Tactics for Successful Lifestyle Changes

Cup of Black Coffee

Lifestyle changing tactics can help get one shimmied into a healthier diet one step at a time, and once they've become habitual, can serve for a lifetime.  Losing the convenience of processed or “fast” foods does not necessarily mean that inconvenience is the new way of life. It's all about shopping and cooking smarter, and making some small tweaks a few at a time. 

Food substitutions are a great trick to use in one's food repertoire.  Using avocado instead of mayonnaise on a sandwich or in a salad dressing makes for a luscious, creamy, decadent, and healthy alternative.  Using mustard instead of mayonnaise is great as well.  Homemade mustard is easy to make, and even more delicious. 

Dates make a great sweetener, and can be added to smoothies and other foods with ease.  Cauliflower can be food processed and steamed, and served as “rice”.  It can also be pureed alone as a mashed potatoes replacement, or it can be added to boiled potatoes to seriously cut the carbohydrates in mashed potatoes.  Parsnips can be used with mashed potatoes in a similar fashion, and adds an interesting and delicious flavor.

Another easy tip is, drink coffee and tea without cream, creamer or sugar.  Just take it "black".  Cuts carbohydrates and fat. 

Roasting food instead of frying them is a great way to reduce fat and facilitates the Maillard reaction, which is a fancy way of saying it caramelizes them, increasing their flavor.  This is a common Mediterranean cooking method, and roasted vegetables are often added into entrees, pastas, and salads for a punch of flavor. 

Water is the best health drink out there.  Drink more of it, and less of everything else. Soda should be a no-fly zone, and fruit juice should be replaced with whole fruit. 


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