5 Easy Tips For a More Nutritious Diet

March 19, 2019

A healthier heart. A healthier brain. Increased energy. There are many advantages to developing and maintaining a more nutritious diet. And improved nutrition will positively affect your mood, your behavior, your productivity and even your sleep cycle!

March is National Nutrition Month. In honor of this observance, here are a few small steps you can share with employees and encourage them to take toward better nutrition.

Improve your diet

Eat a healthy breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So why would you ever skip it? One study found that nearly 40 percent of Americans typically skip breakfast on a daily basis, despite many studies showing that those who eat breakfast are healthier.

Take time for breakfast each morning. Make sure yours is packed with fruits and/or vegetables, plus plenty of protein to supply your body and mind with the energy it needs to your work day right. Eggs, oatmeal and smoothies are just a few recommended breakfast options.

Reduce sugar intake

Sugar is everywhere in the American diet! It appears in heavy doses in foods that may surprise you. And the sugar you consume has consequences on your brain, teeth and liver (to name a few).

There are some simple ways you can reduce your sugar intake, including:

  • Opting for sugar-free beverages or drinking more water.
  • Eating fruit for dessert instead of cookies or cake.
  • Limiting your use of condiments.

Consume more healthy oils

Trans fats are a real threat to your cholesterol, since they reduce your “good” cholesterol while increasing your “bad” cholesterol. Most trans fats are formed in the production of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is used in a variety of foods. Cut down on your trans fat intake by cooking and choosing food that’s prepared with grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil.

Switch to whole grains

Did you know that, simply by choosing whole grains whenever possible, you can improve your mortality rate by 15 percent? A whole grain-based diet reduces your risk for heart disease, cuts your cholesterol levels, trims your cancer risk and has a number of other positive impacts on your life. Common examples of whole grains are barley, brown rice, oatmeal, popcorn and whole-wheat bread. 

Stay on the perimeter

At the core of any healthy lifestyle is choosing fresh food over its processed counterpart. For many, that means grocery shopping along the perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where you’re more likely to find fruit, vegetable and meat, and that’s where you’re less likely to find foods packed with additives and sugar.

Interested in more ways to stay well this year? Check out our blog post to to learn five ways businesses can encourage their employees to be healthy with an effective wellness program.

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