5 Steps To Start Eating Healthier

American cultural anthropologist and author Margaret Mead was right when she said that “It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.” For most of us, shifting from an unhealthy diet to a healthy one can be a Herculean task. As a matter of fact, a 2012 study shows that about 50% of Americans felt that doing the taxes is easier compared to figuring out how to eat healthily.

There are many factors that make healthy eating seem like a complicated affair. Some wrongfully equate healthy eating with bland food and unrealistic fitness goals. Others fall for unsustainable fad diets and contradictory food studies. But the thing is, eating healthier does not have to be overwhelming. According to Fiorella DiCarlo, a New York-based registered dietician, “The more stimulated your palate is, the more likely you are to adhere to eating nutritious food .“

Here are five easy steps you can take to start eating healthier this year.

5. Pick Whole Foods Over Processed

Ditch that instant ramen and frozen pizza and go for whole foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Whole foods are packed with essential nutrients like fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals as opposed to the empty calories that processed foods contain.

TIP: One good start is by adding some vegetables to your lunch and dinner and eating fruits as your snack instead of chips and burgers.