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Three Simple Steps to Reset Your Diet and Health

Are you feeling the need to hit the reset button on your food intake? Those well meaning New Years Goals set just a couple of months ago now out the window?

Perhaps you've been slipping into lots of ultra-processed foods (it happens!) and your body is craving some nourishing, wholesome goodness? Resetting your diet doesn't have to be complicated or overwhelming. Action creates forward momentum - sometimes you just need to know where to start! 

In fact learning how to reset is an important part of sustainable nutrition practices - we do not want to 'be afraid' of life getting busy or changing drastically because it will happen. Knowing how to make small tweaks 

Here are three easy steps you can do right away: 

  1. Add Protein to Your Next Meal: Protein is an essential macronutrient that plays a crucial role in various bodily functions, including muscle repair and growth, hormone production, and immune function. Incorporating protein into your meals can help you feel fuller for longer, curb cravings, and stabilise your blood sugar levels.

    Start by just adding a source of protein to your next meal. Whether it's a handful of nuts (even alongside something sweeter like a cookie), a protein shake, beans, full-fat Greek yogurt, or something larger like grilled chicken - aim to include a protein-rich food to help balance out your plate. Not only will this keep you satisfied, but it will also provide your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

    In terms of protein shakes, I have been using Go Good protein for over six months now. Fair to say I am extremely selective about what I put in my body and have a good understanding of ingredients being in the industry. I would use this daily one way or another. I often have it after training and sometimes alongside something like a snack log or (as pictured below) on of our limited edition Easter Muffins. I have a tub both at home and my office! I will do a full review on this but if you want to try use the code DRJULIE for my exclusive 15% off. 

  2. Do Some Healthy Baking: Who says healthy eating has to be bland or boring? Baking can be a fun and creative way to incorporate nutritious ingredients into your diet while satisfying your sweet tooth. Instead of reaching for store-bought treats laden with refined sugars and unhealthy fats, make a healthier option and feel the difference - not only in eating but how more organised you feel!

    Experiment with recipes that use wholesome ingredients such as whole wheat flour, oats, nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Of course I have you well covered with lots of recipe ideas on my blog, cookbooks and Dr Julie's Kitchen healthy mixes - all of which include extra protein too (yes I made them this way!). Not only will you satisfy your cravings, but you'll also nourish your body with nutrient-dense foods. My chocolate zucchini bread pictured below is super popular and in my Sugar Reduction eBook which is just $14.99.

  3. Meal Prep Some Bulk Dinners: Meal prepping is a game-changer when it comes to sticking to a healthy eating plan. By preparing meals in advance, you can save time, money, and energy during busy weekdays while ensuring that you have nutritious options readily available.

    Having a regular meal preparation day might seem daunting - so just start by doing it once and notice how more in control and sorted you feel. For those that are feeding families having bulk bolognaise (mince or lentils) means you have many dinner options on hand - you can turn this into nachos, spaghetti/pasta bolognaise, mince pie, lasagna...the list is endless. You can use my DJK Spice & Veggie Mixes which already have three freeze dried vegetables included or you can add your own. I have recipes for bulk lots in Feed the Tribe so it takes all the thinking out. Not only will this simplify your weeknight dinners, particularly on pear-shaped days, but it will also help you avoid the temptation of ordering takeout or reaching for convenience foods when you're short on time. Plus these can also be whizzed into baby food! Win-win all around. 

Resetting your diet doesn't have to involve drastic changes or strict restrictions. By taking small, actionable steps like adding protein to your meals, doing some healthy baking, and meal prepping bulk dinners, you can gradually transition to a healthier way of eating that nourishes your body and revitalises your health. So why not start today? Your body will thank you for it.

xx Dr Julie

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