The beginning of a new year often comes with the goal of eating better.  Eating better doesn’t have to be hard.  Try these simple tips to transition into a healthy diet.

Try focusing on two areas:

  1. Fill yourself with vegetables and fruit.  These foods are low in calories and packed with vital nutrients.  Fruit can also satiate a sweet tooth with natural sugar, instead of refined, processed sugar and unhealthy sugar substitutes.
  2. Include protein.  Protein will help curve hunger, as it reduces appetite and hunger.  Your metabolism will receive a boost from protein, helping with weight loss.  Protein is good for muscle strength and bone health.  Tryptophan, an amino acid found in most protein-rich foods, is converted into serotonin*.
    *Eating carbohydrates help tryptophan cross the blood/brain barrier.