I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again that having a good diet is important to living a long and healthy life. Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that. But, what if I told you that you don’t have to sacrifice every single piece of food nourishment in your life to stay healthy.

Joel Snape, the editor of Eat Fit magazine, provides 11 ways you can improve your diet without sacrificing everything that you love to eat. Snape suggests having a breakfast high in protein, veggies, fruits and whole grains as well as replacing soft drinks with sparkling water that can have a slice of lemon or lime added to add flavor.

The great thing about this diet plan too is you’re allowed to have a cheat day but Snape recommends it to be done sparingly. “You should probably stick to one “cheat meal” (basically, everything’s legal until you get up from the table),” said Snape in his article in The Guardian. “And you shouldn’t keep the surviving Pop-Tarts in the house once it’s over.”

Among the other suggestions from Snape is buying a slow cooker, taking a 48-hour break from alcohol once a week (eek) and wait for it…eat more butter. Butter “contains valuable levels of vitamin D and blood pressure-lowering phosphorus and calcium,” said Snape. Just avoid the butters with added oils.

So all it takes to improve your health is to make subtle changes to your diet—You can still enjoy that beer or the donut as long as it is in moderation. What have you done to clean up what you eat? What are some of your favorite healthy recipes?



The Guardian: 11 ways to eat more healthily – without ruining your life