Easy swaps for a healthier lifestyle

As a foodie, it is so easy to just be tempted by anything on a menu, or any type of comfort food - for example, I'm weak when it comes to burgers & fries. I just love them, and I believe eating a burger without fries goes against the rules of life.

But, perhaps as a blessing in disguise, my GERD has forced me to make healthier choices when it comes to what I eat in a day.

I'm here to tell you - you don't have to restrict yourself when it comes to eating delicious food! Being healthy doesn't have to be boring at all.

So, here's what I realized and discovered:

  1. Swap your bread to gluten free/lettuce wrap. As much as bread is really good and there are so many varieties to it, if you think about it, it doesn't really bring much to the table. So, if you want to spoil yourself without feeling too heavy, you can swap for gluten free bread. If you want an even healthier choice, then a lettuce wrap should be your go to - you get the extra hydration by eating it!

  2. Swap your sugar for honey or maple syrup. The addiction to sugar in your brain and body is the equivalent of the addiction one can feel towards drugs. We all want a dessert from time to time, but if you generally have a sweet tooth, then maple syrup or honey should be your go to.

  3. Eat your sushi without the crunch. Sushi is just delicious. But think about it, do those crunchy california roles bring anything to the table besides empty calories? The less deep fried foods you eat, the better you will feel.

  4. Infuse your water with lemon, or fruit. I'm the first one to say that I sometimes struggle to drink the general 2L of water per day. Also, to be quite honest, it can feel quite boring at times. So, spice up your water and add a few fruits to it!

  5. Balance your coffee/tea intake by drinking at least 2 glasses of water right after. Coffee & tea can easily dehydrate you - so try to find that balance to drink water directly after any of those delicious beverages.

  6. Replace your Mayo with avocado. Mayo is basically just eggs and olive oil - which are both really good for you! But, if you want the extra nutrients, instead of using a condiment in your sandwich or salad, use an avocado instead.

  7. Replace any condiment with homemade sauces (ex homemade pesto). Sauces are just delicious. But, those ready prepared ones are so filled with ingredients that not all of us can understand, and they're also drenched in sugar. That doesn't mean you should cut them out completely, but just that you can prepare them at home - at least you'll be in control of what you put in!

At the end of the day, life isn't about restricting yourself completely - it's about balance. What I always say is that we only have 1 physical body, so treat it with love. Some things may be extremely delicious to eat, but it doesn't mean you should have them everyday (that's what cheat days are for!).