How to be healthy in 2018

It’s only 2 days left till christmas and 8 days left till 2018. So exciting right? We all have goals to be healthy in the coming year and by the time January is over, we give up. I have realised that starting a healthy diet requires discipline and baby steps. I’m a baby vegetarian – new to the vegetarian diet. I started cutting out meat slowing and now most of my diet involves plant-based foods. It is true that you can’t become healthy overnight but takes discipline and practice. I’ve tried to be vegan, it worked for a while but i just couldn’t. I realised that i can’t jump from meat eater to veganism. There are baby steps to each level.

Here are a few healthy substitutions:

  • Instead of white rice switch to brown rice (more fiber, whole grain)
  • Instead of white bread try whole-wheat/gluten-free bread (more fiber)
  • Instead of sugar (whether white or brown) try honey/maple syrup
  • Instead of couscous try quinoa (more fiber, source of protein)
  • Instead of regular milk try almond, rice or coconut milk

Here are a few of my recipes:

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Quinoa with mixed veggies, roasted sweet potato and lettuce with vegan mayo

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Gluten free vegan pancakes with peanut butter

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Quinoa with mushrooms, spinach and kidney beans

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Quinoa with mixed bell peppers and an egg

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Gluten free bread with peanut butter and banana

These are all simple recipes. No, I am not a chef. It is easy to switch to healthy eating without compromising taste or nutrition, what matters is making the decision to do so. With that in mind, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance!!

If you have any questions on the recipes, feel free to comment below!

Thanks

Temi

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Ola! I'm Temilola. I love all things travel and culture related.

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