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Being health conscious, I am always looking for ways to ensure that I fuel my body with exactly what it needs to function. Diets aren’t always the solution, and while you can see short-term results in regards to weight loss or feeling good, they often can’t be sustained for the long-term, leaving you back where you started. Nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs really is the best policy, and eating clean and living well and positively can really pay dividends. However, it isn’t always easy to maintain a well-balanced diet, and while we can all have our off days, it is always a good idea to take note of some tips and tricks to help you stay on track. Here are some of the things I think could help you.

 

 

Keep your body hydrated with water

 

 

woman drinking water

Water is nature’s natural detox, and we could all be drinking more of it. But yet, in a busy and hectic lifestyle, it can be easy to forget exactly how much we drink throughout the day. The recommended amount is to drink at least 64 ounces a day, but of course, if you can, drink as much as possible. It helps to flush out any bad toxins in your body and can aid with your skin condition and even the quality of sleep you have. Plus, it could help you eat less. Many times we think we are hungry, it’s actually because we are thirsty.

 

Find alternative ways to cook food nutritiously

pressure cooker chili with quinoa

Cooking the chili in a pressure cooker made it very flavorful and the beef chuck roast chunks tender

 

A lot of the food we consume, especially if we are trying to be healthy, is packed full of nutrients and minerals to help supplement our diet naturally. But yet, many of us overcook our food or simply drain out the best parts of the ingredients before we have even managed to consume them. This is when changing your cooking techniques can help. From using a steamer for vegetables to get investing in the best electric pressure cooker some of these kitchen gadgets can really help you to get the most out of the ingredients you cook, and the meals you prepare.

 

Don’t avoid certain food groups because you think they are bad

bread chocolate sandwich trans fats high sugar

 

Many of us deem certain food groups as bad for us, perhaps things we pick up when looking into diets. But foods like carbohydrates and fats are actually essential parts of a well-balanced diet, and should not be avoided, simply because you think they are bad. Of course, certain foods should be limited, while others you should be eating more of. It is all about finding the best balance for your diet.

 

Grow your own

zucchinis

These are 3 of the monsters I grew in my garden this year – nearly a foot and a half long!

 

Growing your own vegetables can be a great way to stay interested in adding fresh foods to your diet and involved in what you consume and what you don’t. You know exactly how each ingredient you use has been grown. You control whether or not to use chemical additives or opt for natural pest control. Plus people say that fresh always tastes better.

 

Avoid crazy diets

 

Finally, try and avoid being sucked into detox diets that promise quick and amazing results. The truth is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is – and any weight loss you may experience is short term, at best.

 

I hope these tips help you keep your diet balanced and healthy.

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