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Small ways to make your diet healthier

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Eating clean and having a healthy diet might come easily to some, but to others, it could be a daunting task. Attempting a full transformation to your lifestyle could prove difficult to get used to and maintain.

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Nevertheless, there are small changes you can make as a start, to ease yourself gradually into eating healthy. Here are some ways to do so:

Lemon water
Instead of drinking plain water, you could add lemon slices to your flask or bottle. Besides giving the beverage a refreshing taste, lemon is gentle on the taste buds, and can reportedly help in detoxing the body, aid digestion and strengthen the immune system.

Help yourself to a glass of lemon water each morning, 15 to 30 minutes before you have breakfast, to ensure your body enjoys the full benefits of the drink. Those looking for something sweeter can add a bit of honey into the mix as well.

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Chia seeds
Considered by many to be a type of superfood, chia seeds are something that can be easily incorporated into your daily diet. They are a great source of calcium, fibre, and many other forms of nutrients. As such, adding chia seeds to your diet is a great way to strengthen teeth and bones, improve heart health, and provide your body with protein. Simply mix them into your rice, smoothies, or add them into the baking mix for pancakes, bread or muffins.

Brown rice

Compared to white rice, which is the result of complete milling and polishing, brown rice retains high levels of vitamin Bs, manganese, phosphorus, iron, dietary fibre and essential fatty acids.

As a result, brown rice promotes heart health, digestion, lowers cholesterol levels, and aids in weight loss. It is also a popular choice for those looking for gluten-free options. Mix brown rice with white rice to ease it into your diet, and slowly increase the proportions.

Substitutes for vegetable oil

Vegetable oil, commonly used in cooking and baking, is typically rich in saturated fat. For healthier alternatives, use olive oil or coconut oil instead.

Olive oil is good in pasta, salads, sauces, and even breads. It can reportedly lower risk of heart attack and stroke. On the other hand, coconut oil can be used in smoothies and salad dressings. It contains nutrients known to strengthen immunity, regulate blood sugar and help with weight loss.
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