5 diet habits of healthy women

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BY MARY PEFFER, BYRDIE

Maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging for a variety of reasons: lack of time, ever-evolving research on super foods (remember the kale drama), and an overwhelming amount of competing and expensive diet plans. Long story short, there's tons of noise out there about what to eat and what not to eat. It seems like everyone is an "expert" these days with an opinion. So, to save you time and undue stress, we've streamlined that information, pulling out the most common diet habits from leading voices in the wellness world. Keep scrolling to find out our top five.

They Don't Skip Breakfast

Breakfast might just be the most important meal of the day, so it's important you start off on a healthful foot. To get started, you may find it helpful to stick to similar foods each morning, nothing too complex—think egg whites, organic berries, spinach, and avocado. Or just stick to a smoothie. Once you get comfortable with that, certified holistic nutritionist Elizabeth Stein spilled a few delicious recipes for a healthy breakfast perfect for the weekend when you have a little more time to experiment in the kitchen.

They Eat Whole Foods

One of the first names we think of in Hollywood wellness is Gwyneth Paltrow. She's a big fan of healthy living and elimination diets such as CLEAN that consist of, you guessed it, clean, and whole foods; i.e. foods with tons of additives are out, like frozen dinners, fast food and most any takeout. She encourages the focus to shift to organic produce, lean animal proteins, nuts and non-gluten grains and starch (and her body is kind of proof it works). She even wrote a book of healthy recipes, It's All Good ($19).

They Refuel Post Workout

Following a workout, your body is in recovery mode and your metabolism in overdrive. Consuming the correct foods to replenish, reduce inflammation, and re-hydrate is key. We even have a specific list of which foods to reach for after a workout from our exclusive interview with plant-based nutrition site Vega's national educator and RHN, Emma Andrews.

They Don't Drink Soda

Fact: Consuming soda is one of the worst things you can do to your body. In a study published in the medical journal Heart, drinking only two cans of any soda is proven to increase the risk of heart disease. Instead, sip on a sweet alternative like Vita Coco Coconut Water (pack of 12, $16).

They Consume Healthy Fats

That's right, according to three nutritionists, there are some fats that are considered great for the body's digestion, and we should all be adding them to our grocery list ASAP. A few to know: avocado, raw nuts, and coconut oil.

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Plain Greek yogurt

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Almond Butter

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Pistachios

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Hard Boiled Eggs

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Walnuts

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Apricots

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Cottage cheese

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Turkey jerky

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Kale Chips

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Bananas

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Strawberries

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Edamame

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Grapes

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Pumpkin seeds

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Dark chocolate

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