is important for everyone to focus on regardless of gender identity. We’ve compiled simple ways to start implementing healthier foods into your diet!
Making easy, small swaps to your diet can lead to a healthier diet, and result in a multitude of benefits.
Benefits of eating healthy according to the CDC:
- May help you live longer
- Keeps skin, teeth, and eyes healthy
- Supports muscles
- Boosts immunity
- Strengthens bones
- Lowers risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers
- Supports healthy pregnancies and breastfeeding
- Helps the digestive system function
- Helps achieve and maintain a healthy weight
Eating healthy can also have positive effects on your mental health. Numerous studies have been conducted to show a link between healthy eating and an increase in mental health.
Easy Food Swaps For You:
Eat nuts instead of Chips
Eat breakfast around eggs, not meat.
Swap sour cream for Greek yogurt
Use olive oil spray for cooking instead of olive oil
Swap dressing and condiments for light or sugar-free options
Swap Steel Cut Oatmeal for Instant Oatmeal
Try out noodle substitutes such as zucchini, squash, quinoa pasta, and rice pasta.
Try using chickpea flatbread instead of regular dough for pizzas
Eat veggies and hummus before diving into sweets
Swap sweet snack mixes for popcorn
Eat smaller portions
Eliminate sugary soda with seltzers or flavored water
Eating a well-balanced diet is extremely important to provide your body with the right nutrients. What’s most important is finding a diet that works for you. Don’t restrict yourself, enjoy the foods you like, just try some of these swaps whenever possible.
Focus on eating whole foods, and make your dishes with the appropriate ratio of carbs, fats, and protein.
Below are a few options of what a balanced plate can look like:
If you struggle with getting in veggies or fruits, try making smoothies packed full of fruit and veggies. You can even add protein to your shakes to get more protein into your diet!