Published at Sunday, July 21st 2019, 12:50:19 PM. Health News. By St1ffM.
Tip #4: Make it a goal to eat at least one piece of raw fruit or a handful of raw vegetables every day.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but even if we're eating plenty of fresh vegetables, many times we don't always get fresh raw produce in our diets, which means we're really missing out! Some days, you probably get plenty of fresh raw fruits and vegetables, but there are probably plenty of days when you have absolutely none at all.
Try to eat an apple first thing in the morning to get it out of the way. Or keep baby carrots on hand for snacking, and include a raw green salad with your lunch every day.
Tip #5: Reduce your refined sugar intake.
I've got as much of a sweet tooth as anybody, but I try to keep it under control by using such sugar replacers as brown rice syrup, stevia, and agave nectar whenever possible (such as in coffee and tea) and indulging in the refined stuff only occasionally.
Similarly, try to avoid processed foods which contain high fructose corn syrup. If you start reading labels, you might be absolutely shocked to find out that this highly processed sugary junk gets slipped into nearly everything, from things that should be healthy - like whole-grain bread and even hummus - to nearly everything that comes in a bottle, including barbecue sauce and salad dressings.
Tip #6: Keep your favorite salad dressings on hand.
You're much more likely to eat your greens or some raw veggies when your favorite salad dressings are in the fridge. A little variety is great too--try to keep at least two kinds, either store-bought or homemade on hand at all times. Some favorites are homemade goddess dressing, Thai peanut sauce from my local Asian grocer and raspberry vinaigrette. A vegan ranch dressing is helpful as well when trying to wean yourself off dairy.
Tip #7: Eat the rainbow!
Fruits and vegetables all contain different nutrients. A simple way to remember to eat a range of vitamins and minerals is to vary the colors of the fruits and vegetables you eat. Of course, greens are always good, but try eating a rainbow of tomatoes, yellow squash, and purple cabbage!
This is one thing I often have to remind myself of, as I often get into food ruts or habits. I make my green salads nearly the same way all the time, but really should be mixing it up. Thinly sliced leeks, chopped boiled beets, bell peppers of all colors and shredded carrots are great to toss into the mix.