Many of us have on-the-go lifestyles, and eating right isn’t always the first thing on our minds during meals. Although we may not eat all the right foods, we can still become healthier by cutting out a handful of the wrong foods. These five items have limited to no nutritional value for the body and aren’t worth the health woes and regrets they may bring. Cutting these five foods from your diet today will make for a healthier you!
There are no ingredients that are good for your body in soda—not even diet! Drinking this chemical and sugar concoction is just plain bad for you. If you must drink soda, trying cutting back to one can per week, then maybe one can every other week and so on. Replace your soda habit with unsweetened iced tea or flavored water if plain water is too boring for your taste buds. If there is one item you ever cut completely from your diet, it should be soda.
There are so many healthier options than dull white bread! Sure it may have been your childhood fave, but it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Aim for whole wheat and multi-grain choices next time you order a sandwich at a restaurant or go grocery shopping. Make your carbs work for your body by searching for brands with fiber and low sugar.
Chips & Fries
Salt, fat and more salt do not make for a healthy body. Instead of ordering these foods as sides and mindlessly snacking on them, try other options. Swap chips for popcorn or pretzels when you are snacking at home while binging on Netflix. The next time you go out for dinner, swap those regular fries for sweet potato fries or even skip the side of fries all together. Avoid these empty calories at all costs!
Cutting out red meat is easier said than done for most. However, even cutting back to only two to three servings a week of this food will do your body good. Eating excessive amounts of red meat has been linked to heart disease, so there’s no need for that cheeseburger at noon every day. Try poultry and fish for other sources of good, lean protein.
Cookies, candies, cakes, etc.
Some say sugar is the devil. That might be a bit overboard, but since we are all guaranteed to indulge our sweet tooth now and then maybe cutting back is the key with this item, too. Try eating more fruit to curb sugar cravings, or treat yourself to dark chocolate only. Small amounts of dark chocolate are actually good for your heart, help control blood sugar, and contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle. It’s time to cut out the calories that don’t work for your body and replace these items with nutrient rich foods. What will you cut out first? Let us know in the comments!