"Stop eating junk. Start a diet. Go on the internet and download a healthy food list option. Shop for fitness clothes. Use your gym membership that’s been unused for 7 months."
"You must have heard one of these things from your friends and family as soon as you said “I want to start living a healthy lifestyle”.
We just have one question, why do we expect people to change their entire lifestyle overnight? How can someone quit eating those tasty oil-dripped noodles and switch to eating only natural food, in a single day?
The smallest step in the right direction can turn into one of the biggest achievements of your life.
This is why most people are not able to keep up with a healthy routine and give up in just 7 days of the shift. Change is inevitable but a gradual change is more easily acceptable than a sudden one. Now that we know all of the above, let’s talk about why you’re actually here. Since you’re reading this blog, let’s first appreciate your first step towards a healthier lifestyle.
There are a plethora of blogs reading benefits of healthy food. They mention how people massively made big changes in life to become fit. But here, we are going to tell you the small changes you can make in your lifestyle today, that will lead to a better and healthier tomorrow.You’ll be surprised how easy these changes are:
Sugar to Jaggery Powder
Jaggery powder vs sugar? Let’s see who wins. Our sweet tooth puts us in the sourest position in life sometimes. On average, a person consumes 250 grams of sugar, which is 3 times more than a person should consume. This is the reason why a switch from sugar to jaggery powder is necessary. Don’t believe us, we’ll make it a bit more clear.
So what is the difference in the nutritional value of 100 gms of sugar and 100 gms of jaggery powder:
- While Sugar contains 388 kcal, jaggery powder contains 378 kcal
Sugar has 0 mg of protein while jaggery powder has 9 mg of protein
Sugar is empty carbs while jaggery powder contains glucose, potassium, magnesium. Manganese, fibre, and iron
Even though the calories in both the edibles are almost the same, sugar is nothing but empty carbs that turn acidic in our digestive system. While jaggery, on the other hand, helps in digestion, as it breaks down and turns into alkaline in our digestive system which improves our health and reduces acidity issues. A small step of switching from sugar into natural jaggery powder can benefit us in bigger ways.
Normal Salt to Pink Salt
Salt, as we all know, enriches the taste of the food to its maximum capacity, but decreases our health in many severe ways. We love to put salt in everything, don’t we? On slices of watery cucumber, kacchi keri, corn, dishes, etc. While you’re loving the enhanced taste of those edibles, your body is hating the cruelty. It is no new news that those extra doses of sodium put our heart and bones at risk, as it increases the chances of heart stroke and decreases bone strength. Switching from normal salt to pink salt is what Himalayan Natives recommends.
So who wins the Pink Salt vs Normal salt battle?
Normal salt loses minerals due to the purification process while pink salt retains all the important minerals.
Pink salt has minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc. while normal salt doesn’t have any.
Pink salt is less stressful for the body to consume when compared to normal salt.
We clearly know who won this round. Switching to Himalayan pink salt and taking another smaller step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Add Quinoa to your meal:
Keen to know why we asked you to add Quinoa to your meals? They have been recently trending all over the internet and the netizens are going gaga over it. Recommended by fitness influencers as well, quinoa has taken over the diet charts with a storm. This plant-based edible is filled with all the 9 imperative amino acids that are essential for your body.
After reading the benefits, we were Quin-wowed, and we are sure, you will be too!
It is fibre rich, which helps in treating constipation and regulating bowel movements
It helps in keeping our stomachs full for longer periods of time, which prevents us from consuming unnecessary carbs.
Consuming 1 bowl of quinoa on a regular basis, may lower the risk of premature death by cancer
For people on a weight loss journey, it’s the perfect meal under 250 kcal.
It prevents bad cholesterol, which reduces the risk of a heart attack.
So 1 bowl of premium quality Quinoa and we win the major battle against diseases.
1 Fist of Dry Fruits and Nuts
Dry fruits and nuts have become the brand ambassadors of items-to-be-served-to-guests. But does the role of these edibles just end there? Absolutely not. Dry fruits and nuts are the best food to eat and incorporate into your daily routine. The benefits of these don't just lead to a healthy body but also healthy skin. Let’s look at some of the benefits:
Helps in good skin & hair: Almonds, walnuts
Keeps your heart healthy: Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts
Helps in weight loss: Almonds, cashews, dates, apricots, raisins, pistachio, dry figs
Controls Constipation, gut, acidity: Cashews, dates, hazelnuts
Reduces stress: walnuts, raisins
Controls bad cholesterol: Cashews, pistachios
Boost energy & immunity: Dates, pistachios
Improves bone health: Apricots, Prunes, dry figs
Controls blood pressure: Prunes, dry figs
A healthy diet is not just eating only fewer calories, but eating a good balance of carbs, fibre, and protein. We all know eggs are a great source of protein, but what if you’re a vegetarian? Does that mean no protein for you? Absolutely not. We’ve listed 5 vegetarian protein sources for you to keep yourself protein rich.
You don’t have to make big changes in your life in a jiffy. Make small changes gradually to convert them into your habits.
By now, you have got an entirely healthy food list to follow. Like the saying, it takes two to tango, this applies here as well. Exercise and good food, both are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Read our blog A balance between exercise and nutrition to know more in depth about it.
We hope to see you fit and fab soon !!