What’s The Best Diet For Women In Their 20s? (And 30s, too!)
If you’re a woman in her 20’s or 30’s, then finding the best diet to follow can be a tricky thing to accomplish. This is especially true when you have a busy, hectic lifestyle – when it feels like you never have to time to prepare fresh, healthy, nutritious meals.
When this happens, it’s all too common to slip into the habit of living on microwave ready meals, takeaways, and other quick and easy meal choices, while we rationalize that it’s only a “temporary” thing. I think we’ve all been there.
But once you’ve been living like this for a few months (or even a few years), those extra pounds start to show – it’s as if they creep up on you, and before you know it, your favorite clothes fit a little tighter, and you can no longer slip into those skimpy numbers without feeling a little self-conscious each time.
Interestingly, the primary culprit isn’t that you’ve not been hitting the gym often enough (although it certainly helps!) – but the dietary choices you’re making.
Of course, the occasional junk food isn’t going to matter too much in the grand scheme of things, but if it’s starting to make up the majority of your diet – then it’s time to make a change.
Women in their 20’s and 30’s are one of the main consumers of quick-and-easy junk food and ready meals, but unfortunately, this bad habit can catch up with you sooner than you think. What’s more, having a diet that lacks crucial vitamins and nutrients can really increase your risk of health issues later in life…. so it’s really worth your time to get this right! Your 20’s are also the last decade you have for building strong bones (and reducing your risk of osteoporosis later in life).
But it doesn’t have to be like this. Even if you don’t have the time to cook fresh every day, it’s possible to eat healthily with just a little planning, preparation, and knowledge of healthy alternatives.
So with this in mind, I’m going to share a few tips that have worked for me, and will hopefully work for you, too – even if you have kids to look after, and even if you have a busy career which takes up most of your time.
Make ‘Glowing Green Smoothies’
This is something I learned from Kimberly Snyder in her Glowing Lean System. As a side note, I highly recommend her program if you want a convenient, healthy ‘diet plan’ – especially if you’re interested in losing weight, improving your skin, and generally feel fantastic all the time – yes it really is that good.
Essentially, the glowing green smoothie is a quick, convenient, tasty smoothie that works great as a snack or even a meal replacement if you’re in a pinch. It’s low in calories, packed with crucial vitamins / nutrients, and it’s an easy addition to any diet. What’s more, you literally feel healthier and energized whenever you drink it. In short, it’s fantastic! So, how do you make it?
Let’s start with the ingredients:
- – 2 cups of water
- – 1/2 head of spinach
- – 1 head organic romaine
- – juice of 1/2 a lemon
- – 3 to 4 sticks of organic celery
- – 1 banana
- – 1 pear
- – 1 apple
And here’s the method:
Step 1: fill your blender with the 2 cups of water, then add the spinach and romaine. Blend this all together until it arrives at a smooth texture.
Step 2: now add the celery, apple, and pear, then continue to blend until the mixture becomes smooth again.
Step 3: add the lemon juice and banana, and blend until smooth.
Step 4: pour your drink and enjoy! It should also keep in the fridge for a few days, too.
It’s well worth making enough of this to last a few days, and whenever you’re tempted to have junk food or a small snack between meals, have a glass of this instead. I like to use this as a meal replacement occasionally too – and it works great on fast days if you like to live an intermittent fasting lifestyle, as I sometimes do. Finding a healthy, tasty, and easy to prepare snack like this can make any diet easier to manage, it’s an excellent way to lower your daily calorie intake if you’d like to lose a few pounds.
Make Gradual Lifestyle Changes
Have you ever tried to make big changes to diet quickly? I think at some point, everyone has tried something along these lines, whether that’s a restrictive fad diet, cutting out everything that’s not on an ‘approved food list’, or making other dramatic changes that you’re not used to.
But in reality, we’re all creatures of habit, and while it isn’t ‘impossible’ to stick to this type of dramatic change, it’s certainly challenging enough to cause a very high failure rate, followed by a dramatic snapback effect to all of your worst eating habits.
So what’s the answer? In my experience, the best thing to do is pick a small, easier change you can make, and focus on implementing that into your lifestyle over time. For example, you could try replacing your in-between-meal snacks with a healthier option, such as the glowing green smoothie I mentioned above.
See if you can stick to this for a week, then see what the results are like. Are you feeling better, healthier, more motivated to continue? That’s great! You can use this sense of accomplishment to spur you on towards making more changes, all while creating a positive feedback loop that makes dieting fun and rewarding instead of challenging and depressing.
What’s more, these small changes are likely to stick and form daily habits, which is far more constructive than having to burn up your will power each day just to stick to the strict guidelines of the latest fad diet!
Here are a few example habits you could try changing for a week:
- Replacing snacks with a green smoothie.
- Replacing carbonated drinks with flavored water.
- Serve a slightly smaller portion.
- Pick a lower calorie alternative.
- Take up a physical activity to burn a few calories.
The key is to take a look at your day to day lifestyle, and find a habit that you can change without shaking up your life too much, and gradually implement them over time.
The great thing about this is that if you keep doing it, after a few months you will have made some significant positive changes, and you won’t have the jarring snapback effect which makes you crave your old eating habits, either! 🙂