Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all your favorite things; there are several different things you can swap in all aspects of your life so here are a few ideas:
Swap white pasta for whole wheat pasta
If pasta forms a staple part of your diet, don’t worry, you don’t have to get rid of it altogether. Whole wheat pasta provides more fiber and contains more vitamin E, B vitamins and antioxidants than white pasta so you could make a switch to that or go one further and make ‘courgetti‘ (spiralized courgette) or ‘boodles‘ (pasta made from butternut squash) to boost your vegetable intake.
Swap plain jacket potatoes for sweet potatoes
It’s an easy, cheap and tasty meal, but there’s a way to make baked potatoes healthier, too have a sweet potato instead. They count as one of your five a day while still giving you the carbs you need.
Swap Watching Your Children Play For Playing With Them
Don’t just stand there; get moving. Get your heart rate up and not only will you be getting some exercise but you’ll be spending quality time with your kids and making memories.
Swap Screen Time For Play Time
Whether you have kids or not, most of us are spending too much time in front of screens. Ditch those for ‘play time’ – which can be whatever you want it to be. If you do have kids, then get out to the park, play football with them, whatever it is that will get them outside. For yourself this is important too, but if you must watch telly, why not get a mini trampoline or an exercise bike and work-out while you’re watching it. The TV is a great distraction, and before you know it, you will have done half an hour.
Swap Cigarettes for E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes aren’t entirely risk-free, but experts estimate that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes. E-cigarette vapor contains some potentially dangerous chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels. You can even get some great flavors too and avoid the traditional smell of smoking. Have a look at Daniel Fung of Watertown CT for more options.
Swap white rice for brown or ‘cauli-rice.’
Brown rice is better for you because it has more fiber than white rice, but Cauliflower rice is another excellent option if you want to reduce calorie intake and up your veg count, too.
Swap fruit juice for the fruit itself
Next time you go for a glass of orange juice, it might be worth a re-think. Fruit juice is high in natural sugar, and it’s missing the fiber that the fruit provides. Drinking a glass of orange juice means the fruit’s sugars are more readily available and more easily absorbed by the body than just eating the fruit itself.