This week we’re thinking about small changes to our diets.
Diet = the food you eat. Look it up. That’s what the definition is.
Has anyone taken soft drinks out of their diets yet? How about just removing one or two that you currently drink during the day and replacing with water? If possible, use your own, refillable container. If you really get serious about losing the soft drinks and switch entirely to water, without changing anything else in your life, you’ll lose about 10 or 15 pounds over a year’s time, not to mention the piles of additives.
Remember that your body is very, very smart. It will do anything to survive. When it doesn’t get enough water every day, it will start holding onto it.
It’s like using a deprivation diet. When you’re eating less than 1200 cal/day, your body switches into starvation mode, your body hoards fat, burns muscle tissue and your metabolism actually slows down! That’s definitely not the way to burn calories.
The other small change you can make is to switch from white potatoes to sweet potatoes and yams. Not every time you reach for a potato. Occasionally.
You’ll be adding fiber, vitamins, and healthy carbohydrates.
My favorite way to eat them is roasted. Pop them into the oven with whatever else you’re roasting, skin and all. Easy. For a treat, slice them into quarters–or thinner if you need to cook them quickly–spread a cookie sheet with olive oil, get some oil on the sweet potatoes, sprinkle them with sea salt and cinnamon, and roast at 350 or 375, depending on your oven, until they are to your liking. Probably 20 minutes.
These are 2 tiny changes you can make which will have tremendous impact a year from now. Remember, diet is what you eat. Let’s make every bite count!