Whenever we think of diet, we think “Oh, great, what do I need to cut down on now?” How about instead of thinking about what you can cut out, you start thinking of what you can add?
First, nearly all (if not all) diets support vegetables. Many of us growing up probably remember being told we have to eat our vegies, and for those of us who are parents, we are still telling kids to eat their vegetables. Sometimes as adults, we don’t want to cook them, so what can we grab that’s really fast? There is a lot. Baby carrots can be eaten right out of the bag. A head of broccoli or a head of cauliflower can be cut up for something to snack on and grab all day. Sticks of celery are good finger food too. If you have a little more time, you can add peanut butter and raisons to that celery. With all of this, a vegetarian has a lot to eat, or a vegan. The South Beach Diet and the Akins Diet support meat, but they support vegetables too.
Other quick vegetables you can have are sliced cucumbers or cherry tomatoes. If you want to eat a whole tomato, you can do that also. One diet suggests that you can add olive oil to your vegetables for more flavor. The oil goes well on raw cucumbers and tomatoes. Often, we are told to cut salad dressing when we decide we have time to make a salad. Actually, we can add oil and vinegar to our salads for dressing.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Speaking of vinegar, adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your diet is known to be healthy too. Simply doing a google search will give you information on all the different ways Apple Cider Vinegar is good for you. We already put some Apple Cider Vinegar in our recipes such as stew. It can also be added to a diet by drinking 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon straight, but that doesn’t sound like it would taste the best. It would be better to dilute the amount of vinegar you want with 8 ounces of water. Honey can be added to the mix for a greater taste and it will still remain healthy.
We mentioned water with apple cider vinegar, but the fact is you don’t have to add the vinegar at all. You can just drink the water straight. All diets recommend water and it’s cheap. It is suggested that 64 ounces is the amount you should drink. Water helps the body in all kinds of ways; it fills you up so you are not eating too much, it helps people with bladder problems, it helps with clearer skin, and the list could go on and on. You may find water boring though, but that’s okay because there is another liquid you can add to your diet.
Tea is something that is also good for your health. Specifically for weight loss, green tea is recommended. It is said that drinking 20 ounces, or 2.5 cups a day is best for this. Green Tea helps with more than just weight loss too. It can help improve brain function, lower your risk of cancer, lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and help you live longer; among many other things. Add this tasty beverage to your diet for health.
There is no doubt that cutting unhealthy foods from a diet will make you healthier. Instead of thinking what you have to lose though, think about what you can add. You can add vegetables. You can add oil and vinegar to a salad and olive oil to other vegetables. For liquids you can add water with or without Apple Cider Vinegar, and Green Tea. Start thinking about what you can have instead of what you can’t have to better your health.