One of the biggest mistakes someone can make when trying to establish a healthy lifestyle is to change too much, too quickly. If you try to make these kinds of transitions rapidly, the odds are good you're going to get overwhelmed. Best case scenario, this halts your progress - worst case, it leads you to give up entirely. Instead, try to make gradual changes to your diet and lifestyle. This way, each little addition along the way is more manageable, and you're more likely to maintain momentum.

When it comes to what you're eating, you may have less to change than you think. Chances are you're already regularly eating some of these surprisingly healthy foods. Check out the list to see which of your favorites are great fits for your healthy recipes:

1. Potatoes

Although potatoes have a bad reputation for being all starch and no nutrients, that's just not the case. The skin of potatoes is super healthy, giving you both fiber and potassium. Sweet potatoes are particularly good for you, since on top of the regular potato skin benefits they've got impressive amounts of vitamins A, B5, B6, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin. They've also got carotenoids: the health-boosting antioxidants found in most orange vegetables.

2. Avocados

Don't be discouraged by this vegetable's fattiness: Although it is high in fats, it has the good kinds, including mono and poly unsaturated fats your body needs to function. As long as you keep an eye on serving sizes, avocados may do great things for your health. Avocados are high in potassium, which is an important nutrient for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. They're also a great source of fiber, which will keep your digestive system working in top condition. This means eating avocado may reduce bloating and constipation.

Avocados make a great addition to salads, and serve well as a substitute for mayonnaise in many dishes. Avocados make a great addition to salads, and serve well as a substitute for mayonnaise in many dishes.

3. Coffee

Your morning pick-me-up may actually reduce your risk of colon cancer. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that people with colon cancer who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were less likely to have recurrences than those who didn't. However, drinking before bed can disrupt your sleep, which can have negative effects on your well-being. Moreover, additions to coffee like sugar or creamer can negate coffee's positive effects, so stick to black coffee. 

4. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is the perfect snack for anyone looking to be healthier. It's full of antioxidants and may reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. However, it's important to make sure you're getting truly dark chocolate. Look for bars with cacao percentages that reach at least 70 percent - the higher the better. While these chocolates are more bitter than their milk or white counterparts, most people acquire a taste for them over time. It's also worth looking into different kinds of chocolate: Cocoa beans pick up the flavors of what's grown around them, so chocolate made from different regions will have different nuances. 

5. Honey

Honey is a great natural sweetener that's full of antioxidants. On top of that, honey has another awesome benefit: It can help you sleep better. Your brain produces a chemical called orexin when it thinks you need to be alert: The glucose in honey actually sends a message in your brain that slows orexin production. If you're having trouble dozing off, have a glass of herbal tea sweetened with a spoonful of honey. The honey will help you doze off and get a good night's rest, giving your body a chance to refresh and heal itself overnight. 

This health and nutrition information has been brought to you by Provida Life Sciences. To begin your weight loss journey, check out The Food Lovers Fat Loss System.



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