Why It’s Important to Vary Up Your Diet (and How to Get Started)

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Do you find that you’re eating the same thing day in and day out? Do you want a fast, simple way to boost your health and well-being? The secret is in your diet. While healthy eating is, of course, an excellent way to improve your overall health, that food should taste good, too. If it doesn’t taste good, you aren’t getting the wellness boost that great eating can offer.

Why It’s Important You Vary Your Diet

There are so many important reasons to vary your diet by bringing in new ingredients and cuisines into your household.

Get Better Sources of Nutrients and Vitamins

Variety is the spice of life. In the case of food, it’s also where you’ll more successfully bring in the missing vitamins and nutrients into your diet. Keep in mind that you’ll likely need to look beyond the big brand-name stores for the ingredients you’ll need for some dishes. Going to small, independent grocers can be a great way to support your local community while also trying new ingredients.

Support Biodiversity

There are an estimated 200,000 species of edible plants on this planet, and yet we as a species only eat a tiny fraction of that – around 200 plant species. This doesn’t mean that we need to tap into those tens of thousands of other edible plants, but it does mean that we need to expand our diets. Chances are, you only eat a small fraction of those 200 plant species and their variants, so introducing new varieties into your diet can not only bring in more nutrients but also help support the biodiversity of farms.

Introduce New Sensations into Your Life

New cuisines, new ingredients, new sensations. Great meals that taste unlike anything you’ve had before are a great way to spark inspiration and kickstart a whole new avenue for your diet. Eating tasty food feels good, and trying new things in the process is a great way to break up your routine, so you get more enrichment out of your life.

How to Get Started

There are many ways to help you get started. All of them are fun!

First, Find Great Restaurants and Take Aways in Your Area

What better way to try out new dishes than to eat out with friends and family? Eating is a full sensory experience, and the best way to experience any new dish is to try the best your city has to offer. This applies even if you’ve dabbled in the cuisine before but weren’t all too thrilled. You owe new dishes a fighting chance, which is why when you eat out, you need to get the best curry in Bristol, for example, or the best Pho. Finding top-notch restaurants means you’ll always have an amazing go-to, and you’ll also be able to experience first-hand just how great new dishes can be. Going out with friends, especially to restaurants that encourage sharing, is a great way to try as many new flavors as possible in one sitting. 

Follow Food Bloggers and Chefs That Specialize in That Cuisine

Next, follow food bloggers and chefs on social media. They usually post delightful photos of dishes, as well as videos on how to make their food. This way, you can see just how easy it is to make those amazing meals on your own, and you can even start remixing the recipes to suit your tastes and diet.