Diet Changes for 2014

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While the new year is underway, you’re probably still working on those resolutions and making changes for the better. Nothing changes your lifestyle more than alleviating bad foods and replacing them with healthy alternatives. You’ll notice you have more energy, start to run faster and longer, and sleep better. No matter how many hours you spend at the gym or run circles around a track, nothing can make you a better athlete than fueling your body with health foods. Here are some options to try this year and see if it makes a difference:

Change:
Alleviate milk and creamer in your coffee.

Try this:
Switch it out with soy or rice milk. Dairy has come under attack lately by various nutritionists stating it isn’t necessary to survive and alleviating it from your diet can help with bloating, pains, eczema, among others. Try replacing it with soy or almond milk and see if you notice any difference.

Change:
Stop drinking at least one can of soda a day.

Try this:
Soda can dehydrate you as well as cause other problems with internal organs. Switch out one soda with something other than water so you won’t get bored and give up. Try a low-calorie electrolyte drink, flavored ice tea or one of those low-calorie powdered packages you dump into water. These come in all flavors like lemonade or fruit punch.

Change:
Alleviate oil in your baked goods.

Try this:
Instead of using vegetable oil when a recipe calls for it, use fruit instead. Sliced apples add a lot of flavor and juice, making your desserts come out very moist and tasty.

Change:
Add in a meatless day.

Try this:
Many restaurants now offer a special “Meatless Mondays” with vegetarian options. You don’t need to go fully meatless, just one large meal a week. Instead of chicken or steak, try out hummus or beans. It’s not hard to do and you’ll enjoy finding new recipes.