Have you been thinking about trying a healthier diet? Yeah, me too. With all the contradicting information out there, it can get confusing. Here are some basic tips that won’t hurt to try, I promise.

Cut Out Meat

I know, I know…it’s hard to think about this one. BUT…seriously think about it. Red meat has been linked to heart disease, cancers, obesity, other diseases and just generally poor health. Cultures that stick with a mostly vegetarian diet are the cultures with people that live long, healthy lives. For example, Japanese people still eat a mostly plant based diet and people live longer there than in any other place in the world.

Enjoy More Veggies and Fruit

 I’m sure you’ve heard this over and over. But just try it. People think they don’t like veggies, but there are a plethora of recipes out there (thanks internet!) that you can try out. There’s probably even vegetables out there that you haven’t even heard of before. Check out a local farmer’s market and browse some websites for help.

Eat Protein and Fiber

Find protein in beans, cheese, eggs, nuts, or tofu (unless you’re going for a Vegan diet—then no animal products/dairy). Find fiber in brown rice and whole wheat foods. Protein will help build those muscles while fiber helps your digestion, metabolism and all that good stuff!

Drink Water

 Water is so important and overlooked in our diets. Water makes up a huge amount of the human body. A nurse once told me to think of it like this: drinking water is like showering on the inside of your body. You need to shower on the inside just like you need to shower on the outside, so drink lots of water to keep your insides clean and healthy!